My knitting “career” is littered with unfinished projects. I don’t think my attention span lends itself to long term projects. I know how to knit. But projects that involve alot of concentration, counting and keeping track are destined to fail in my hands. Period.
So this simple infinity scarf in moss stitch was the perfect project for me. I was finally kicked into action when I saw Tamsin’s gorgeous scarf. She used the Gaptastic Cowl pattern; but this one was just done on the fly by counting and measuring. The completion of this marks my first EVER wearable knitted project! It’s as simple as knitting a super long rectangle (it’s knitted flat rather than on circulars) then joining the two ends with a simple slip stitch. The moss stitch is super easy and provides a gorgeous texture and ANYONE that can cast on, knit and purl can make this scarf. All in it took me about 5 nights in front of the telly to complete. I really enjoy the repetition and mundanity of moss stitch. It’s like chewing gum for the brain if that makes sense. Very little concentration required and after a while it just becomes a “muscle memory” type thing. A stitch you can do without thinking, whilst binge watching a box set on Netflix 😉
The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran weight yarn in plum. Super difficult to get a consistent colour representation in the images, I’m sorry! The image above is the closest to the actual colour (if a teeny bit more purpley). Really soft and easy to knit with and this make took 4 x 50g balls. Massive array of colours.
The gauge calls for 5mm needles. I wanted a slightly looser/drapier texture so opted for 6mm. These Brittany birchwood needles are so lush to knit with I have to say. I scored them in a charity shop a couple of years back for, like, £1 or something silly! (Charity shops are great places to stock up on knitting needles and crochet hooks ). These are a bit spesh though. They feel wonderful in the hands and stitches just slide along them. £1 well spent!
So…onto the deets. I’ll start by saying this is NOT a knitting pattern per se. I’ve written this so that anyone not familiar with pattern terminology can easily follow it and get the gist. And I don’t want anyone thinking I’m some kind of knitting guru because I am SO not. BUT, I did want to share this because I hear people say so often, that they can’t knit. Seriously, you can knit this. Start by casting on an odd number of stitches. The reason it’s on odd number is that it keeps it simple when knitting each row. Each row is exactly the same. Nothing to remember when you turn your work. Every row starts and ends with a knit stitch. Simple! Great video here for casting on.
I cast on 43 stitches. This gave me a width of about 11″ for my finished scarf in this yarn; which works well for doubling over the scarf when wearing. If you want it wider, cast on a few more stitches. Narrower, cast on a few less. If you’re using a different weight of yarn, simply cast on until the row of stitches on your needles measures the desired width of your finished scarf. Just make sure it’s an odd number.
But let’s work on the basis of this scarf and this yarn for now. Seriously simple. Moss stitch is a beautiful stitch that alternates knit and purl stitches. (K1, P1, K1,P1 etc) Great video for knit here and purl here. This scarf is knit as follows:
- Cast on 43 stitches
- Knit the first stitch
- Bring the yarn between the needles so it’s at the front
- Purl the next stitch
- Bring the yarn between the needles so it’s at the back
- Knit the next stitch
- Repeat that process to end of row
- Every row identical
Keep going until the whole piece measures approx 50-54″ (Make sure you have a small ball of yarn left for finishing) then cast off and join the two ends together with a slip stitch. Weave in ends and you’re done!!
If you’re like me and you’ve never finished a knitting project before…this could just be it! And a great handmade gift too :