Late last week I got an emailed note from our local machine knitters guild about:
the request for
red scarves for AIDS day on December 1. They have significantly reduced
their hopes from their original 250 and then 100, and now would be happy with a
minimum of 5 scarves. They will reimburse us for materials.
After checking on-line, this is a nationwide campaign
and I felt so bad that they would now be happy with 5 scarves, I immediately dashed
out to Michael's and bought a skein of Red Heart to test out the pattern - they
are looking for a unisex scarf in red,
6 in X 60 in. I remembered this easy
pattern that I did on the LK150 several years ago.
Drop Stitch Tube Scarf
Solid colour makes an easy, super-fast, super
soft tube scarf! Try it in a variegated or space dyed yarn to add lots of
colour - the drop stitch technique makes big stitches and large colour
Finished size: 6 inch wide, length, approx 60 inches.
Meant to be long enough to wrap around neck and hang down to mid chest.
DK superwash wool, solid colour (T5), 100g. OR Red Heart SuperSaver T6, (7 oz/333m)
gauge 6.5mm, LK150 used
Stitch size: T5-6.
1. 32-0-31 ns. Bring only every other needle out.
2. Leaving approx 30 inch tail of yarn, MC, e-wrap ns.
T9, K1R. Hang combs and weight.
3. Bring between ns to work (all in work, 63 sts).
4. T6, MC, knit 150 rows (or until you almost run out
of yarn or piece hits the floor). Save approx 50 inch tail to seam with.
5. Drop every other stitch (the between ones from #3),
making sure they are not the original e-wrapped
6. Thread tail of yarn into darning needle and take
remaining stitches off, to draw into a circle.
7. Pull on fabric to unladder dropped stitches down to
starting edge. Draw tail from that end into a circle and tie.
8. Use tails to seam fabric into a tube. I found this
easiest to do from purl side, taking half outside edge of ‘knot’ stitch of one
side to next 'loop' stitch on other side, making a modified mattress seam.
Leave opening at centre to turn scarf to right side. Finish seam.
This is pretty quick - under an hour with the
hand seaming and it's kind of fun pulling and popping the stitches - please
make one for the AIDS campaign and then feel free to use the pattern for fast, last minute Christmas gifts! (yes, Christmas is coming!)