Not a scarf of design pyrotechnics, but an old-fashioned scarf with old-fashioned virtues, the sort that Little Nell would have clutched about her throat as she went over Niagara Falls or was attacked by wolves. It’s made of hand-spun knitting worsted knitted with blessed mindlessness in garter stitch, and then trimmed with a crocheted, lacy frill of Fair Isle yarn. Ideally, knitters can delve into their yarn basket and come up with the requirements. Even if you only have some odds and ends of nice yarn, you could do a stripe and pull everything together with the lacy frill.
Little Nell’s Wooly Scarf
finished scarf is about 48″ long
Materials: about four ounces knitting worsted wool, about one to two ounces of sport weight wool for trim, knitting needles size 7 to 8, crochet hook size E. Exact gauge is not crucial here.
Cast on 25 stitches with the knitting worsted and knit in garter stitch until desired length. With the crochet hook and sport weight yarn, crochet around the scarf using the following pattern:
Round 1: Join yarn with slip stitch in any edge stitch of scarf; ch 1, sc in same stitch; *ch 3, skip next 2 stitches, sc in next stitch; rep from * around, ending last rep with slip stitch in beg sc.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch; *ch 3, sc in next sc; rep from * around; join with sl stitch in beg sc.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc; * in next ch-3 sp work shell (sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc); sc in next sc; rep from * around, ending with sl stitch in beg sc. Weave in ends.
Note: Most craft stores and libraries have books featuring crocheted edgings, and you might find something you like better than the above. Also, edgings designed for use with crochet thread can be adapted to wool yarn.