About two weeks ago, I noticed this beautiful yarn and I couldn’t resist it! Even before I was able to reach the check out line, I’d imagined the scarf and hat that I would create. By the time I actually got to check out, my reality began to sink in…I’m a habitual starter of projects. You wouldn’t believe how many boxes of “projects” line closets in my home. Several half smocked baby gowns…my daughter is 15, not months but, years old! Pattern pinned fabrics for aprons, decorative pillows, valances(remember when those were all the rage when paired with mini blinds…about 18 years ago?), and skirts from 4 sizes ago. I have enough paint, wood pieces, handmade paper, glue guns, ribbon, and jewelry findings to open my own craft store.
With all that said, I have followed many projects through to completion. So, back to the yarn…I, with basic/limited knitting skills and no pattern, completed a scarf with that beautiful yarn!
Instructions on next page…
Dropped Stitch Scarf
10 x 60 inches knitted…10 x 76 with fringe
You will need:
1 – 6 ounce skein HomeSpun yarn, I used Coral Gables
1 ball polyester ribbon thread, complimentary to yarn color
1 pair 10.5 size knitting needles
**Note: If using this type yarn, be careful, it is loosely woven and you can easily pull stray threads and cause knotting.
Cast on a total of 23 stitches. Knit 1st row and Purl 2nd row and repeat until scarf is the desired length. After about 10 inches, the scarf will begin to curl inward. Don’t worry, once you’re gotten to the desired length, the stitches that you drop will eliminate this effect. When you are ready to cast off, with the crochet hook make a slip loop as close to the last stitch as possible, secure the first stitch, drop the second stitch and chain 1, secure the next 4 stitches(3, 4, 5 &6), drop the next stitch(7) and chain 1, secure the next 4 stitches(8, 9, 10 & 11), drop the next stitch(12) and chain 1, secure the next 4 stitches(13, 14, 15 & 16), drop the next stitch(17) and chain 1, secure the next 4 stitches(18, 19, 20 & 21), drop the next stitch(22)and chain 1, secure the remaining stitch(23). Cut yarn 8 inches and draw through last loop to finish.
Gently pull at dropped stitches and unravel to bottom of scarf. Cut yarn and ribbon thread into 16 inch lengths, making 42 yarn and 22 ribbon. Divide these in half to have 21 yarn and 11 ribbon for each end. Fold each in half and use a crochet hook to pull looped ends from back and pull ends through loop.