I’d like to present to you my 3 in 1 scarf pattern as a solution to keep out autumnal chills and winter weather. The smorf (yes, I did make that up!).
I wanted no ears or other silliness (I’m going through a serious phase at the moment), I wanted the hood not to be too wide so that you can push it off your head without looking like Quasimodo, I wanted pompoms (what was I saying about silliness?), a really bright, cheerful, warm yarn and deep mittens. So with a little playing around, my smorf was born.
I picked one of my bright self-striping yarns – this one is a vivid warm red, fading into apricot then lilac pink and back to red and for the mittens and pompoms I used a deeper version of the lilac colour which turns a deep blackcurrant colour. It’s aran weight needing size 6 – 6.5mm needles – I used 6mm for added body.
Unfortunately I started off in stockinette thinking the colours would pop better – but of course my scarf curled like mad! So I ripped out and knitted in 2×2 rib all the way. As I wanted the pompoms, I started with a false cast-on using spare yarn.
And for the mittens, I knitted two triangles also with a false cast-on.
Grafted the two together and added the pompom, which secures all the live stitches and pulls the end of the scarf into shape. Simple!
Early morning breezy dog-walks no problem with my new 3-in-1 protector.
You will need:
340g Aran or chunky weight yarn.
6mm knitting needles
2 stitch markers
Stitch holder or spare yarn
Spare yarn for provisional cast on
pom pom maker or card to make pompoms
Not hugely important but mine was 14 stitches x 19 rows = 10cm x 10cm
Provisionally cast on 32 stitches with a contrasting yarn.
Knit 4 rows in 2×2 rib
On RS: increase one stitch on each side (your pattern will be k3, p2, k2…ending with k3) (34 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 15 cm.
On RS: increase one stitch on each side (your pattern will be k4, p2, k2,…ending with k4) (36 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 60 cm.
On RS: Place stitch marker and increase one stitch after the fourth stitch every other row 12 times. (48 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 22 cm.
On RS: Place stitch marker and decrease one stitch after fourth stitch every other row 12 times. (36 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 60cm.
On RS: decrease one stitch on each side (34 stitches)
Continue in pattern for 15 cm.
On RS: decrease one stitch on each side (32 stitches)
Continue in pattern for four rows.
Leave stitches on stitch holder.
With contrast colour scrap yarn provisionally cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1: k2,p2 to end
Then: Increase one stitch at each end of this and every other row 14 times (34 stitches)
Work in pattern until mitten measures 18 cm in length.
CO in pattern.
Please note that the ribbing will not be perfectly in pattern. If this bothers you only increase 12 times.
Make two medium pompoms about 8 cms in diameter. Leave with long tail.
Remove the provisional cast on from one of your mittens.
Put the stitches from your stitch holder/scrap yarn back on to needles and at add the six live stitches from the mitten to the live stitches of your scarf end. It’s best to add the additional six stitches in an alternating around the middle stitches of the scarf
i.e. at stitch 13 of scarf add stitch 1 of the mitten, then stitch 14 of scarf, stitch 2 of mitten etc.
Take the tail of one pompom and pull through your live stitches (scarf and mitten makes 38 stitches in total). Pull tight, knot and weave in.
Repeat for other end of the scarf.
Placing the two stitch markers together, sew the edges of the scarf with matress/kitchener stitch. If you prefer, you could just add buttons and hooks and that way the scarf would lie flat.
Depending on yarn used, block and enjoy.