Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Boyfriend Scarf

Boyfriend Scarf


I've never knit anything for a boy before, especially one that I've been dating. I think it's because of the "Boyfriend Sweater Curse" - I didn't want this to be a scarf that would end our relationship or something silly like that. 

What prompted the idea to knit him a scarf was the topcoat he bought to wear to with his suits this winter: the coat didn't button all the way up and required a scarf to stay warm.  I knew that if I wanted to guarantee that he would wear it, the scarf needed to be a "manly" scarf.  And what could be more "manly" than charcoal gray and a thermal-like stitch pattern?




Boyfriend Scarf


The best part?  On days when it's colder than he thought, he gets upset that he left his scarf at home since he said it keeps him nice and warm.

Boyfriend

MATERIALS:
Yarn
2 skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick-N-Quick - Charcoal

Needles
US 15 straight needles

Notions
Tapestry needle

Gauge
2 sts = 1"


DIRECTIONS:
CO 20 sts

Thermal Stitch Pattern 
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K 2, P 2
Row 4: K 2, P 2

Continue in pattern until scarf is 58" or to desired length.  BO and weave in loose ends.




Boyfriend Scarf

32 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful scarf! very "manly"

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  2. Thank you! I was tempted to even keep it for myself and not give it to him!

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  3. Oh...it's a winner alright! Gorgeous! I just read something somewhere that you should never knit/crochet anything for a boyfriend....only husbands but then again with the divorce rate...what difference does it make? LOL!
    I'm copying that one down as I have 3 sons who don't knit and are REALLY hard to buy for! Thanks and NICE JOB!!! Hope he appreciated it!

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  4. I loved knitting this scarf. It went fast and my #1 boyfriend (hubby of 14 years) is wearing it as I type this. I didn't have enough yarn to make it a length that I liked, so I connected it together and it totally suits him.
    Thanks!

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    1. Oh my goodness, wow, I can't believe you made one already! I'd love to see what yours looks like :)

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  5. I love everything you post. I'm recommending this page on my blog www.undermyskein.blogspot.com. Hope it's Ok. If it's not, please let me know and I'll remove the link. It's a non-commercial blog, just my memoirs as a knitter, literature and ideas.
    Isabella

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  6. Very nice, classic, and no curl!!!! Will do in a finer yarn diametre, so more cast-ons.

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  7. Lucinda, thank you so much for this pattern! I was stressing out over what to get the boyfriend last month for Christmas, and serendipity brought me here after my mum suggested I break out of my long knitting hiatus and make him something :) Used Debbie Bliss Paloma instead because Wool-Ease is harder to get here in the UK, so the scarf was actually quite snuggly!

    Incidentally, we now have *two* of these scarves...the boyfriend loved his so much and insisted I make a longer one in a different color for myself "so we have matching scarves." Solved the "knitter's giveaway remorse" debacle right there XD I'd imagine this would make a lovely cowl too...

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    1. You're very welcome! You make a good point, I really should make one of these for myself as well. It was hard to part with it!

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  8. Love it! Very charming and appropriately manly :) may very well end up making one for my boyfriend. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. This looks so smart :) I love it! I have pinned it to my knit board to gently remind me I want to make one for my husband... you know.. to fit his smart look :D thank you for sharing this! ♥ Dawn

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  10. I'm in the process of making one of these for my husband. However, I can't actually needle knit but I can loom knit. Would you mind if I rewrote your pattern for the loom and put it on my ravelry account (with links back to you of course)?

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  11. Love this pattern .. so easy to follow and knits up fast with great results.
    Knitted this for my self in a super chunky knit in cream... Love it.
    Anymore patterns like this one?

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  12. do you have a matching hat to go with the scarf

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  13. Beautiful scarf! Good job!
    I'm new to sewing but I'd really love to sew this scarf for my bf. I'm not familiar with the sewing language so if you could 'decode' what this means, I'd be really thankful:

    DIRECTIONS:
    CO 20 sts

    Thermal Stitch Pattern
    Row 1: K
    Row 2: K
    Row 3: K 2, P 2
    Row 4: K 2, P 2

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  14. Thanks for providing such a simple instructions through which I can make men scarf at home also.I will try this for my father.

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  15. What are the dimensions when finished? I like to knit all my scarves narrow. Don't know why, I just do. Could you tell me how to make this narrower? It's a beautiful scarf!! I love it! I'm sure my son would love it also.

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    1. Hmm I'll have to ask my boyfriend for the scarf back so I can measure it. Looking at the gauge and CO count, it should be about 10" wide. The pattern is a repeat over four stitches, so just decrease the count by four if you want it narrower.

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  16. I just bought 2 skeins of Wool-Ease Thick-N-Quick to make a scarf for my husband. I went to Ravelry to find a pattern and found this one! I think it will be perfect.

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  17. I purchased 2 skeins of Berroco Chunky in charcoal to make it for my son. Can't wait till the yarn comes.

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  18. I have just finished two scarves for my sons. One is already on it's way to Boston, U.S.A. and the second will go to London tomorrow. I used Katia 'Peru' in the charcoal colour for both and really enjoyed knitting them. Thank you Lucinda for the pattern.

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    1. I'm sure the scarf will come in handy for the remainder of this winter here in Boston! Brrrrr

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  19. Very nice. I'm knitting this for my son...almost finished. I wonder if you plan to make a hat for this scarf? Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I made this scarf for my hubby last year. He was a little hesitant at first to wear a scarf, but he seriously fell in love with it. One morning he left for work (he has an hour each way commute) and actually turned back when he realized he forgot it. I just finished one and mailed it out yesterday to a college guy that is good friends with our family. It's been soooo bitter cold this winter in WI.... again today it's back to the -5 degrees with windchill -20 to -30. UGH. Thanks for sharing the pattern! ~ MamaGing.com

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  21. This scarf pattern is so easy but wonderful to look at. I to wonder if you could do a hat to match and post the pattern. I could do the hat, but its the decreases that would get me in trouble.

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  22. I made it with size 7 needles and a worsted weight yarn (pink) and it it came out great... kind of the "girlfriend" scarf. Love the pattern! :-)

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  23. Thank you for the beautiful pattern. Love from London

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