Sunday, November 05, 2006

Memories of Summer Scarf

The flowers are disappearing. The leaves are falling from the trees. The deep green hills of the Pacific Northwest are turning yellow, red, and orange. All these changes make me miss the green foliage and beautiful flowers. A leafy, flowery scarf is the perfect functional reminder of summertime.



Materials:
I used olive green, forest green, and rosy pink acrylic yarn.
U.S. size 8 needles.

Gauge is not too important here.

Terms:
yo - yarn over
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
k3tog - knit 3 stitches together
ssk - slip 2 stitches one at a time onto the right needle, slip both stitches back on the left needle and knit them together.

Base scarf:

Using the olive green yarn, cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1: K1, (yo, k2tog) 7 times
Row 2: Purl

Repeat until the scarf is as long as you want it.



Leaves:

Use the forest green yarn.
Leave the cast on end and the fastened off end long so you can use them to sew the leaves to the base scarf.

Small leaf
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1 and every wrong side row, purl
Row 2: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 4: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 6: knit
Row 8: ssk, k3, k2tog
Row 10: ssk, k1, k2tog
Row 12: k3tog

Medium leaf
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1 and every wrong side row, purl
Row 2: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1
Row 4: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2
Row 6: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: knit
Row 10: ssk, k5, k2tog
Row 12: ssk, k3, k2tog
Row 14: ssk, k1, k2tog
Row 16: k3tog

Large and extra large leaves
You get the idea right? Just add another row of yarn overs and decreases to make bigger leaves.

Flowers:
Using the pink yarn, cast on 15 stitches.
Rows 1: knit
Row 2: purl
repeat once
Row 5: knit into the front and back of each stitch
Row 6: purl
repeat once

Bind off loosely and leave the ends long.

The fabric should have a natural curl. Simply wind it up until it is in the shape you want. Use your end to sew it into place. Leave the rest of the end loose to sew the flower to your scarf.

I made 20 leaves (5 small, 9 medium, 3 large, and 3 extra large) and 4 flowers.

Finishing:

Sew all your leaves and flowers onto the scarf. I sewed the leaves in clusters around the flowers and left a few scattered around the rest of the scarf.

2 comments:

Samantha said...

Really neat! I love the way you knitted the flowers.

Zaz said...

i do love your scarfhat idea and how it came out.