Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bartering: A Scarf with Pockets for WiFi (PATTERN)

As I previously mentioned, I recently completed a hat and mittens project for a wonderful neighbor.  Now, here's the scarf that goes with it, and, as promised, here is the pattern!

Let's give credit where it's due.  This idea is based primarily on Stephanie from Yarn Harlot's "Unoriginal Hat" (Ravelry) and Darcie's Subsequent "Completely Unoriginal Unoriginal Mittens" (Ravelry).  I shall, of course, call my Scarf Pattern...

Totally Completely Unoriginal Unoriginal Scarf (with Pockets!)

If you'll notice, this scarf has pockets at the ends!  Basically, we're going to do six things:
  1. knit the first pocket
  2. knit the start of the scarf
  3. knit the bulk of the scarf
  4. knit the second pocket
  5. knit the end of the scarf
  6. attach everything
Before we get started, let me explain three unique acronyms:

C2R: Slip 1 to Cable Needle and hold in back, knit 2, purl 1 from Cable Needle
C2L: Slip 2 to Cable Needle and hold in front, purl 1, knit 2 from Cable Needle
C4: Slip 2 to Cable Needle and hold in back, knit 2, knit 2 from Cable Needle

You Will Need:

  • 320-424 yards of Super Bulky Yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Think & Quick Solids)
  • Size 10 Needles
  • Darning Needle
  • Needles for Cables and Holding Set-Aside Stitches
Step 1: The First Pocket
  • Use a provisional cast-on to cast on 18 stitches
  • knit these stitches in stockinette stitch for 28 rows
  • set aside
Step 2: The Start of the Scarf
  • Use a provisional cast-on to cast on 24 stitches
  • Work rows 1-16, either by following the chart or the written instructions below
  1. Row 1: k7, p2, C2R, C2L, p2, k7
  2. Row 2: k3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3
  3. Row 3: k7, p1, C2R, p2, C2L, p1, k7
  4. Row 4: k3, p4, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p4, k3
  5. Row 5: k7, p1, k2, p4, k2, p1, k7
  6. Row 6: Same as Row 4
  7. Row 7: k3, C4, p1, k2, p4, k2, p1, C4, k3
  8. Row 8: Same as Row 4
  9. Row 9: Same as Row 5
  10. Row 10: Same as Row 4
  11. Row 11: k7, p1, C2L, p2, C2R, p1, k7
  12. Row 12: Same as Row 2
  13. Row 13: k7, p2, C2L, C2R, p2, k7
  14. Row 14: k3, p4, k3, p4, k3, p4, k3
  15. Row 15: k3, C4, p3, C4, p3, C4, k3
  16. Row 16: Same as Row 14
  • Work rows 1-15 again
  • On the next row, k3, bind off 18, k3
Step 3: The Bulk of the Scarf

Chart.  Please remember this is as viewed from the right side.
  • Turn your work as if you were going to start the next row.  Start Row 16 by knitting the three stitches still on your needle.  Then, bring your pocket square that you set aside up to your work.  You're going to line it up so the knit side of the pocket square lays against the wrong side of the scarf.  Then, continue working Row 16 across the 18 pocket square stitches and the three border stitches still on your needle
  • Repeat Rows 1-16 as many times as you choose, ending with row 14
Step 4: The Second Pocket
  • On the next row, you will set aside the three outermost stitches on each side of your work (the ones that compose the border), and simply work in stockinette stitch for 28 rows on the central 18 stitches, making the second pocket square.  Do not cast off.
Step 5: The End of the Scarf
  • Return the the six set-aside border stitches.  Between the two sides, cast on 18 stitches.
  • Work the next row with the right side facing you, starting with Row 15
  • Work Row 16
  • Work Rows 1-16
  • Work Rows 1-13
Step 6: Attach Everything
  • The pocket you just finished will have live stitches on both the pocket square and the scarf.  Graft them together.
  • Undo the provisional cast-ons at the other end of the scarf and graft the pocket sides together.
  • Starting at the pocket opening, stitch the pocket lining to the inner edge of the border on both sides of both pockets.  If you start at the bottom of the scarf, then your pockets will be lopsided.
  • Weave in all ends and enjoy!

What do you think?  Let me know how it turns out of if you catch anything in this pattern I should change!