The chilly Antarctic blast that hit us this weekend just past had me digging in my drawers for some of the many winter warmers I made myself earlier on in the year.
Unfortunately I didn't start digging soon enough, because I have chilblains again *Cries*
One of the things I made myself was a scarf using the Scrunchable Scarf pattern that lurks in the corners of the Internet. This pattern makes an utterly gorgeous, completely reversible scarf with any yarn you wish to use. It works up to create repeating vertical columns of knit stitches, purls and a 1x1 moss stitch which pleats itself into a thick, cozy length of material that nicely insulates you from the chill.
I really wanted to make myself one of these scarves. However, the instructions that I found didn't quite make sense to me, and after searching a good dozen or so sites I managed to put together a set of instructions that made sense to the newbie I was. (And indeed the newbie still am!)
This is the scarf I made, using Moda Vera 'Grand', in colour number 4246. It's a nice, heavy wool/acrylic blend that I sadly only managed to obtain 5 balls of, so the scarf isn't quite as long as I'd like it to be.
To make a Scrunchable Scarf, first select your yarn and then hunt up some needles in the size recommended by experience or the manufacturer. (Check the band on the ball of yarn, it should be noted near the gauge)
Cast on the number of stitches that will give you your desired scarf width, making sure your stitches come to a multiple of three. (You MUST cast on a multiple of three for the pattern to work!!)
Now cast on an EXTRA TWO STITCHES for your scarf edges. This is important to ensure that that your scarf has nice, tidy edges.
All you need to do to make the scarf is:
Slip the first stitch, then K2 P1 to the last stitch. Knit the last stitch of the row.
Rinse and repeat this row until your scarf is the desired length (or you are just about out of yarn), then bind off.
That doesn't sound too scary now, does it?