I got a gift certificate for a yarn store for Christmas, so I spent a ridiculous amount of money on some amazing yarns. This yarn was one of them.
Price will vary based on the yarn you buy.
I used Hawthorne cottage chunky yarn, which is pretty hard to find. If you can't find this particular yarn, any thick and thin chunky yarn will do.
I was inspired by the yarn as well as the seller Yokoo from etsy.com. Her giant crocheted cowls proved to be a great muse for mine.
This was my first on my own knitting pattern, so its pretty simple as far as the actual pattern goes.
CO 19 Stitches
Knit 1 Row
For now on (at least till the final row) you will be using only a twisted drop stitch.
In order to do the twisted drop stitch, I will have some photos for you. Its really easy though it sounds difficult.
First - Slip the right handed needle into the back of the first stitch on the left handed needle, as if to knit (sorry if you knit continental...)
Next take the yarn tail and wrap it around both knitting needles, from the back around to the front.
Now take the yarn tail and wrap it around your right handed needle. Bring the tail through the middle of the two needles and in front of the right handed knitting needle.
Sorry, the photo is kind of blurry..
Next, knit this last wrap through the existing stitch as well as the first wrap.
Repeat Steps 2-5, for the rest of the scarf.
Keep going until you have no more yarn left. Add your second skein of yarn when needed.
It will look like you are knitting a scarf, keep going!
When you have a tail of yarn that is approximately 4 times the width of your actual "scarf",
Knit 1 row
Now comes the tricky part... grafting the unfinished edge and the finished edge together. Instead of binding off your scarf and sewing the two edges together to create a seam, we will instead get a little creative with the grafting.
*Note* Most properly grafted projects use two unfinished edges. But doing it in this method will minimize the actual seam. I can hardly notice it on my cowl.
On your finished edge of the knitting, there is a row of knitted v's
We are going to use these V's to fake picking up stitches (Theres a lot of faking at the end here...)
Start where the tail of the end of your scarf is. That way both of your needles will be facing the same direction. Take your empty needle and push it through the back of the v.
This will be your first "picked up stitch"
Continue to "pick up stitches" until you have the same amount of stitches picked up as you originally cast on.
Both sides of your "scarf" will now have the same amount of stitches on their respective needles.
Now its time to do the Kitchener stitch. This website explains it really really well. Better than I ever could.
Note though, that this tutorial uses two sets of live stitches, whereas we have one live set of stitches and have faked a second set of live stitches.
Voila, we now have a giant loop of yarn
Twist it up and wear it however you desire!