Basic Merino Scarf

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This timeless scarf design will add a very modern look to you style.  The  beauty of the scarf comes from its simplicity achieved with a 2 x 2 ribbed pattern, enhanced by a colour change . Knitted with premium a 100% merino yarn

get ready || before you start knitting

The scarf is approx. 2.5 m [98.5 inches] long and 18 cm [7 inches] wide

10 cm (4 in) x 10 cm(4 in) 24 s x 20 r in 2×2 rib (k2,p2) on 5 mm (US8) needles with 2 strands held together

  • yarn: Sunday by Sandnes Garn 50g/235m ,  scarf is knitted with 2 strands of yarn held together , total yardage needed:
  • knitting needles:
    • straight needles 5 mm (US 8) 
  • other accessories: wool needle,  a piece of  spare yarn in a contrasting colour 

let's knit || knitting pattern

Scarf

About the scarf construction

The design of this scarf is very simple and is based on 2 x 2 (purl 2, knit 2)ribbing pattern. You knit it on the straight needles 5mm (US8).  

You start knitting this scarf by creating an elastic 2 x 2 edge. &  then  you enjoy pure joy of knitting until your scarf is of desired length. Throughout the knitting process ensure even selvedge stitches and smooth transition between colours. You can also decide to knit in one colour only. 

TIPS

  • as you are working at the same time with 2 strands of yarn try to avoid tangling.
  • to get two strands of Sunday Yarn from the same skein, pull one end from the outside and one from the inside of the skein
  • enjoy it! this design is all about the pure pleasure of knitting! 🙂

Check knit along video tutorial on YouTube

Here is the list  of all the stitches and abbreviations used in the pattern. Whenever mentioned in the pattern they will also be linked to dedicated video tutorial. 

Click technique abbreviation to open a tutorial. 

    • k / k2 – knit / knit 2 stitches
    • p / p2 – purl / purl 2 stitches
    • s1k wyib –  slip 1 stitch knitwise with yarn in back

Here is the list of all techniques used in the pattern. Whenever mentioned in the pattern they will also be linked to a dedicated video tutorial.

Click on a technique name to open a tutorial. 

    • long tail cast on
    • tubular bind off
    • waving in lose ends & colour change – knit along video tutorial – 0:16:33
    • closing  stitches in 2×2 ribbing – knit along video tutorial – 0:22:30
Additionally in each section you will find an outline of abbreviations & techniques needed to complete the step.
TIP:
  • before you start knitting this project go through the video tutorials and make sure that you know all the stitches and techniques.  If you do not know them, just grab a spare skein of yarn and practice on a small sample until you are comfortable using it in your bigger project. Practicing on the go seems to be tempting but you may just lose a lot of energy and unnecessarily destroy your precious yarn.

Let’s start knitting!

Intro

You start knitting this scarf  from creating an elastic 2 x 2 edge. 

You knit  on the 5mm (US8) straight knitting needles. You start by casting the required number of stitches and follow the pattern.

Abbreviations & Techniques 

Check knit along video tutorial on YouTube0:01:18

Additionally, you can practice respective techniques. Click on the technique abbreviation or name to open a tutorial. 

Pattern

Cast on 25 stitches on the contrasting colour of yarn using a long tail cast on technique.

Row 2: take the actual yarn in which you wish your scarf to be knitted and knit it across the row. 

Row 3 & 4: knit across the row

In row 5 you will create an elastic edge and double the number of stitches. This is achieved in the following way:

Row5 : * p2, pick up 1 stitch between contrasting yarn and knit,  pick up 1 stitch between contrasting yarn and knit, * repeat across the round until last stitch, pick up 1 stitch between contrasting yarn and knit, p1

You should  have 50 stitches on the needles.

Now creating an elastic edge is completed and you can start knitting the rest of the scarf

Tip

  • you can remove a contrasting yarn after knitting few extra rows of your scarf

proceed if you completed the elastic edge.

Intro

In this section you will continue knitting scarf in 2 x 2 ribbing until desired length. You continue  knitting on the 5mm (US8) straight needles ensuring even selvedge stitches.

Abbreviations & Techniques

Check knit along video tutorial on YouTube0:11:08

Additionally, you can practice respective techniques. Click on the technique abbreviation or name to open a tutorial. 

    • k / k1/ k2 – knit / knit 1 stitch /  knit 2 stitches
    • p / p1/ p2 – purl / purl 1 stitch /  purl 2 stitches
    • s1k wyib –  slip 1 stitch knitwise with yarn in back

Pattern

You can knit this section in 2 ways that will ensure even selvedge stitches: 

Option 1

Row 1: s1k wyib, p1, *k2, p2, repeat * until 2 last stitches, k1, s1k wyib

Row 2:  *p2, k2, repeat * across the row

Repeat Row 1 & 2 until the desired length of the scarf. 

Knit along video tutorial on YouTube calls for this method.

Option 2

Row 1: s1k wyib, p1, *k2, p2, repeat * until 2 last stitches, k1, p1

Repeat Row 1  until the desired length of the scarf. 

proceed if your scarf is of desired length

Intro

Now you will bind off  stitches to finish off your project. However, to achieve an elastic edge you will change pattern from 2×2 to 1×1. Therefore you need to alternate between k1, p1.

Abbreviations & techniques

Check knit along video tutorial on YouTube 0:22:30

Additionally, you can practice respective techniques. Click on the technique abbreviation or name to open a tutorial. 

    • k / k1 – knit / knit 1 stitch
    • p / p1– purl / purl 1 stitch
    • tubular bind off 
    • changing 2×2 to 1×1 – knit along video tutorial on YouTube – 0:22:30

Pattern

To bind off you stitches you will have to change pattern from 2×2 to 1×1 ribbing. This is done by reversing the order of the purl and knit stitches. 

You continue knitting your scarf following the stitches: 

Row 1: k1,p1,k1. Next stitch is a knit stitch but to create a 1×1 pattern you need a purl stitch, therefore you change the order of the next 2 stitches. After making the change you continue: p1,k1,p1,k1. Next stitch is a knit stitch, but to create a 1×1 pattern you need a purl stitch, therefore you change the order of the next 2 stitches. You continue like that until the end of the row. 

Bind off you stitches using a tubular bind off technique. 

There are last two things you need to do to before enjoying your scarf:

  • wave in all loose ends. Knit along video tutorial shows how to do it – 0:16:33
  • block your scarf.  Meaning, give it a gentle hand wash in a warm water. Ideally just soak it for a few minutes and press out the water, never wring!  Lay the garment on a clean towel and roll it up like a jelly roll to extract water.Then let dry flat on a new towel or a mesh rack, never hang-dry. Give your scarf final shape –  you can adjust the width and length, and as the garment dries it will set in place. Do not exaggerate – wool stretches easily 😉
congratulations! your scarf is now ready to wear! how does that feel?
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