Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Sunset Scarf-- With Free Pattern!

This is a tiny scarf I knit up over thanksgiving break last year, and never got around to posting about-- although you might recognize some of the photos. It's a simple knit, but I've included a pattern at the bottom of the post just in case. If you like simple kid knits check out my other knitting patterns!

Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade

The scarf is from yarn I hand dyed a few (um, more like 10) years ago that I found in my box of knitting things. It's mostly oranges and pinks, but is has some flecks of blue-green in it as well-- and it reminded me of our prairie sunsets.

Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade

Since I had just a tiny bit of yarn, I put a keyhole in the scarf so it would stay secure without having to wrap all the way around her neck. You can see the key hole a bit better in this picture.

Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade
Bonus-- it doubles as an earwarmer/headband.  I just cinch it around her head, and tuck the ends under the back of her head. Of course, it's easier to do this when she's asleep.
Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade
This is a great pattern for when you are in the mood for some mindless knitting, or a simple pattern if you are just starting out with knits and purls. Compared to knitting a traditional scarf, this is done in a quarter of the time and with about a quarter of the yarn making it a perfect choice for those hand dyed skiens or last minute gifts.

The Sunset Scarf Pattern

Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade

Materials:


1 skein bulky weight yarn
Size 8 knitting needles

Gauge: 

I knit at 6 stiches per inch in k1p1 rib. Gauge is not crucial for this scarf, and I've given measurements below to help you modify the pattern for a different gauge.

Directions:


  • Cast on 22 stitches
  • Row 1: Slip 1,  [knit 1, purl1] 10 times, end knit1.
  • Row 2-115: Repeat row 1 for 115 rows, or until work measures 23 inches.  
  • Row 116:  Slip 1,  [knit 1, purl1] 3 times, k1then bind off 6 stitches in pattern, purl, [knit 1, purl1] 3 times 
  • Row 117: Slip 1,  [knit 1, purl1] 3 times, k1, cast on  6 stitches using backward loop cast on, purl, [knit 1, purl1] 3 times
  • Row 117-135: Repeat row 1 for 18 rows, or until work measures 26 inches total.
  • Bind off 22 stitches in pattern 

Finishing:

Weave in ends, block if desired, and wrap around a child you love. It's a wearable hug!
Free Child's Keyhole Scarf Pattern: The Sunset Scarf by Make It Handmade




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