I should preface this by saying that I really hate knitting scarves - they seem to go on and on without end, and I usually tire of the process. However, I have tons of cowls and shawls in my collection, and it would be nice to have an actual scarf that is big and snuggly. As I was knitting, I thought it would also be nice to have the option of draping it around my neck several times like a cowl, so I decided to add buttonholes before binding off, allowing me to convert it into an infinity scarf if I was so inclined.
The result is a versatile accessory that is my absolute new favorite. I'm sure there are plenty of garter scarf patterns out here, so I don't claim to have created something brand-new here. However, I thought I'd share the details for anyone who is interested in making something similar, whether it's using handspun or commercially available yarn.
- Approx. 257 yards 2-Ply Falkland Handspun Yarn (6 WPI) - a Bulky or Super Bulky yarn would be an appropriate substitute if you are looking to use a commercially spun yarn
- US #13 (9mm) straight needles
- Darning needle
- 4 Buttons (1" diameter)
12.5 sts and 20 rows = 4" in garter stitch; however, it is not crucial for this project.
Scarf measures approx. 7" wide and 80" long.
Buttonhole row: [K3, YO, K2tog] four times, K4.
Next row: K all sts.
Bind off knitwise.
Sew buttons on opposite end of buttonholes/bound-off edge.
Wear and enjoy!