Alright kids, here we go again.
One of my first posts and tutorials, Textured Circle Scarf, was in desperate need of a re-knit. I know I haven’t blogged much, but I’m already at that stage where I look back at old posts, particularly “tutorials”, and wince. Since this scarf is easily the most worn thing I’ve ever made, I figured it was high time for an updated, more polished version. Circle Scarf 2nd Edition.
May I begin by stating the obvious – this Malabrigo yarn is gorgeous. It’s a pure merino super wash wool and incredibly soft. The merino wool I used for the last one was just a bit scratchy and irritated by neck initially, but this is soft so soft and warm. The variation and depth of colour is heavenly and makes an otherwise plain pattern look… good! I picked it up at The Purple Purl on Queen East.
DISCLAIMER: Since I’m no professional and not yet comfortable writing a proper pattern suggesting types of yarn that can be used, I’m going to play it safe and tell you exactly what I used to make this. Hopefully from this you’ll be able to deduce what other yarns would give a similar effect. I’d hate to say ‘any bulky weight wool will work’ and have someone start knitting it to discover it’s not the same dimensions. I think that happened with the last pattern… (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!)
3 skeins Malabrigo Mecha 880 HOJAS pure merino superwash wool (130 yards per skein, approx 100 grams)
1 pair circular US10.85 (7.5mm), 24inch (60cm) needles (I used Addi Turbo Rockets)
1 large tapestry needle (to seam and weave in ends)
13 stitches = 4inches
Roughly 13 inches wide by 54 inches in circumference.
Wraps around neck twice (previous pattern wrapped 3 times)
Cast On 45 stitches
Row 1: Knit 15 stitches, Purl 15 stitches, Knit 15 stitches
Row 2: Purl 15 stitches, Knit 15 stitches, Purl 15 stitches
Repeat rows 1 & 2 9 times until you have 18 rows total.
Row 19: Purl 15 stitches, Knit 15 stitches, Purl 15 stitches
Row 20: Knit 15 stitches, Purl 15 stitches, Knit 15 stitches
Repeat rows 19 & 20 9 times until you have 36 rows total. You should be able to see 6 ‘squares’ at this point, meaning you have worked 2 rows of squares (hopefully that makes sense).
NOTE: I slipped the first stitch of every row to give the edges a cleaner finish. Slip knitwise for knit row, purlwise for purl row.
Continue knitting in this way, alternating squares every 18 rows, until you have 14 rows of squares. I ran out of yarn just before finishing, so my last row of squares is only 12 rows high instead of 18 (thankfully you really can’t notice it). If you have less or more rows of squares, just make sure that you have an even number so that when you join it in the round your pattern is continuous.
Seam in the round using your tapestry needle. I used mattress seam.
In closing, I have to tell you one of my favourite things about this circle scarf is you can pull part of it up over your head if it’s snowing or raining. I’m not one to carry an umbrella, so to avoid arriving to school/work/whatever looking like a wet dog I pull this manoeuvre. It gets some weird looks but Hey, it works!