Wrap Yourself Up in a Knitted Scarf

My favorite scarf! Cashmere goodness
in a beautiful color.

Lots of knitters stop knitting scarves after they become intermediate knitters—as beginners, we're encouraged to knit scarves to get comfortable with the knit stitch, and we end up with a lot of garter-stitch scarves in our scarf drawer!

I too steered away from scarves and moved on to hats, sweaters, mittens, gloves, socks, etc., but in the the last couple of years I've become a scarf knitter again.

I think scarves are a wonderful knitting experience for several reasons:

1. They're perfect knits when you want to make a cherished gift.

2. They're a good way to use single skeins of leftover yarn that have been sitting in your stash for too long.

3. They're a good way to use single skeins of luxury yarn that you're dying to try but can't afford to buy in sweater quantity.

4. They're a wonderful way to try new stitch patterns.

5. They're a super tool to use to try your hand at design! Just swatch the stitch pattern you like to see how many repeats you'll need in order to get the width you want, add a border if necessary, and knit, knit, knit!

I've knit so many scarves over the years that I have a bunch to wear throughout the winter. I love matching my scarves with outfits (and I love the compliments I get all season long!).

One of my favorite scarves is a Norah Gaughan design called Jyri (pictured above left). It's a lace pattern that's unblocked and the wrong side is actually the front. It's knit end to end, and I was lucky enough to have three skeins of Artyarns Cashmere 5 to knit it with. The scarf is so soft and warm—I've been wearing it a lot during the last few weeks of 20- and 3-degree days! But I can't wear the Jyri every day, so guess what?

I need a new scarf!

I'm in the midst of knitting two sweaters right now, and I like to have a portable project, too—one that I can slip in my bag to take with me wherever I go just in case I get a minute to knit when I'm out and about. Just one more reason to cast on a scarf project, right?

I need help deciding on my new scarf, so please take a look at the patterns below and help me decide which one to knit!

I love the quirkiness of the Fickle Fingers Scarf. It's a real conversation piece! The Pfieffer Falls Hooded Scarf—a scarf with a hood—bonus!
Backyard Leaves is really classy, and I have a skein of green cashmere that would be perfect! The Big Thompson just looks so comfy. I love a bias knit and the eyelet accent is really pretty.

Please leave a comment below to let me know which one is your favorite. I can't wait to cast on!


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