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June 6, 2005

Magic Scarf -- a better recipe


The sun is out today, so let's talk about knitting. Because summertime and sunshine, ya'll that's scarf weather! People on the bus probably think I have gone buckwild crazy, knitting in summer. But yarn is a higher calling, and it calls to me even on sunny days.

I have had more emails than I can count about the scarf with the fancy schmancy pattern, modeled by one Roy The Cat. The basketweave/checkerboard scarf is probably my all-time favorite because it's easy and it looks great and I was so sure I was making crazy advanced knitting strides -- although, really, it's just knit and purl. It's so easy! Even though it looks complex! (I totally lied and told non-knitting friends this pattern was VERY complex and DIFFICULT knitting. Ha! Forget living out loud!)

The first time I posted about making my Magic Scarf (as Drew calls it), I may have been a bit vague and also, me giving directions? So sad. "Turn left where the old truck used to be. Then go up the road a ways... and you know where they once planned to build the Home Depot but didn't? Turn right a little before that."

So here is a better scarf recipe. The kind ladies at A Major Knitwork patiently showed me how to make this pattern. Thanks to Heidi for asking the right questions and to Drew for showing us all how edging is really done!

Hah hah has anyone gotten the irony here of me, gaugeless girl who also cannot cook, posting a knitting recipe?

Magic Scarf
You'll need:

  • yarn

  • knitting needles

The recipe:
(Vary as needed for taste)

  • Cast on 20 stitches

  • Knit 5 stitches. Purl 5. Knit 5. Purl 5.

  • Repeat for ten rows.

  • Magic time! On row 11, Begin the row with PURL 5, then knit 5, purl 5, knit 5.

  • Repeat for ten rows.

  • Go back to knit 5, purl 5. Knit 5. Purl 5 for ten rows.

  • On and on. I did this for nine feet. I am crazy.

  • Bind off! Love! Enjoy!

Can it get any easier?

The concept behind the scarf is so cool. You're making little blocks of stockinette stitch. Some blocks are stockinette, and some are reverse stockinette, and it makes a checkerboard!



Alterations to the recipe:

  • Knit three rows of garter stitch at the beginning and end of the scarf to keep it nice and flat.

  • Knit 3 stitches of garter stitch on the edges (like Drew's scarf).

  • Add fringe.

  • Add stripes (I did all mine in self-striping wool and they look so pretty! If I do say so myself.) (And I do.)

Links to magic scarf stuff:

Let me know if you made something, too, and want your link on the list! I still think it's magic the way knits and purls make art. Magic! Or maybe yarn gnomes! Either way, love you, knitting.

No gnomes were harmed in the making of this Magic Scarf.

Posted by laurie at June 6, 2005 1:52 PM