I am working on some more installments of the male gaze posts (holy cats, you guys have a lot of good thoughts and ideas!) but in the meantime, how’s about a free pattern? I whipped up a quick spring scarf for Eleanor and it’s easy as pie. Easier, honestly – pie crust can be a bit tricky!
It’s called Pippa, after Robert Browning’s lovely little spring poem, “Pippa’s Song”, and it takes just one skein of some really scrumptious DK weight yarn and only two row repeats. You can of course adjust it to any width or length.
4 inches wide, 52 inches long
* 1 skein Squoosh Fiberarts Silky DK [50% merino, 50% silk; 225 yds per 100 gm skein], shown in colorway Shell
* 40 yds scrap yarn in contrast color, shown in A Verb for Keeping Warm Alpaca Silk, colorway Magic Bean (optional)
* 1 pair U.S. size 8 (6 mm) needles
* crochet hook
23 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in Tunisian Rib Stitch
Knit the scarf
CO 23 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K1, [yo, sl1 wyib, k1] to end of row.
Row 2 (RS): K1, [k yo together with sl'd st tbl, k1] to end of row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until scarf measures 52 inches or desired length, ending after Row 2. BO all sts.
Add fringe (optional)
Cut 96 lengths of contrast yarn 9 inches each. Holding 4 strands together, fold in half, creating a small loop near the center of the gathered lengths. Each group of 4 will be attached on every other st of the scarf, 12 groups of 4 to each end of the scarf. Using the crochet hook, pull the center loop through the edge stitch of the scarf. When the loop pulled through is large enough, pull all the ends through the loop and pull it tight. Work all fringe in this same way. Once all the fringe is attached, trim evenly to desired length.
Weave in ends. With a silk blend like the one used, blocking is technically optional. For a deeper texture, leave unblocked. For a drapier scarf, block gently and dry flat.
Notes and modifications
Altering the width and length of the scarf may require more yarn, so if you plan on making a larger scarf, please purchase a second skein of yarn. To make a wider (or more narrow) scarf, cast on any odd number of stitches that matches your gauge and desired width and follow the pattern as written. Altering the length is as easy as binding off when you reach your preferred length. Be sure to use a soft yarn with some drape that feels nice around your neck. The scarf is reversible (both sides shown above) so you can display the side you prefer. Enjoy!
BO – Bind off
CO – Cast on
K – Knit
RS – Right side
sl – Slip
st(s) – Stitch(es)
tbl – Through back loop
WS – Wrong side
wyib – With yarn in back
yo – Yarn over