I can hardly wait to get started!
What is this, you may ask? This is the easiest, quickest most luxurious scarf I've ever made ... actually, over the past 4 years, I've made at least 20 of these as gifts, all of which have been greeted with squeals of delight. I must confess, I am not a chenille fan, nor even a novelty yarn fan, however, I've made an exception when it comes to this yarn. The colours are so rich and the texture unbearably soft.
Here's how easy it is:
(Note: the original pattern was a freebie from Paton's, but I've modified it somewhat)
2 balls of Paton's Bohemian Yarn (the last, from my stash!)
8 mm needles (check out my fab Lantern Moon needles!)
Cast on 13 stitches. Knit plain garter stitch until you have almost finished the 2 balls, or have reached desired length. Sometimes, I buy 3 balls and create 2 scarves from it, casting on only 11 stitches in that case.
When you have about 2 feet of yarn left, you need to cast off. Slip the first 2 stitches, knitwise, to your right needle, then knit 2, cast off 1 and continue until you have 2 stitches left on your left needle. Cut your yarn and draw it through 3rd to last stitch, leaving the last 2 stitches hanging. Then all you do is tug and loosen the stitches all the way down each side, until you have wonderful loops all the way down. I hold the fabric in the left hand and then at the end of each row, give it a sharp tug to the right and loosen the stitches. Turn it around when you reach the end of the one side, so fabric is always in your left hand and repeat. Weave in ends and that's it!
Note, if you want longer loops, slip 3 stitches, instead of 2 and continue on as previously stated.
I particularly like that this scarf is so warm, yet not bulky around my neck, as the centre section is actually quite narrow. Beware, this scarf will 'grow' in length with use, so don't get sucked into thinking you need a third ball!