Knitting tips for handspinners at our next meeting!

IMG_1613Some of our members who are relatively new to knitting have said they have difficulty reading patterns. Penny Tschantz has volunteered to lead a demonstration this Saturday featuring free scarf patterns ranging from simple to more complex. Interested members should read the patterns that follow and, if they wish, choose yarn(s) and appropriate needles, knit as far as possible or simply bring yarn and needles to class, with questions.

A rule of thumb for choosing an appropriate needle is to double the yarn and insert it into needle gauge holes until a size seems to fit the doubled yarn. If you want a more drapey fabric, go to a larger size (especially for lace knitting). A swatch is always a good idea.

Please print any patterns that you are interested in and bring them with you to class along with a pen for notes.

The following patterns will be reviewed:

Yarn Harlot’s One-Row Scarf

Worsted-weight yarn, approx. size 8 needles

CO 30

*K2, K1 tbl, P1* K2
Rpt every rwo to desired length (maybe 72 inches)


One-Row Lace Scarf

CO 27 using knitted CO.
K 6 rows
K3, *P1, YO, K2tog*, K3 every ros to 64” or more
K 6 rows
Wet block.


Crest of the Wafe Scarf by Wendy Johnson

For laceweight yarn, Size 6 needles, 7 rpts.
For fingering weight, Size 8

12-row rpt. Multiple of 12 + 5, with 2 st. garter border

CO desired number of sts. (try 53 for fingering weight)
K 7 rows.

K2, K1, *K2tog, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, SSK, SSK, K1* K2
P (except border)
3, 5, 7. Rpt. Row 1
4, 6, 8 Rpt. Row 2
9-12. K

At desired length, K 8 rows and BO.


Wakefield Scarf, by Melissa LaBarre

Finished Size: 60” long and 10 1/2” wide
Yarn: DK, about 400 yd.

Needles: Sizes 7 – 9

Gauge: 14 sts. and 25 rose = 4” in pattern

Loosely CO 32 sts. Work pattern as follows:

1) (RS) *K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1 rep. from * to last 2 sts, K2
2) (all WS rows): Purl
3) *K2 tog, yo , k2tog, yo, k2; rep. from * to last 2 sts, k2
5) K1, k1tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, rep. from * to last 5 sts, k2, k2tog, yo, k1
7) *K2tog, yo, k2, k2 tog, yo; rep. from * to last 2 sts., k2
9) K3, *k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2; rep. from * to last 5 sts, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1
11) *K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts., k2

Rep. Rows 1-12 until piece measure 60” or desired length, ending with a WS row. With RS facing, BO all sts pwise. Weave in loose ends. Block.

You can make a wider scarf by casting on additional stitches in multiples of 6. The final count must be a multiple of 6 sts plus 8 to balance out the pattern. To make this a wrap that’s nearly double the width, work the pattern over 92 sts. Double the yarn amount.