Here it is, my autumn scarf!
My inspiration for this project was the yarn I used (Noro Silk Garden Sock). Noro yarn is known for beautiful colorways that typically have long runs of colors; this particular ball of yarn had been in my stash for quite a while, and I was searching for a project that would take advantage of the long color runs. Thus, the autumn scarf was born! The scarf is knit lengthwise, so the stripes are long and narrow and run the horizontal length of the scarf. The pattern is very simple; it’s really just a garter stitch scarf, with a few eyelet rows thrown in there to keep it interesting. I can’t claim to have invented this pattern, as many, many knitters have made lengthwise garter stitch scarves in the past, but I’ll include the specs of mine here for the sake of those who are interested in the details.
Here’s how I did it:
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn, one skein Col. No. S245 (100 grams fingering weight yarn)
Needles: 24 inch (60 cm) or longer US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Gauge (prior to blocking): 20 stitches, 28 rows for 4 inch (10 cm) x 4 inch (10 cm) block in garter stitch
Finished measurements (after blocking): 80 inches (203 cm) long, 5.25 inches (13 cm) wide
k2tog tbl: knit two stitches together through back loops (results in a decrease of one stitch)
p2tog: purl two stitches together (results in a decrease of one stitch)
YO: yarn over: wrap yarn once around right-hand needle, from front to back (results in an increase of one stitch)
Instructions for scarf:
Loosely cast-on 315 sts using US size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Row 1: k every st
Rows 2 – 6: repeat row 1
Row 7: p1, [YO, p2tog], repeat from [ to ] to end of row
Repeat rows 1 – 7 five times more
Repeat rows 1 – 5 one time more
Loosely bind-off all sts by [k2tog tbl, slip st back to left-hand needle], repeat from [ to ] to end of row
Cut yarn, leaving tail of about 6 inches (15 cm) in length; bring tail through final bind-off st and pull snug
Weave in ends using tapestry needle; block if desired.
There is one major caveat I have to mention: I intended to use as much of one ball of yarn as possible, in order to make the scarf as wide as I could (and I only had one ball of this yarn in my stash, so going over one ball wasn’t an option); and at the end, I had exactly SEVEN INCHES of yarn leftover! So if your gauge is any looser than mine, you’ll have to plan accordingly.