Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bailey's Checkered Scarf (Christmas 1 of 5)

My mom wanted me to teach her how to knit this holiday visit and my crafty sister-in-law decided to join in the fun. Scarves seemed like the prefect starting point and so we decided on Christmas scarves for the family portrait. Each one of the five is a different pattern made with Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick cranberry yarn, with either a Fun Fur or other suitable white yarn at the end.

Bailey's Checkered Scarf
Yarn: Lion Brand Jiffy Thick & Quick - Cranberry & Fun Fur white
Needles: US 13
Gauge: N/A

Fringe:
[Note: If you want to crochet the fringe on after, just cast on 10 cranberry and work the pattern as directed.]
Row 1: Cast on 10
Row 2-11: K across (we only did up till row 6 of white because we were running out, the rest we did in the cranberry)

Pattern: (in cranberry)
K5, P5 for 5 rows (or however many on your gauge to get what looks like a knitted and purled square)
P5, K5 for 5 rows (or, again, however many your gauge requires to get squares)

Repeat pattern for a total of 11 times.

Here's the tricky part: You want to create a loop at the end of the scarf to pass the other end through. You can either cast off and then sew the end (that you just cast off) to the beginning of the 9th repeat of the pattern, or you and pick up stitches from that row and k2tog with those on the needle as you cast off.

Weave in ends and you're done! All in all, this took my sister-in-law about two hours from start to finish. Next she wants me to teach her cables.