Whatever the reason, I have never knit my husband a scarf. This could be because I am not a big fan of scarf knitting which I generally consider boring. It could be attributable to the fact that I disregarded the boyfriend curse and knit him three sweaters before we were married. Or it could be that he has an amazing collection of scarves for a guy including hand woven and antique silk ones. This is an unusual circumstance compared to many of my knitting friends who would rather knit a scarf than a sweater.
I decided to ameliorate this situation when I was in DC. I bought the rich royal blue artisanal aran wool from Solitude with the goal of making a small scarf that could button neatly inside of a man’s coat. At the Solitude stand at the Dupont Circle Market, there was a short buttoned scarf made with a broken rib that inspired my friend Jennifer and I to buy the aran weight wool.
After testing the broken rib, I decided that I didn’t like the way it looked. I switched to a waffle stitch thanks to my friend Josie who I know from our annual pilgrimages to the MDSW. The result was a narrower, longer scarf which fits my husband’s neck perfectly. I added two silver buttons for a crisp look.
Short Buttoned Waffle Scarf Instructions
1 skien of Solitude Aran weight yarn (about 132 yards)
1 set of size 8 knitting needles (Note: I often go down a size in knitting needles. I suggest swatching to determine what makes the type of finished material you want.)
Cast on 25 stitches.
Row 2: K1 *P2 K1*
Row 3: P1 *K2 P1*
Row 4: Knit all of the stitches
Repeat rows 1 -4 .
Knit until you reach the length that you want or until you have used all but about 2-3 yards. End on the wrong side. Bind off.
Sew the buttons on by crossing the ends of the scarf to fit the wearer. Remember that men’s clothes are crossed right over left. The buttons should be above the crossed material. Mark where the buttons should go and where the loops should go. To make the loops, sew a loop to fit the button. Then crochet around the loop to finish it off. Sew in the ends.
Note: I found that I tended to forget to knit the fourth row of the pattern.
BTTW, my husband loves it!
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