WOOLF SCARF © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2020

WOOLF SCARF PATTERN

A PROJECT WEEKEND BEGINNER SERIES PATTERN

Our Beginner series patterns are designed to guide you every step of the way and include detailed illustrations and how-to videos making it easy to get yarn onto your needles all the way to adding all the right finishing details to make your first project look super-pro!

So soft and warm, we just adore the beautiful and effortlessly fast-to-knit Woolf Scarf. The magic behind this pattern lies in the fact that you only need to know how to knit the basic knit stitch!

Wwrapping  you in a cocoon of love, the Woolf Scarf features a classic chunky texture for that handmade winter look we all love.  Perfect for all beginners looking to create a classic rib-looking piece without all the rib-making fuss.

This beauty is made by stitching the ultra simple Cartridge Belt Stitch, a combination of easy breezy knit and slip stitches.  That's right!  You won't find one single purl stitch in this pattern!  

Our LOLL yarn features a special blend of Highland Wool and Alpaca fibers creating soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably sourced and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.

With cashmere-like softness, LOLL is not too chunky or hot, making it a perfect choice for all of your upcoming projects (hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets, cowls, interiors accessories). And because it's naturally anti-itch, it's perfect for all those baby gifts you want to make or for anyone who is sensitive to the itch of natural wool.

SKILL LEVEL : BEGINNER

This project is designed for anyone who has already tried a Learn-To-Knit pattern and is comfortable creating a knit stitch and is feeling ready to follow a simple stitch combination repeat pattern.  

TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LEARN

  • How To Hold Your Needles & Yarn
  • Making a Gauge Swatch
  • The Slip-Knot
  • Casting-On Stitches (using the Longtail Cast-On Method)
  • The Knit Stitch
  • The Slip Stitch
  • Joining Yarn Ends
  • Binding Off 
  • Weaving In Loose Ends
  • Blocking Your Work

TIME TO MAKE 

7-10 Hours

PATTERN SIZE

One Size

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Finished Length: 60"
Finished Width (relaxed) : 6"
Finished Width (after blocking): 7"

GAUGE

19 stitches in Cartridge Belt Stitch x 20 rows = 4" x 4" square

WOOLF SCARF KIT

SPEND MORE TIME MAKING AND LESS TIME RUNNING AROUND SOURCING SUPPLIES. Project Weekends' all-in-one Woolf Scarf Kit contains all of the necessary tools and supplies to get you started. (Knitting Needles optional with kit purchase) 

KIT CONTENTS

  • 2 balls of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive naturally soft 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y). 
  • 1 pair of 8mm / US 11 Straight or Circular Knitting Needles   (optional with kit purchase)
  • 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle 
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND X Me." Woven Label
  • 1 "Made For You" Makers Gift Hangtag
  • 1 Organic Cotton Project Bag


TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

Not sure how to knit a specific technique? No worries, we've got your back! We've created videos and step-by-step illustrations for you to reference, so your project won't miss a beat. They are conveniently located throughout and at the end of the pattern for you to click and learn from.
Happy Knitting!

PROJECT NOTES

As you knit the scarf you will notice that the width may vary. This is because the stitch pattern is very wavy and  "elastic" in nature.   After you are done knitting your entire scarf we will show you how to block the piece into it's final shape, stretching the width out to a consistent 7" and setting it in place with water and steam.  So, no need to worry, just keep knitting to the end as your scarf edges will be beautifully straight and lay flat! 
 

LET'S BEGIN

Before we start getting into it, let's familiarize ourselves with how we hold our needles and yarn. 


GAUGE SWATCH
WHAT IS IT & WHY MAKE ONE

A gauge swatch is a little test square of fabric that you knit before each project using the exact stitches in your pattern. Once complete, it will tell you if your knitting is too tight or too loose for the pattern that you are creating.  This is a great tool because it helps you make sure that what you are knitting will measure out perfectly to the pattern and ultimately fit right.

Gauge swatches only take a half hour or so to make... many times less.  Yet, a lot of people either rush through this process or skip it all together because they're so excited to get into knitting their project. 

Please learn from our experience.....there is nothing more frustrating than knitting someone a sweater only to realize at the end (and after many invested  hours of knitting) that if only we had made a gauge swatch, our beautiful sweater wouldn't have ended up fitting two sizes too small. 

If you are new to knitting, think of the gauge swatch as a great opportunity to learn how to create your stitches before you start your main project.  

GETTING GAUGE

Every knit project will have gauge swatch instructions. The pattern details and materials list will indicate what size needle you need for each project and it will call out how many stitches per row by how many rows you need to knit to create your swatch to achieve the correct gauge.

As you can see, the Woolf Scarf requires an 8mm sized knitting needle and you will need to cast-on 19 stitches and knit 20 rows of Cartridge Belt stitch to achieve gauge. Once you complete this, your finished swatch should measure 4” x 4” (10cm x 10cm).

STEP-BY-STEP : MAKING A GAUGE SWATCH 

1. With a yarn tail approximately 20” long, create a SLIP-KNOT and place it onto one of your knitting needles. This slip-knot is considered your first stitch.   

HOW TO MAKE A SLIP KNOT

2. Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON another 18 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You should now have 19 stitches on your needle.

HOW TO CAST-ON USING THE LONGTAIL CAST-ON METHOD

3. Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.

*KNIT the first 3 stitches.    Next, bring the yarn tail to the front of your work and SLIP 1 stitch PURLWISE.  Repeat this 4 stitch pattern from the * until you reach the end of your row (your last stitch should be a Knit Stitch)

HOW TO KNIT THE KNIT STITCH

4. Switching needles again, hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. This is called turning your work and you will do this each time you knit to the end of each row.

5. Holding the yarn tail behind your right needle, KNIT the first stitch.

Bring the yarn tail to the front of your right needle and *SLIP THE NEXT STITCH PURLWISE.  Move the yarn tail to the back of your work and KNIT the next 3 stitches. Repeat the last four stitch pattern from the * (SLIP 1, KNIT 3) until you reach the last stitch (your last stitch should be a Knit Stitch)

6. BIND-OFF your stitches.   (Do not cut yarn after binding off, you'll be using this yarn for your main project.)

HOW TO BIND-OFF (aka CAST-OFF) YOUR WORK

7. Lay your swatch flat and measure the length and the width. If your swatch comes out smaller than 4”x4”, it means you are knitting too tightly, so unravel your swatch and start again, this time loosen up your stitch tension a bit.

If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch a little bit when knitting.

Once you create a swatch that measures 4”x4”, Congratulations! You have found your gauge tension so go ahead, unravel that swatch (you're going to need that yarn for your scarf!)  and begin your knit project. 

MEASUREMENTS OFF BY A TINY BIT?

No stress! When you’re working on beginner projects like this, it’s ok to be a bit off on measurements. Once you've completed knitting your scarf, we will show you how to block it. Blocking your work is a way of "setting" your knitting to hit the exact measurements you need and is the way to take your knitting from looking home made to super professional.

So, if you’re just a bit off on measurement.... go ahead, start knitting that scarf!

WOOLF SCARF PATTERN

1. With a yarn tail approximately 20” long, create a SLIP-KNOT and place it onto one of your knitting needles. This slip-knot is considered your first stitch.

2. Holding that needle in your right hand, cast on another 26 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You will now have 27 stitches on your needle.

3. Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand.

4. ROW 1: *KNIT each of the first three stitches. Bring the yarn tail to the front of your right needle and SLIP THE NEXT STITCH PURLWISE. Repeat this 4 stitch pattern from the *  (Knit 3, Slip1 Purlwise) until you reach the last three stitches on your left needle.  

Knit the last three stitches.
 
6. ROW 2: Holding the yarn tail behind your right needle, KNIT the first stitch.

Bring the yarn tail to the front of your right needle and *SLIP THE NEXT STITCH PURLWISE. Move the yarn tail to the back of your work and KNIT the next 3 stitches. Repeat the last four stitch pattern  from the *  (Slip 1 Purlwise, Knit 3) until you reach the last two stitches on your left needle.  

Finish the last two stitches with a Slip 1 Purlwise and Knit 1.

7. Row 3 and remaining odd numbered rows:  repeat Row 1

8. Row 4 and remaining even numbered rows:  repeat Row 2

Continue this 2 row repeat pattern until you arrive at the last 10" of yarn on your ball.  

9. Join your new ball of yarn using the Magic Knot Method and continue your two row repeat until your work measures 60” long  (or if you want to make your scarf longer, keep knitting until you have approximately 30" of yarn left on your 2nd ball).

10. BIND-OFF your stitches and leave a yarn tail approximately 8"-10" long 

11. Weave in loose ends & proudly sew on your Project Weekend x Me. woven label..

BLOCKING YOUR PROJECT

Congratulations! You have completed your scarf!

How does it look? Does it lay perfectly flat? Is it consistently the right width all the way through?

Or does it have a little wave to the edges and some areas are more narrow than others? Chances are, that's the case. Rest assured, no knit piece looks perfect right off the needles.

That's why we block it into place and fix all of our tension and wonky stitch issues.  Blocking immediately transforms our project from looking home made to ultra professional.

It's like magic!

There are a couple different ways to block your knit projects, we will spray/steam block our piece as that is the best way to block Project Weekends' LOLL yarn. 

BLOCKING MATERIALS

  • Large flat soft surface (ironing board, yoga mat or carpet)
  • Clean Towel
  • Spray Bottle (with mist setting) or you can use an Iron (with steam function)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pins (optional)  

1. Place a towel over the ironing board, yoga mat or carpet. Next, lay your project out flat on top of the towel. You will be using water and/or hot steam for this process, so be sure to avoid or protect any surfaces that can be damaged by heat and water.

2. Fill your spray bottle with water or if using an iron fill the steam reservoir with water and plug it in.

3. Being careful, gently tug and pull your scarf into the measurements you need it to be. The finished measurements of the Woolf Scarf are 7” x 60”. You can use straight pins to pin your piece into place, but not necessary.

NOTE: For the next steps, if you are using an iron, keep your fingers out of the way of the steam as you could easily burn them, so be CAREFUL!

4. If using a:

SPRAY BOTTLE: starting at one end and working your way to the other, mist water through the entire piece, the goal is to make the scarf wet all the way through.

IRON: Hover the iron about an inch over top of the scarf and continuously pump the steam button. driving that steam through the piece without ever touching the iron to the yarn. The goal is to make the scarf completely wet, but you do not want to scorch, burn, or flatten the texture of your scarf. Keep the iron moving along the length and width of the scarf and drive that steam into the entire piece.

5. As the yarn gets wet, you will see the stitches begin to soften, loosen, open up and relax.

6. Continue to shift, tug and pull gently here and there to loosen up the stitches so that the scarf lays comfortably flat and hits its final measurements.

7. Let your scarf rest in place until it's completely dry. This can take a couple hours. This drying process is what sets the stitches into their new home (thus fixing any tension errors, tightening up any random loose stitches and sets the finished width of your scarf to be beautifully consistent).

8. Once your scarf is 100% dry, throw it on and go show it off!  

Excited to learn more knitting techniques?  
Check out our full library of videos.

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