Simple Scarf with Bow
I got back into knitting this winter, and was able to make some cozy gifts for family. This scarf was based on a simple pattern I saw on Martha’s website.
I used a beautiful, soft yarn that was a mix of bamboo and alpaca wool, which made the scarf warm and gave it a subtle sheen. I thought the gray might be a bit boring, but the recipient loves cools neutrals and I ended up being very pleased with the end result.
Generally, the pattern consisted of knitting five stitches on either side of every row, and alternating knitting and purling every row for the remaining stitches to achieve the smooth look on the front. For the ribs, I just knit the front and back of a row, rather than purling, and then went back to the pattern I had previously established.
I wanted to add a little bit of whimsy and creativity, so I trimmed the rows with a cream colored fluffy angora wool, which I crocheted onto the finished scarf. By skipping rows I was able to achieve a chain-like look, which I preferred to a more cramped stitch.
Finally, the addition of a bow, knit in the same manner as the scarf, and added to one end, lent the scarf a fun and sophisticated flair – I can never resist something with a bow!