Thursday, June 12, 2008

Tubular Dream Scarf

Remi gave me a ball of Tahki Dream which looked like crochet thread, but turned out to be a wool nylon blend. "What would you do with this?" she asked. I swatched like crazy and this is what I came up with. I like it. It's fun; it bounces as you bop along. You can change the fabric or scarf you use for the insert. It is a no brainer to knit. Looks like a winner to me. Pattern below.

Tubular Dream Scarf

by Jane D. Prater

1 ball Tahki Dream (or a fingering weight yarn)

1 ball Debbie Bliss Astrakhan or other CC from your stash

1.5 yds 60” wide chiffon

#9 needles

With Dream, cast on 24 inches.

Knit in stockinette stitch (or garter or seed stitch) until scarf measures 65 inches or desired length. Bind off.

Bring the long sides of the scarf together and join with your Contrasting Color yarn. I used a single crochet seam, but sewing with a whip stitch or blanket stitch would work as well. You are trying to join the knitting into a tube and limit the lengthwise stretch at the same time.

Pick up 24 sts around one end of the scarf tube with the Contrasting Color.

Row 1—K1, (yo, K2tog), to end of row.

Row 2—Knit all.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times or until desired ruffle length. Bind off.

Repeat ruffle at other end of the scarf.

Insert chiffon into the tube. I gather the tube the same as I would when putting on pantyhose. Grab one corner of the cut end of the fabric and pull the fabric through the scarf. Allow a small amount of the fabric to hang below each ruffle.

Tie an overhand knot in each end of the scarf to secure the fabric and help the scarf drape nicely.

Note: You may knit the scarf in the round---but the sewing of the seam prevents excess stretching.

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