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Monday, October 6, 2008

Jump Start for the Hollydaze

The Super-Fast, Bookmark-This-Page-You'll-Need-it-Later, Scarf

It IS holiday season in the handknit/crochet world. We're not talking the Christmas creep we're talking preparation. I have some formed some definite opinions about handknit holidays... but I'll put that off in favor of getting you jump-started.

This scarf was born out of the need for a project that:
  • won't cost an arm and a leg
  • will look nice/stylish
  • will work up FAST

This is what I came up with - the most basic of lace patterns (don't get scared, it's not hard) on super-bulky yarn.Materials: Twinkle Handknits Soft Chunky (dist. by Classic Elite), 100% virgin wool, 200 g/83 yds per hank, 1 hank color 20, 1 pair size 19 needles
Finished Measurements: approx 5" wide by 63" long unstretched

Pattern:
CO 10 sts
Row 1 - K1 *(YO, K2tog), repeat from * across to last stitch, K1

Repeat row 1 until you almost run out of yarn, bind off




Tips for this scarf:
  • this scarf can be made in any weight or any fiber, experiment with something else for a slightly different look. (Blizzard and Encore Mega would be our closest subs)
  • the stitch pattern is over an even number of stitches, to make wider or skinnier add or subtract in multiples of 2.
  • big thick yarn works up fast but don't try to move fast - move nice and slow, your hands and wrists will thank you and your scarf will still work up quickly.
  • If you don't want to buy some 19s, just go fishing for your largest needles & see how it looks. 15s? 17s? I know you have some big ol plastic things from Job Lot stashed away somewhere :-)
  • I've knit this in mohair... yum! How about mohair and silk.. oooOOooo.... or malabrigo...
I knit this scarf over the span of a viewing of Iron Man this weekend. Conservatively, I'd call this a 3 hour scarf. I imagine it will be one of my last-minute gift ideas as the holidays close in.

Let me know if you try this out - have fun!

34 comments:

Pegi said...

Ooooooo, so pretty! I might just have to take another trip soon! Like maybe this weekend....

Anonymous said...

OOOO! This scarf is beautiful. I found you off of Ravelry. People are listing their favorite scarves.

(Balzac)

Mrs. Clemmons said...

I am very new to knitting, but this seems so easy. I can't wait to try it tomorrow on the road trip!

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Jenny said...

Thanks so much for your patterns! I saw one finished at my yarn stoaree, and ran home to go to your website for the pattern. I love the super easy 3 hour scarf (k2tog, YO forever ;-) and sent the pattern to m y mother who is blind but wants a simple pattern to use for gifts and charity!! it is perfect, thanks again. keep it up lady!!

Jenny said...

Sorry about my typos in my comment, LOL i am partially blind as well :-) doesnt stop me from knitting any more than it does my mama ;-) HAGD!

Donna said...

Beautiful scarf. I knit a chunky one last year using a different pattern, but is stretched out a ton. How is this one for stretching out??? Would so love to give it a try!!!

Anonymous said...

I made this scarf last year, and liked it so well, I'm doing it again today. Thanks for posting this pattern. Good clear directions too!

Katlyn said...

I just finished this scarf! Love the pattern, thanks for sharing.

http://another-ordinary-life.blogspot.com/2010/04/wraptastic.html

LJ said...

The scarf looks beautiful and I am planning to make it just as shown. I have a question though: how long was the finished product?
Thanks!

Shayla said...

Thanks so much for the great pattern! I bookmarked it as a favorite on Ravelry a while back and finally got around to knitting it this weekend. I posted some pics on my blog here: http://www.designfinch.com/2011/02/06/snowmageddon-scarf/

Loops said...

This is the Loops Christmas Creep, isn't it? It's the same stitch pattern.

yazzz said...

I just posted your pattern on ravelry. Made one. Everyone wanted one. Seems I'll be making one a day until all are happy. So very easy and fun and produces a great scarf! Love it. Thank you!

spinlily said...

I'm knitting this pattern with a heavy worsted yarn and #11 US needles. It's a very interesting look - just what I wanted with Araucania Tolhuaca.

Thank you!

lisa said...

Hi there! this looks like a fabulous scarf and I've got some gorgeous malabrigo wool that would be perfect for it.
A basic question though: are these instructions for knitting in a round or with a pair of needles? (i.e. do I need to switch over to P1,YO,P2tog every other row?

Thanks!

Erika said...

I am in love with this pattern! Kept looking on Ravelry for something that would use the one skein of Malabrigo Rasta Archangel that I love and that is SO DIFFERENT in coloration than all the others I've seen, and I found you! I'm using a 15 needle and it's looking great and knits up so fast!! Thanks again for creating this beautiful pattern!!

Aly said...

I love this pattern! I'm making a scarf for my SIL. It's super fast and super easy! I have ADD when it comes to knitting, so if it doesn't knit up fast, I lose interest!

I am using size 13 needles since that's the biggest I have. I think they're a little too small for this pattern, but they'll do.

I'm also using 3 different colors, just changing out the color whenever I feel like it. It's cute! I hope SIL likes it!

Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Lacey said...

Beautiful scarf. I would love to try this scarf out. But I am just curious what does YO, K2tog mean?

vanitycake said...

@lacey, it means "yarn over, knit 2 together." I just linked to some video tutorials about this on my blog, if that helps! http://vanitycake.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/knit-a-lacy-headband/

emily said...

Am I doing something wrong? The end of each row I have to k1, k1?
k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, k1 (I was doing CO of 12)

Anonymous said...

I love this scarf and am excited to make it! I'm wondering if there's a typo in the pattern. Should it be multiples of 3 + 1? I'm using different yarn and need to cast on more stitches. I think I will need 22 to send with a knit 1, right?

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, I tried to swatch your pattern yesterday but it doesn't work. Could you please explain, how you do the yarn overs and the knit 2 together in my swatch everything was very thight and crumpy and it looks horrible.

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Just knitted this scarf in a day for my student daughter in a lovely supa dupa chunky purple. Fantastic...great pattern

Hillary said...

I needed a super chunky scarf pattern for my sister-in law in Georgia brrrrr-this is perfect. I'm knitting it with Malabrigo Rasta in Soriano. I'm sure it will be beautiful. Thank you for the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern! I'm knitting one in a super-chunky yarn and it's coming out beautifully! I wish I had more one-row-repeat lace patterns like this one!

Kim Miller said...

Searched google for chunky scarf pattern and yours was the first I spotted and said that it is really neat. You weren't lying about how quick it worked up. I have some beautiful Schumann cortina yarn and used size 35 needles and it worked up like a charm. So soft and squishy. Now if I can only get another 3 or 4 done for Christmas.
Thanks for a beautiful pattern.

Anonymous said...

This is a great pattern! I am a pretty novice knitter,wanted something that was more then knit/garter stitch.
I CO an even number and kept coming out as Emily said with an extra stitch, I kept thinking I was YO one extra, but finally realized that it only works with an odd number of stitches, only then could I get it to come up correctly.
So, Emily did you find this to work for you as well?
Anyone else with this issue? I will definitely make several of these fast scarves for next Christmas!

Anonymous said...

How to bind off this sticht pattern? Thanks!

Janet said...

Love the effect of this pattern! I used it with chunky yarn and really enjoyed knitting this pattern! Most recently I used it with Queenland's Uluru yarn, CO 22 stitches, knit the first two and last two rows, but used the K1, YO, K2tog, K1 pattern for the rest of the rows. The result was a beautiful lacy "double wedding ring" effect. I gave the scarf as a gift and my friend received many compliments. I'll use this pattern again. Thanks!

June Giffin said...

Love this, thanks. I also use a strand of worsted and 4-5 strands of self striping super wash sock yarn together. I get a lot of compliments on them.

Rebekah Rice said...

I know this post is old, but I just found it on Pinterest and am making this scarf. After much frustration, I figured out that this pattern is not to be worked on just an even number of stitches, but over a multiple of 3+2, which makes sense when you think of one yarn over stitch plus knitting two together (3 stitches used total), which repeats, and your two knit edge stitches. So you may cast on an odd number. I'm currently working it with a smaller yarn on 23 stitches. It's working up quickly and beautifully.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ravelry and Sage Yarn. I attempted this pattern twice casting on 18 stitches, and I kept getting screwed up in my stitch count! Couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Now that I have seen these notes, I think I'll try casting on 19.

Rachel said...

Do you do anything with looms? I love the look of this scarf, but I'm only starting out with looming for now. Thank you!

Kate said...

Hey! I just found this pattern on Ravelry this morning and I knit an entire scarf with Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky during "Murder on the Orient Express." Thanks for the pattern and the idea for a quick knitted Xmas gift!