Easy Elegant Scarfcomments (2) April 4th, 2008
If some overcast weather is getting you down, throw a colorful scarf around your neck for an instant pick-me-up! Forget about that woolly, utilitarian number geared for warmth, go for style and panache with this Easy Elegant Scarf. In just an evening you will have a lovely scarf to brighten even the greyest of mornings! Even better, the scarf can be worn year round. The rayon bouclé version has shine, texture, and a lovely drape. It’s a joy to wear alone or layered with your favorite necklace for textural interest. The rayon bouclé/mohair adds a halo of warmth to the scarf and can be worn over a shirt or outerwear for a designer look. Either way your will get so many compliments you will probably make more than one—to keep and to share with your best friends.
Your best bet is thinner yarn with drape and a little shimmer. The Fiesta Yarns rayon bouclé is a wonderful choice. If you choose a rayon bouclé it is very slippery and it is recommended that the hank be wound into balls with an umbrella swift, otherwise you will end up with a tangled mess on your hands. Ball it by hand versus a ball winder and place the ball in a zip-top bag, threading the yarn through a slit you cut in the bottom of the bag.
The lovely bouclé/mohair poses its own set of challenges. This too needs to be wound from a swift. Pay special attention, as the bouclé and the mohair can become uneven in length. For this yarn you can use the ball winder versus balling by hand. Use the zip-top bag method for this yarn as well.
Do not be discouraged. The scarf is so darn simple to knit that the winding step will be soon forgotten as the scarf flies off the needles.
All you will need is one ball of the bouclé (240 yards) for the scarf. For something a bit more substantial with a little warmth, I made a larger scarf/shawl using 2 balls of Fiesta Yarns La Boheme bouclé/mohair (165 yards x 2).
Size 15 circular
Cast on 35 stitches loosely
Row 1: Increase in the first knit stitch, knit until last stitch then increase 1 stitch in the last stitch. You now have 37 stitches on your needle.
Repeat row 1 until most of your yarn is used up. Be sure to save enough to bind off. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends, drape around your neck and you’re ready to make your entrance!
Thanks to Milissa Little at Appalachian Yarn and Fiber who introduced me to this scarf which was modified from a Fiesta Yarns pattern.
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