Basic Bohemian



Basic Bohemian

Is that title an oxymoron? Well, even full-fledged craziness has got to start somewhere, and this post is about the beginnings of a wild and crazy scarf that you will embellish to the hilt.

It begins with a gorgeous hand-dyed, handspun art yarn that is truly a “Diva”. Knit this beauty on size 15 or 17 needles, and you’ll have the basic scarf in just an hour or two. Then the Boho embellishment can begin. I made ruffles and corkscrews of mohair and silk while scattering meandering lines of hand-dyed silk ribbons, then loosely wove fat, spindle-spun silks throughout, and embedded and dangled gemstones, crystals and pearls. These are just a few ideas, and there are no rules. In my next post I’ll share the details of the flourishes I’ve tried, so far.

Here is the basic scarf; a narrow, easy-peasy seed stitch scarf that is long enough to wrap several times for coziness or simple enough to wear long just for color and texture.

                                            Basic Bohemian Scarf

Materials: one hank of “Diva” art yarn

                   size 15 or 17 needles (straight or circular)

This is a narrow, loosely-knit seed-stitch scarf with tapered ends. It is beautiful enough to stand alone, but further embellishments will only enhance its lovely colors and texture.

Cast on one stitch.

Row 1: kfb                                  (knit in the front and back of the stitch)

Row 2:  pfb, p1.          (3 sts).   (purl in the front of the stitch, move yarn to the back                                 

                                                       then knit into the back of the stitch)

Row 3: kfb, k1, pfb.        (5 sts)

Row 4: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1

Repeat Row 4 until 15” of yarn remain.

Ending Row 1: P2tog, k1, P2tog

Ending Row 2: Sl1, k2tog, psso.  (Slip first stitch, knit the next two stitches together, pass the slipped stitch over.)

Draw the yarn tail through the remaining stitch and tighten until snug. Weave in the ends, or use them for dangly tassels, add beads, etc.







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