As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, scarflets appeal to my limited attention span and the common knitterly desire to have at least one easily portable project on the needles at all times. I made a few this winter, and gave a couple away as gifts. This one is probably my favorite -- a little Malabrigo scarflet for my friend CC, who lives in Seattle. A little linen stitch broke up any pooling (this is the Azalea colorway in the worsted weight, if you're wondering), and garter-stitch edges provided a nice finish.
A scarflet is nice because it just covers the bit of your neck that needs covering, without a lot of extra fabric flying around or forming an unsightly lump under your coat. Plus, it's a good way to show off a few pretty buttons. Want to make one? Click to continue through to the rest of the post for my linen-stitch scarflet "recipe" and a photo of this one in action.
Using a US 8/5mm needle, cast on 22 stitches and knit 4 rows of garter stitch (knit every row) then begin working in pattern as follows:
Row 1: knit 2, purl to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
Row 2: knit 2 *knit 1, slip 1 with yarn in front, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
Row 3: work as for row 1.
Row 4: knit 2, *slip 1 with yarn in front, knit 1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 2.
When the scarflet is about 1 to 1 1/2 inches from being able to wrap around the recipient's neck as in the photo, work buttonhole row on an even-numbered row as follows: knit 2, purl 2, yarn over, purl 2 together, purl 3, yarn over, purl 2 together, purl 4, yarn over, purl 2 together, purl 3, k2.
Continue as before for a couple more rows, then work 4 rows garter stitch and bind off loosely. Weave in ends. Wash and block, then sew on buttons as indicated in the template below. When sewing on the buttons, fold over the scarflet as it will look when worn (see photo) as a guide for button spacing.