Knitting on the Road: The Vacation Scarf

The Vacation Scarf

I spent last week camping in paradise, a.k.a. Yellowstone National Park. I went with a friend and we had so much fun seeing wildlife (bears, wolves, coyotes, moose, elk, pronghorn, and lots of bison!).

I brought along some knitting—a baby vest, a tee-shirt, and some random yarn just in case—but I hardly knit at all! There was just too much to see and do, and most days we got back to our campsite too late to sit around and knit; who wants to knit outside in 50-degree weather, let alone have your knitting smell like a campfire!

I did get some knitting done in the car, though, and a funny thing happened when I picked up the needles after several days of not knitting: I experienced an odd feeling, almost like an adrenalin rush, when I picked up the needles again. It was so weird! I guess I shouldn't have extended amounts of time away from knitting—it might be bad for my health.

Even though the projects I brought were fairly easy knits, I ended up not wanting to work on anything the least bit complicated—I still needed to be able to look out the window to see geysers and bison and wolves (oh, my!). So, I decided to make one of my easy go-to items: the eyelet scarf.

    Three Scarves
A Scarf of Your Very Own by Ann Budd   

I started thinking about this scarf after looking through our new eBook, Best of 2010 Patterns for Knitted Accessories. There's a pattern in there called A Scarf of Your Very Own, by Ann Budd. Ann took three lace patterns and did the math to make three different scarves out of laceweight yarn. While I was deciding what to work on in the car, I thought about this project and remembered my simple eyelet pattern.

This is one of my favorite quickie scarves, and I've made several for gifts. You can use any weight yarn and any size needles. What I'm using for my current scarf is a fingering weight, handspun seacell/merino blend from Three Irish Girls.

I got this yarn at the Sock Summit, and I've been admiring it for almost a year! I'm so glad I threw it in my backpack at the last minute. I had size 7 needles on hand, so I cast on 24 stitches, thinking I'd get about a 5 inch-wide scarf, which I did. (No real swatching on this one; I figured if I didn't like the width I'd just start over.)

Here's my pattern, now named The Vacation Scarf.

CO 24 stitches.
Row 1: K1, *YO, K2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Row 2: K1, *YO, P2tog; rep from * to last st, K1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until scarf is the desired length (or until you run out of yarn!).

Pretty easy, huh?

This pattern gives you a lot of bang for your knitting buck. The lace pattern looks really fancy and it shows off variegated yarn really well, and it's a great stash-buster for those special one or two skeins of yarn you bought on vacation. (Yes, I did visit a yarn shop in Jackson, WY—Knit on Pearl is just darling!)

Kathleen at Yellowstone    
Kathleen and Mimi at Yellowstone Falls

If you're like me and you love a good accessory to take on the road with you, check out Best of 2010 Patterns for Knitted Accessories! Since it's an eBook, you can print out just the pattern you want to work on and slip it into your vacation knitting bag (mine was a Ziplock baggie!)


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