Everyone needs a big, bold accessory for fall and winter. In the temperate and sub-tropical latitudes, however, it never really gets cold enough for bulky wool or alpaca, and itís hard to block cotton. Enter the Queen Alysanne scarf, which looks amazing as it falls off the needles and can be worn in a number of different ways. Itís a quick knit, and uses inexpensive yet luxurious yarn. What could be better?
You will need approximately three hundred and fifty yards of bulky weight cotton. I used Billow from Knit Picks, which is a very squishy thick-and-thin, one hundred percent Pima cotton yarn. Three hanks will set you back approximately twenty dollars, and the yarn is so soft that winding the hanks into balls is an unexpected pleasure. As this is a scarf, gauge is not terribly important, but youíll end up with approximately three stitches to the inch. I used a sixteen inch circular needle, size ten.
Cast on forty-one stiches. Knit two rows of garter stitch, placing markers as follows: knit two, place a marker, and then place the next few markers every six stitches until you get to the last nine stitches, where you will knit seven, place a marker, and then knit the last two. This will give you six pattern repeats with a two-stitch border at each side.
This scarf uses the English Lace pattern, which creates a pretty medallion mesh. Itís usually written out for stockinette stich, with every other row purled; here we knit every row for a reversible lace on a garter-stitch background.
Row 1: Knit 2, *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo*; repeat between the asterisks until the last three stitches, k3
Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: knit
Row 3: Knit 2, *K1, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo*; repeat between the asterisks
until the last three stitches, k3
Row 5: Knit 2, *k1, k2tog, y0, k1, yo, ssk*; repeat between the asterisks until the last three stitches, k3
Row 7: Knit 2, k2tog, *k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, sk2p*; repeat between the asterisks to the last seven stitches, ending with k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2.
Note that on the 7th row you will need to move the markers. Itís perhaps easiest to think of the pattern repeat here as beginning with a decrease and then going into the k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 part of the pattern. The first pattern repeat will use a k2 together decrease, which will leave you with an extra stitch before the marker. Slip this stitch and move the marker so that the first subdivision is still six stitches; this will give you eight stitches temporarily in the next section. For the next four pattern repeats, you will begin with the double decrease (sk2p) and then execute the k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 again before moving the marker as before, keeping each segment to six stitches. For the last pattern repeat, you will begin with the double decrease and end with a single decrease (ssk) before knitting the two border stitches.
Continue to repeat the eight rows of the pattern until youíre near the end of your yarn. At this point, you have two options. The simplest is to knit 2 rows and then bind off. However, if youíd like to add a buttonhole row, then use the following for the last six rows of the scarf:
Rows 1 and 2: knit all stitches.
Row 3: knit 2, *yo, k2t* to last two stitches, k2
Rows 4 and 5: knit all stitches.
Row 6: bind off.
If you included the buttonhole ending, you will then sew buttons on the beginning edge. I like five, but this is knitterís choice. Weave in ends, and presto! You will then have a scarf that can be wrapped several times around the neck and buttoned, worn as a long Moebius loop, worn as an infinity scarf, or buttoned in some other way.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Knit Picks. I purchased my yarn with my own funds.