Take a Break to Create
– Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913)
Break to Create means to take a few moments to change your activities to indulge in something you find joyful. I find that a repeatable recognized project brings comfort while the rhythm of my creating brings a sense of calm. Gardening, sewing, baking, dancing, swimming, and for me, it’s knitting.
Doubly Delicious Scarf is a terrific project for beginning to experienced knitters because knitting each block provides a sense of accomplishment, and I look forward with anticipation to the next block. The pattern recommends a yarn category called knitting worsted weight, by changing the yarn weight and needles, any size scarf can be knitted. How to do that can be found on Craft Yarn Council (CYC).
How long should my scarf be? Make the length equal to the height of the person who will wear this scarf – that’s the perfect length!
DOUBLY DELICIOUS SCARF
A dramatic scarf with lots of drama but it’s a very easy project!
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner: projects for first-time knitters using basic knit and slip stitches.
BIG VICTORY: slipping stitches with yarn in front forms Double Knitting which is based on a pattern of an even number of stitches creating a reversible, two-layer, double-thick fabric with two right sides. When working a double-knit fabric, *knit the first stitch, bring the yarn to the front between the needles and slip the next stitch purlwise (as if to purl) with yarn in front; move the yarn between the needles to the back and knit the next stitch* repeat from * ending with a slipped stitch.
WHY I WANT TO KNOW THIS: Slipping stitches is the technique used for many slip-stitch patterns, Mosaic knitting, and Brioche stitch patterns.
Knitting Notes and Skills:
- Cast on and bind off
- k means to knit, and p means to purl
Yarn:#4-knitting worsted weight yarn, about 300 yards total
Needles: US size 10.5 (6.5mm)straight or circular needles
Notions: tapestry needle
Gauge: 18 sts + 24 rows = 4” in garter stitch
Size: about 5” wide by 60” long
Sample knitted in Lion Brand “Vanna’s Choice” (100% acrylic) colorway Fern
Doubly Delicious Scarf Directions:
This scarf is completed by alternating Block One - Garter Stitch Blocks with Block Two - Double Knitting Blocks. Each block contains 18 sts and 22 rows.
Directions: cast on 18 stitches using the long tail cast on technique:
Garter Stitch Block: knit every row for 22 rows or 11 ridges.
Double Knitting Block: double knit every row for 22 rows following these directions
Every Row: *k1, bring the yarn to the front between the needles and slip 1 purlwise, then bring the yarn to the back between the needles* repeat from * to * across the row. The row ends with a slipped stitch.
Repeat this row for a total of 22 rows.
Repeat Blocks One and Block Two for the pattern. Then repeat Block One to the desired length.
Bind Off for Garter Stitch, knit the first two stitches, *insert the left-hand needle into the front of the first stitch and bring it over the second stitch and off the needle; one stitch remains on the right-hand needle and one stitch has been bound off. Knit the next stitch and repeat from * for the bind off. When finished, cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch to lock it.
Finishing: weave in ends.