Pattern #1 in what will be a selection of some very easy-to-knit and some just-so-slightly more challenging patterns that you might want to use when you make your Knitting for Compassion scarf. Designed by Susan Pierce Lawrence of I'm Knitting as Fast as I Can, who kindly agreed to allow me to post a link to the pattern and to talk it up as a designated pattern for scarves knit for Housing Opportunities for Women.
Pattern: Branching Out
Designer: Susan Pierce Lawrence
Yarn: Patons SWS, 2 skeins @ 110 yds per skein, or 220 yds total
Needles: size 10.5 bamboo circular
Size after blocking: 6" by 70"
Easy to knit. All that you need to know is how to knit and purl and do a yarn over (which is just a wrap of the yarn around the needle so that you make a hole in the fabric on purpose). There are three other stitches in the pattern, but those are all variations of knit stitches. So if you can knit and purl, you can make this. I promise.
What you see is about four hours of knitting, and I'm a slow knitter. Someone faster than me or with better concentration could likely finish the scarf in three hours or so, plus blocking. Don't worry. I'll be showing you how to block lace. It's easy. Remember: our goal is to do something good for someone else, in a reasonable amount of time and with a reasonable amount of effort. I wouldn't send you down a scary path of really tough knitting without a fair warning. This is a beautiful pattern, fast to knit, and with a rewarding result.
You know, in Hollywood every star has a good side and a bad side, from which side you are never to film or photograph. Not so Branching Out. Every picture a winner.
Next up, a super-easy garter stitch scarf. And posting of links to the patterns in the sidebar. And maybe a button for you to copy and post on your blog. It all depends on the weather on the Fourth of July. Cause if it stays this way - sunny, no humidity, gorgeous - I'll be sitting in the backyard enjoying the atmosphere.