Want to knit a curly whirly scarf but don't own several very long circs and the endurance of a marathoner? Well get out your shortest needles, sharpen up your short row skills and grab a heap of your favourite yarn. This one's a stashbuster extraordinaire.
Any yarn at all will do for this. In the pictured sample I've used 4 x 50g balls of Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8ply (DK) roughly 384m (420 yards).
Use whatever size needle you would normally use for the yarn of your choice. The needles used in the sample were 4mm Ivore casein needles. Darning needle for dealing with the ends.
Note: If you use a slightly larger needle than you would normally use, say a 4.5mm needle for 8ply, your scarf will be drapier. A lovely effect.
Depends on materials and equipment. In 8ply on 4mm needles, 4 x 50g gets 70".
Cast on 10 Stitches
Row 1: *Knit to end (10 sts)
Row 2: Knit 8, wrap next stitch, turn (Sarah Bradberry has a good explanation of wraps)
Row 3: Knit to end (8 sts)
Row 4: Knit 7, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 5: Knit to end (7 sts)
Row 6: Knit 6, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 7: Knit to end (6 sts)
Row 8: Knit 5, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 9: Knit to end (5 sts)
Row 10:Knit 4, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 11: Knit to end (4sts)
Row 11: Knit 3, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 12: Knit to end (3 sts)
Row 13: Knit 2, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 14: Knit to end (2 sts)
Row 15: Knit 1, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 16: Knit to end (1 st)
Row 17: Knit to end (10 sts)
Repeat from * until you reach desired length, run out of yarn or can't stand it any longer.
Sew in ends and drape elegantly around your neck.
Work on 16 or 20 stitches for a wider scarf.
Use a floppier yarn for a floppier scarf.
Add beads to the ends of the long edge on every 2nd or 4th row.
Alternate colours and textures.
Anything goes with this technique. I'll post other versions later and better photos than these of the basic scarf.
The ruffles have a lovely softening effect around the face (you have to be over 40 to understand this as a bonus).
Maximum KIP effect. I knitted on this for a few hours on a stall at a craft show today and it was a HUGE drawcard.