We don’t need another basic scarf pattern now, do we? Here’s how the pattern came about…
Recently I attended the Bairnsdale Makers Market, a quarterly market for handmade goods celebrating the change of seasons. Held on the 1st Saturday in March, June, September and December, this market has free entry, ample parking, refreshments sold by a charity group, and most importantly a coffee vendor! A farmer’s market is held at the same time just a few hundred metres away, so you can do your grocery shopping at the same time.
At the March 2017 BMM I met a lot of lovely people and chatted about yarn, crafting and handmade in general. I spoke to some ladies who used to knit fine lace shawls, a farming couple who raise merino sheep, knitters, crafters and needle-felters, as well as fellow stall holders of various handmade goodies from jewellery, quilting, watercolour artwork, clothing, soaps… the variety was endless! One highlight was the lunch order: the wonderful ladies of the Red Cross provided a pre-ordered lunch service to the stallholders. It took me back to my primary school days of ham/salad sandwiches in waxed paper wrap, with your change taped to the brown paper bag ♥
About a week after the BMM, one of my customers emailed me: she’d bought a skein of Mother’s Love to knit a scarf, but the thread looked too thin, and she had no idea what to do. She’d learnt to knit a scarf a couple of decades ago, and only knew how to cast on and off, and “plain stitch”. I immediately searched on Ravelry for a knitted garter stitch scarf using 100g of 4ply/fingering weight yarn, but could I find what I was after? There were lovely triangle scarves which require increasing and decreasing; beautiful scarves with ribbing and other texture that require purl stitch; there were slipped selvage stitches, and yarn over lace, and cables. I decided that it would be quicker to write up a simple pattern, so here it is!
Basic Sock Yarn Scarf
You will need:
- 100g or 300+m (328+yd) of 4ply/fingering/sock weight yarn
- 3.50mm knitting needle
Cast on about 30-40 stitches, depending on how wide you’d like your scarf to be. Knit until you are almost out of yarn, or the scarf is the length you want.
Cast off – you will need about 4-5 times the width of the scarf in yarn. Wear and enjoy!