This winter, it is my mission to do more designing with handspun yarns! The shop is loaded with them, and they are easier to use and give great results. I recently completed a version of Churchmouse Yarns "Boyfriend Hat', substituting some wild, full of long locks, handspun in BRIGHTS (thanks Elysa of www.222handspun.com for fiber and lock dye!). Scarf making is fun, quick, and really a good thing to do with handspun yarn. I grabbed a skein of Rhinofluff merino and silk handspun, all plied with a bit of sparkle into fun coils. It had lovely neutral colors and movement, and I wanted to capture that in the knit. I was looking at patterns around the shop, and decided to swatch a little on big needles (size 50s!), and it was love at first sight! A nice, reversible look, and it had a great drape too. Try this simple pattern, and adjust needle size to what type of fabric you like. This made a nice long scarf, and was only 80 yds of yarn! (note--if you want a tighter knit, you will need more yarn) Have fun, and make this for gifts for men or women. It looks great on everyone! I wish I had the scarf in my possession for more photos, but I made it for my best friend, and he grabbed it right away!
Funky Sailor Scarf
50-80 yds chunky-bulky yarn (that one of a kind handspun skein is perfect!)
Size 19-50 needles (do a swatch and see what kind of fabric you like)
Sailor Rib: (multiple of 4 + 3 stitches)
Row 1: *P2, k2; repeat from * until 3 stitches remain; p2, k1
Row 2: *K2, p2; repeat from *until 3 stitches remain; k2, p1
Cast on 11 stitches. Work in Sailor Rib until the scarf is as long as you like. Cast off, and enjoy!