by Roni Knutson
Please note that scarves can be dangerous to young children .
Any standard machine with or without punchcard
Any 4 ply yarn, as size is not too important. I originally used 6 to 7 ozs of 2/16 Newry or Linwood
by Spinrite, two strands used throughout.
Cast on 61-0-37 (Electronics 49-0-49) at Tension 8. This will give you 4 x 24 with 1 stitch at each edge to use for seaming - I'm presuming that you plan to put a punchcard pattern in. If not, just cast on 49-0-49 and knit a plain scarf. You could if you wanted, cast on 49-0-49 and still put a punchcard pattern on your scarf but you would find the design would be broken at the seam (imagine a row of bunnies and the two at the outer edges chopped in half), it's much better to move the scarf over on the machine bed and have a design that's whole.
If you are just a beginner you might wonder what 61-0-37 means. Well, if you look at your knitting machine you will see that there is a 0 in the middle and that the needles are counted out to each side. So in this case you would cast on 61 needles to the left of 0 and 37 needles to the right of 0 which would give you a total of 98 needles in work.
I make my adult scarves approximately 475 rows long - you can make them longer or shorter as you like.
I usually do 10 rows plain before I start my design.
Sew scarf together on your sewing machine, taking care to match up patterns. Press lightly without steam - putting the seam to the centre back (or your scarf will have a bend in it). Sew ends by hand. Add fringe if wanted or if you prefer, gather ends and add a pompom.