I have to admit this project happened when a customer brought in her own scarf to show me and get some of my help. I was intrigued enough to learn a new technique while two of us figured it out. Then I went from there.
First I needed to find a durable yarn that could handle many beads being strung on and pushed down the skein as they were knit on without fraying or damaging the yarn. It also needed to be closer to a DK or light weight and be soft for the neck and kind of summery in texture. From my vast selection I picked a new yarn, Elsebeth Lavold’s “Hempathy”. This yarn is made from Hemp, Cotton and Modal. So you ask what is Modal? This is definitely a “Green” yarn as all fibers have been grown! Modal is made from Beech wood chips! Our colors are rich and Susan has brought in a great selection of size 6.0 beads that match our nice yarn colors. You will only need 1 skein of yarn but many beads – I’ll catch you up later on just how many.
There are several techniques incorporated in this scarf which make it a nice small project to start with. One of the things that happens when you add beads to a knitted project is that it becomes quite heavy and drapes down rather than floating so I knew this project should be a shorter, small, neck type scarf.
Then I thought I could add the keyhole opening so that the scarf would stay in one place. I think this rounds it out nicely. So my first scarf is done and if you watch the video below you can see the basic technique for starting the scarf and continuing to knit on the beads.
This pattern is now ready for instant download for $5 or it is FREE if you purchase the yarn and beads from us. Just let me know what your color scheme is and we’ll match the yarn and beads and ship them out to you with the pattern. You can call us at 909-584-9715. This is a fun summer project and could be a wonderful gift for a friend or treat for yourself! Yarning away. Gena