Author:
Gabi Blumberg

Gabi is the designer behind Maison Dene, a Brooklyn-based shop full of modern knitwear patterns for all skill levels. She started Maison Dene with the hope that her designs would inspire and enable others to discover the pleasure she found in knitting. When not making things with sticks and string, she’s raising her cheeky and adorable son Jack and working to build social purpose companies that will have a positive impact on our communities.

The Mae Scarf

Maker
3/9/2018

Hi guys, I’m Gabi, a knitwear designer based in Brooklyn, N.Y.  You might know me as the maker behind Maison Dene, a little shop with modern knitwear patterns for all skill levels. For years, I’ve knitted obsessively to unwind at the end of long work days and relax an anxious mind. So many of us have picked up this craft for reasons that go beyond simply making something pretty. I know for me, every piece I create is an artifact of a time when I was able to find equilibrium, calm and joy. I started Maison Dene with the hope that my designs would inspire and enable others to do the same. So, I want to give Jessica and her team at the Hook Nook a big THANK YOU for this opportunity to bring you all this delightful project.

The Mae Scarf is inspired by the early days of Spring in Brooklyn – if you live here, you know them. They’re still cold, maybe even a bit harsher than we expected, but we can feel that sun warming up and get a glimpse of the first flowers peeking through. This project allows you to settle in to a rhythmic combination of knits, yarn-overs and purls and then finish it off with a quick I-cord selvedge using your favorite, prettiest skein of hand-dyed yarn. No stitch markers, no counting – this scarf is the perfect travel companion or just the right project for those final days of winter spent in hibernation with your friends and family (or, let’s be honest, Netflix).

YOU’LL NEED

  • Color 1: 812 yards fingering weight tweed yarn (shown in Brooklyn Tweed Loft, Snowbound). I really do recommend you use tweed if possible, the strength of the fiber does wonders for the texture of the stitch.
  • Color 2: 48 yards of DK weight yarn (shown in Fuse Fiber Studio’s merino DK, Fairy House).
  • Size 3US straight or circular needles and a set of 3US double pointed needles.
  • Darning needle


MEASUREMENTS

  • Gauge: 4” x 4” is 22s x 34r
  • Final Measurements: 56” circumference x 11” width

KEY

k, p = knit, purl

st(s) = stitch(es)

sl = slip

rep = repeat

k2tog = knit two together

p2tog = purl two together

wyif = with yarn in front

tbl = through the back loop

yo = yarn over

dpn = double pointed needle

PATTERN

KNITTING THE INFINITY SCARF

Long tail cast on 60 sts in C1 using size 3US needles. (If you prefer, you can use a provisional cast on and Kitchener Stitch to bind off later).

Row 1: sl1 wyif, k2, *yo, p2tog, k2, rep from * to last st, k1

Repeat row 1 until you have reached 56 inches or desired length.

Bind off loosely using the stretchy bind off method as follows:

Note: If you used the provisional cast on, you can skip the below steps and instead, remove the provisional cast on row, pick up the live stitches, and use Kitchener Stitch to bind off.

Step 1: k2tog tbl

Step 2: slip st purlwise back onto left needle

Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all stitches are bound off. If you need additional instructions, you may want to check out this helpful picture tutorial from The Spruce.

Seam ends together to create loop.

ADDING THE ATTACHED I-CORD EDGE

Note: Now you’ll add the I-cord selvedge. This is done by using a provisional cast on, knitting an attached I-cord around the edge of your loop, and grafting the two ends of the I-cord together using Kitchener Stitch. If you’re new to any of these techniques, please see the below resources to help you through this section:

Resource 1: Purl Soho’s provisional cast-on tutorial

Resource 2: The Sweater Collective’s Applied I-cord edging tutorial

Resource 3: Purl Soho’s Kitchener Stitch tutorial

Cast on 3 sts using the provisional cast on method, in C2 using size 3US double pointed needles.

Step 1: Pick up and knit 1 stitch on the edge of your work (you will now have 4 sts on your dpn)

Note: I suggest you start next to where you seamed the two ends together.

Step 2: Without turning your work, slide the stitches from the left end of your needle to the right

Step 3: Knit 2 sts

Note: The working yarn will be attached to the left most stitch. Just pull it across the back of your work and use it to knit the stitches as you would normally.

Step 4: K2tog tbl (you will now be back to 3 sts on your dpn)

Repeat steps 1-4, picking up every slipped stitch along the edge, until you reach the beginning of your attached I-Cord. Graft the two ends together using Kitchener Stitch.

Repeat for other edge.  

FINISHING

Weave in any loose ends and block for a beautiful finish.

I hope you enjoy making this scarf as much as I did. You can find more of my work on Instagram (I love seeing your progress so if you’re up for sharing it, please use #maescarf and tag me @maisondene so I don’t miss it!).  And you can find more fun patterns on Etsy and Ravelry.

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