Editor’s Choice: Knit ahead for Christmas – Scarves
In Merion’s search for knit-ahead gifts, she’s looking at scarf patterns this week – from cables to colourwork and anything in between!
If you’ve been following this series on the blog, you’ll know I’m in the midst of Christmas gift knitting! So far I’ve looked at shawls, hats for teenagers and a glorious pair of gloves – and as the weeks go on the time for knitting is getting shorter and shorter. This this week I’ve found you a range of scarf patterns to inspire you in the run up to Christmas.
Scarves are fabulous to knit. They’re portable, so you can carry your knitting around with you and get a few rows of knitting done if you’re on a train or waiting for an appointment, and often they involve a simple repeat of stitches over a short distance. If you want to knit a fabulously simple scarf, simply choose your favourite chunky or super chunky yarn, cast on as many stitches as you’d like your scarf to be wide, and knit! Garter stitch is great for scarves – it doesn’t curl and it’s squishy to tuck around your neck, so grab your favourite yarn and get knitting.
Ooooh this is very cosy! Knit on 7mm with a chunky yarn, this cable scarf with pockets will grow fast, and it’s a great introduction to cables if you haven’t tried them yet. Make it with your favourite chunky yarn – the yarn featured is Wendy Serenity Chunky, which is a blend of wool, alpaca and acrylic.
This is something really different! Mohair is fabulously warm, and Blackberry Stitch has a fabulously textured finish that will pop in any yarn you choose. I love the halo that comes with a mohair yarn – but this pattern can be used with any aran or chunky weight yarn.
This super simple ribbed scarf is fabulous for a beginner, knitted fast in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky! Choose from 60 shades to pair together – I love Slate Green and Washed Teal, or Pansy Purple and Dusty Lilac.
I love the textural detail on this beautiful scarf from Purl Alpaca. Cables, bobbles and some ruffles will keep you thrilled as you knit. Choose your favourite aran weight yarn and 5mm needles for a swift knit.
This wonderful scarf is knitted sideways – there are lots of stitches but not too many rows! The fringe is knitted-in, and you can change the colourways for the men in your life, or switch it up for the ladies. It’s knitted here in a Rowan DK, but use your favourite DK yarn.
Get those needles clicking on your Christmas gifts!
Last updated: November 22nd, 2016.