I have been kept away from blogging for the last few months as I have been finishing my second year at University, but now the summer break is here I am keen to pick up my unfinished knitting projects, and share some tips and patterns. My first project is finishing a chunky scarf for winter. The scarf is knitted using fisherman’s rib, which creates a densely ribbed stretchy fabric often used for chunky knitted sweaters and scarves.
Like most ribbed knitting patterns, this uses a combination of knit one purl one, but instead of a normal knit stitch you knit into the stitch below, and I thought this was an ideal opportunity to share a tutorial on how to do this stitch.
To make the scarf, you will need:
- 5 ½ mm knitting needles
- Patons Aran or similar chunky yarn
- The scarf is approximately 28 cm wide. Each 100g skein makes about 19cm length, so I hope that the 5 skeins I have in my stash will make a short scarf about 90cm long.
Cast on 36 stitches
Row 1: purl all stitches
Row 2: (p1, knit into the stitch below), repeat to last 2 stitches, p2
Repeat row 2 until your scarf is the desired length
Cast off in p1, k1 pattern (regular knit stitch here, not knitting the stitch below), cut the yarn and weave in your ends.
How to knit into the stitch below
(the instructions are for right-handed knitters)
After the purl stitch, take the yarn to the back of the work, as it would be if you were going to knit the next stitch. Insert the right needle into the space below the stitch on the left needle, as shown by the arrow below.
Knit the stitch as normal, wrapping the yarn around the right needle and pulling the loop through.
Then allow the stitch to fall off the left needle.
The reason this rib is so chunky is because you have 2 stitches around this stitch, which you can see from the back of the knitting here.
I love this project because it is so easy to pick up and put down: I can do a couple of rows now and then without having to check where I am in the pattern as every row is the same. Hopefully I will be able to finish my scarf over the summer break and share some pics of the finished piece.