This quick, easy knitting project requires a skein of bulky yarn , one with varying thickness would be best, two large knitting needles ( I used size 10mm) , a yarn needle and at least 2 large vintage buttons. This is a wonderful project to use hand spun yarn that you have made or purchased ( there are so many great spinners selling their yarn on etsy).
1. I spun this incredibly soft yarn last spring . I really worked at getting a thick and thin texture with some little supercoils here and there. I had just enough for this little project. So take your yarn and needles and cast on 20 stitches.
2. Knit 4 rows plain.
3. You can continue to knit plain but it will look and feel nicer if you try this very simple two row pattern. Row 1 knit one, * wrap the wool once over your right needle , knit two together*. Repeat this * until the last stitch and knit one. Row 2 knit every stitch including the wrapped stitch. Repeat these two rows until you have a rectangle about 17 inches long or are getting low on your yarn. This is the simplest of lace patterns and opens up the texture accentuating the handspun yarn. Here is a close up of the pattern.
4. Knit 4 rows plain and then cast off.
5. One nice thing about the holes in the pattern is you don't need to make button holes . Now sew in you ends, easy to hide in this texture and thread a needle to secure your buttons. I picked two sets of two vintage buttons from my stash and decided to make "reversible" buttons because I couldn't decide between them. I sewed them onto the plain knitted rows , one of each on either side of the scarfette. Here is a close up to show you what I mean. It looks kind of like a button sandwich.
6. You can wear this in so many different ways . I only got a chance for a few pictures this morning before I had to run off to work but you get the idea. You can also change the thickness and length of the scarfette depending on the size of the person you are making it for or the amount of wool you have. I will post a few pictures of a few other examples I made last winter. I hope this inspires you to think about learning how to spin your own wool.