No-Stress Autumn Waves Scarf (with pattern)

Oct 8, 2014 | Other |

Pregnancy hormones have been taking me on a bit of a wild ride these days. It’s almost absurd how quickly my emotions have been flip-flopping during the past week. Luckily, my sudden urges to laugh or cry are so absurd that I can recognize them for the hormone-driven chemical reactions that they are, and I don’t read too much into them.

Nonetheless, I really really needed a relaxing, meditative project to knit away the stress. A project with no shaping and minimal stitch counting, something I could knit up while watching post-season baseball.  Oh yeah, the project also needed to use up yarn that I already had in my stash, because the thought of spending money, even just a couple euros on some new yarn, put me close to tears (thanks hormones!)

Enter the Autumn Waves Scarf!

Easy, repetitive but also much more sophisticated and interesting-looking than a straight garter stitch scarf. I’m going to make it nice and long for multiple wrapping options, and it’s wonderfully stretchy and springy so it will be just perfect for the mild fall we’re experiencing here in Germany. And hey, I just noticed, besides just being pretty and fancy looking, the waves pattern is a perfect metaphor for my wildly waving emotions.

Ready to knit up your own? Pick a couple yarns from your stash with similar thicknesses. The only important requirement for these yarns is that they’re soft, and will feel heavenly (or at least not scratchy) on your neck. Then, pick a needle one size larger than the recommended needle for that yarn. (My yarn recommends size 7; I’m using size 8). This will make the pattern extra soft and lacy and keep your scarf from being stiff.

Autumn Waves Scarf
 
Abbreviations: 
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together as 1
yo: wrap yarn over needle to add a stitch
k = knit
BO = bind off
 
CO 37 stitches
Row 1: slip 1, knit across
Row 2: slip 1, purl across
Row 3: slip 1, (k2tog)2x, [(yo, k1)4x, (k2tog)4x]2x, (yo, k1)4x, (k2tog)2x
Row 4: slip 1, knit across
Repeat rows 1 through 4 four more times, then switch colors.
Continue this way, switching colors every 20 rows (every 5 repeats of the 4-row pattern), until your scarf is the desired length.
BO
weave in ends
After one or two repeats where you have to concentrate on row 3, this pattern will become automatic. I’ve really been enjoying it.
Update: The finished scarf and I go for a walk in the woods:

P.S. Check out this little collage of some of the great projects I’ve knit up for Yarn Birdy customers in the past couple weeks:
P.P.S. My Yarn order from yarnspriations arrived!!!! (cue extreme excitement). Christmas shopping season, the Yarn Birdy Store will be ready for you!

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