Last month, I wrote about some of the linen yarns that we carry at the shop. When we received the Classic Elite Firefly, I was struck by the beautiful colors and the interesting texture of the yarn. I took home a few balls of the steely gray to play with and a sweet little stockinette bias-knit scarf was born.
Knitting on the bias is basically knitting diagonally. You cast on a few stitches, increase up to the width you like, and then work your way up the scarf. This gives the piece a really nice drape and keeps the edges from curling up too much. My scarf is wide enough to pull around your shoulders as a shawl, but the fabric is squishy enough to tuck into a jacket or sweater.
My finished product is at Close Knit for all to see, and the free pattern is available at the shop, too. It requires just three balls of Firefly, which we have in some lovely natural tones, as well as a great bright pink. Come by to see the scarf and enjoy the free pattern!
3 balls Classic Elite Firefly (25% linen/75% rayon, 155 yds/50 g), colorway Brittania #7777
US 7 needles
Finished size: approx. 9 x 70 inches
Gauge: 5 stitches/inch in stockinette
CO: cast on
M1: bar increase
SSK: slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit the 2 slipped sts together
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
With size US7 needles, CO 3 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): K1, M1, knit to last stitch, M1, K1
Row 2 (WS): Purl across row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 65 stitches.
Straight section (each row has 65 sts):
Row 3 (RS): K1, M1, knit until 2 stitches remain, SSK
Row 4 (WS): Purl across row
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the piece measures 56” along the longest edge.
Row 5 (RS): K2tog, knit until 2 stitches remain, SSK
Row 6 (WS): Purl across row
Repeat row 5 and stitches remain.
K3tog, pull yarn through last stitch. Weave in any ends. Press the scarf with a hot iron, using the steam setting. This will even out your stitches and give the scarf a nice sheen and drape. Enjoy!