I’m thrilled to be able to share a simple knit scarf pattern with you today that was written with the idea of it being a quick, easy and pretty project to whip up as a gift or for charity. It’s so cool to be involved in the Yarn Heroes campaign by Lion Brand which is raising awareness about the charities that need us knit and crochet “heroes” to make and donate! Beyond scarves, there are so many things we can make and proudly give to those in need (See my crocheted baby blanket that I made for Project Linus HERE).
What do you think of the look of this scarf? Because it’s made with self striping yarn, you get this beautiful contrast of black and white without ever having to make a yarn color change. This is also a quick scarf if you are a procrastinator and you have to make some last minute gifts. Not that I EVER do something like that. I am always well organized, ahead of schedule and right on top of things. He he! 😉
Of course, you can choose to make this with any color that you’d like including a solid color. It’s easy, quick to work up and only uses two skeins of yarn. This is one of my all time favorite yarns because it’s a warm wooly blend that is soft and comfortable to wear. This will definitely keep someone warm on winter nights! The double seed stitch is currently one of my favorite knit stitches to include in patterns (you might remember it in my Aspen Knit Bag pattern or Knit Coffee Cozy Pattern) because the texture is so wonderful and it’s very repetitive. This scarf pattern is great because while it works up fairly quickly, it looks more complicated than it is because of both the yarn and the stitch. Once again (as with many of my patterns), if you are comfortable with the knit and purl stitch, this scarf will be a breeze!
An easy knit, chunky scarf that is made with the double seed stitch pattern. Use the self-striping yarn as pictured for an easy way to add style, or choose any yarn color of your choice.
Approximately 6” wide and 70” long
Gauge is not important in this pattern
Scroll down for the free pattern, or find an inexpensive printable, advertisement free PDF version of this pattern in my Etsy shop HERE.
This pattern will use nearly the entire two skeins. Depending on your gauge, you may have enough yarn left to make tassels (not pictured) if you’d like.
You will need:
US Size 17 Knitting Needles 12.0 mm
2 Skeins of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Stripes in Checkerboard (87 yards/skein)
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
k – knit
p – purl
The texture is created by alternating knit and purl stitches every two rows. By using the self-striping yarn there is no need for color changes.
Cast on 12 stitches
Row 1 *k2, p2* repeat from * to * across row
Row 2 Repeat row 1
Row 3 *p2, k2* repeat from * to * across row
Row 4 Repeat row 3
Repeat rows 1 – 4 until your scarf is approximately 70” inches long. Cast off, weave in ends.
Maybe you’re making this for yourself or as a gift. I know I’d love to receive this as a gift! If you’re wanting to make it for charity, here’s a few thoughts: Often times you may find a local shelter or charity that accepts scarves like this if you live in a part of the world where folks are trying to stay warm in the winter. There is also a wonderful charity called “Warm Up America” that happily accepts and distributes hand made warm weather gear. Check out their website and how to donate HERE. Feel free to let me know where you’ve donated hats or scarves in the past!
I’d love to hear if you decide to make this! Don’t forget to follow along as 15 bloggers share their free charity patterns at www.yarnheroes.com. Feel free to let me know what you think of this pattern and share a photo of your finished scarf with me on my Facebook page or tag me @mamainastitch #yarnheroes on Instagram. I love hearing from you!
Happiest knitting to you!!