Archive for the ‘Scarves’ Category


March 8, 2012

I am working on some more installments of the male gaze posts (holy cats, you guys have a lot of good thoughts and ideas!) but in the meantime, how’s about a free pattern? I whipped up a quick spring scarf for Eleanor and it’s easy as pie. Easier, honestly – pie crust can be a bit tricky!

It’s called Pippa, after Robert Browning’s lovely little spring poem, “Pippa’s Song”, and it takes just one skein of some really scrumptious DK weight yarn and only two row repeats. You can of course adjust it to any width or length.

4 inches wide, 52 inches long

* 1 skein Squoosh Fiberarts Silky DK [50% merino, 50% silk; 225 yds per 100 gm skein], shown in colorway Shell
* 40 yds scrap yarn in contrast color, shown in A Verb for Keeping Warm Alpaca Silk, colorway Magic Bean (optional)
* 1 pair U.S. size 8 (6 mm) needles
* crochet hook

23 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in Tunisian Rib Stitch

Knit the scarf

CO 23 sts.

Row 1 (WS): K1, [yo, sl1 wyib, k1] to end of row.
Row 2 (RS): K1, [k yo together with sl’d st tbl, k1] to end of row.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until scarf measures 52 inches or desired length, ending after Row 2. BO all sts.

Add fringe (optional)

Cut 96 lengths of contrast yarn 9 inches each. Holding 4 strands together, fold in half, creating a small loop near the center of the gathered lengths. Each group of 4 will be attached on every other st of the scarf, 12 groups of 4 to each end of the scarf. Using the crochet hook, pull the center loop through the edge stitch of the scarf. When the loop pulled through is large enough, pull all the ends through the loop and pull it tight. Work all fringe in this same way. Once all the fringe is attached, trim evenly to desired length.


Weave in ends. With a silk blend like the one used, blocking is technically optional. For a deeper texture, leave unblocked. For a drapier scarf, block gently and dry flat.

Notes and modifications

Altering the width and length of the scarf may require more yarn, so if you plan on making a larger scarf, please purchase a second skein of yarn. To make a wider (or more narrow) scarf, cast on any odd number of stitches that matches your gauge and desired width and follow the pattern as written. Altering the length is as easy as binding off when you reach your preferred length. Be sure to use a soft yarn with some drape that feels nice around your neck. The scarf is reversible (both sides shown above) so you can display the side you prefer. Enjoy!


BO – Bind off
CO – Cast on
K – Knit
RS – Right side
sl – Slip
st(s) – Stitch(es)
tbl – Through back loop
WS – Wrong side
wyib – With yarn in back
yo – Yarn over


Relief – win yarn and patterns

April 25, 2011

After the terrible earthquake hit Japan in March, relief efforts were almost instantaneous. The recovery process will be long and hard, though, and money will be needed continually for those relief efforts, long after the earthquake is gone from the news entirely. As always after a disaster, money is what is most needed. Donation of goods is costly and complicated and can hinder relief from going where it is needed, however good the intentions. Some knitwear designers have designed patterns, the income from which will go to charities doing work in Japan, and I may do something of the sort myself in the future, but for now, I’d like to hold a raffle to raise money for recovery efforts.

How to enter:

Donate $10 or more to a charity providing on the ground relief work in Japan. I used Charity Navigator to look up organizations working in the area, and am recommending donations to Direct Relief International, which gets a very high rating on Charity Navigator. If you’d prefer to donate to another organization, such as Médecins Sans Frontières or the Red Cross, that is fine with me.

Forward a copy of your donation receipt to knittingkninja AT

For each $10 you donate, your name will be entered once into a drawing to win one of the four prizes listed below. If you donate $20, that’s two entries. $50 is five entries. I will only give one prize per winner, though, to spread out the chances of winning.

The contest ends Monday, May 9th, when I will draw four winners.


#1: Becoming Art Gaia Fingering and Clothilde (click to see larger)

Becoming Art Gaia Fingering


This package includes a copy of the Clothilde  shawl pattern and a skein of Becoming Art Gaia Fingering in the Drawn colorway. If you already have a copy of Clothilde, you can either select a different pattern or I will be happy to gift Clothilde to the knitter of your choice. You can of course use the yarn for any pattern you so desire, but there is enough in the skein to knit a Clothilde shawl. Gaia Fingering is a 100% merino yarn in a single ply. It is NOT superwash, so care must be taken when washing it to avoid felting. I found this colorway unbelievably beautiful, and I hope you do, too.

#2: madelinetosh Tosh Sport and Beetle Tracks (click to see larger)

Beetle Tracks

madelinetosh Tosh Sport

This package includes a copy of the Beetle Tracks scarf pattern and a skein of madelinetosh Tosh Sport in the Charcoal colorway. The yarn is enough to knit a Beetle Tracks scarf, though of course you can use it for any project you see fit. If you already have a copy of Beetle Tracks, you can either select a different pattern or I will be happy to gift Beetle Tracks to a knitter of your choice. The yarn in this case is rather special, as I purchased it off of the madelinetosh Etsy store, and the full proceeds were already donated to charity work in Japan. This is a great way to pass it forward. Tosh Sport is 100% superwash merino.

#3: Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Bow Falls Fingering and Rosa (click to see larger)


Bow Falls Fingering

This package includes the Rosa shawl pattern and a skein of Rocky Mountain Dyeworks Bow Falls Fingering, which is the yarn used in the original Rosa. I picked a skein in the gorgeous Strawberry Root colorway, a rich red with undertones of maroon and bright pink. If you already have a copy of Rosa, you can either select a different pattern or I will be happy to gift Rosa to a knitter of your choice. You can of course use the yarn for any project, but there is enough here to knit the Rosa shawl. Bow Falls Fingering is a 100% superwash Blue Faced Leicester yarn. I’m very fond of BFL, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

#4: Understory ebook

Understory is my new ebook of six accessory patterns knit in Malabrigo yarns. The winner will receive the ebook as well as each individual pattern PDF for Amanita Muscaria, Laetiporus, Lichen Beret, Light and Shade, Verdure, and the Woodpigeon Mitts. I had a lot of fun knitting the samples for this collection and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Here are some patterns available for sale on Ravelry that benefit charities working in Japan.

Sakaki, by Rosemary Hill

Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner

Comfort Slippers by Reiko Arato


April 11, 2011

This is one of the secret projects I’ve been diligently working on behind the scenes. As you may know, this year Malabrigo started a new program called the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project. Each month, an independent designer will release an ebook of Malabrigo patterns. I’m Miss April!

Understory is a collection of six accessory patterns with a woodsy theme. They are available individually, or all together in ebook form. (If you purchase the ebook, you will get an ebook and each of the individual files as well.) All patterns were test knit by a pool of knitters and tech edited by Lauren Cross.

Lichen Beret

Lichens and mosses are so miniscule and usual that they can easily be overlooked, but these tiny not-quite-plants are truly beautiful and fascinating. The Lichen Beret celebrates these Lilliputian wonders in larger form with a simple lace faggoting pattern that mimics some of the patterns of lichen fronds. Knit either in smooth Malabrigo Twist, or luxuriously fluffy Malabrigo Angora, very different looks can be achieved with the same easy pattern. Top with a fluffy pom pom for an especially cute look.

One size fits most adult heads
18 inches in circumference at brim


  • 1 skein Malabrigo Twist 100% Merino; 150 yds per 100g skein – shown in Olive OR
  • 2 skeins Malabrigo Angora 100% Angora; 50 yds per 60g skein – shown in Primavera
  • U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  • U.S. size 10 (6 mm) 16”circular needle
  • U.S. size 10 (6 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle
  • scrap yarn for optional pom pom (Shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Dove)

16 sts/25 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 7 needles
13 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles

Buy it now for U.S. $5.00


Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushrooms that grow in brackets from living trees. The shelf like construction and bright yellow color make for a spectacular sight in the damp woods. The Laetiporus scarf mimics, with a wide and gentle garter ruffle, the broad ripples of Laetiporus mushrooms. Although the scarf pictured here is extremely long, the simple lace and short row ruffle pattern can be made to any desired length for an unsual and wearable scarf that will stand out and keep your neck toasty warm. Refer to the chart or the written pattern to meet your comfort level.

8 inches wide by 100 inches long


  • 3 skeins Malabrigo Merino Worsted 100% Merino wool; 210 yds per 100g skein – shown in Frank Ochre
  • U.S. size 10 (6 mm) needles
  • tapestry needle

15 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles

Buy it now for U.S. $5.00

Amanita Muscaria

The Amanita Muscaria mushroom is one of the most iconic fungi around. The cheery red cap with the white spots disguises the fact that the mushroom is actually quite poisonous. These happy mitts have all the geniality of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom with none of the danger. The simple stranded colorwork pattern makes an easy introduction to stranded colorwork or a relaxing interlude for those already familiar with the technique. Change the colors around for a fun polka dot look. In lightweight Malabrigo Sock, these mitts are perfect for nippy spring weather.

one size fits most adult hands


  • 1 skein Malabrigo Sock 100% Superwash Merino; 440 yds per 100g skein in MC – shown in Natural
  • 1 skein Malabrigo Sock 100% Superwash Merino; 440 yds per 100g skein in CC – shown in Ravelry Red
  • U.S. size 1 (2.25 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • U.S. size 2.5 (3 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle
  • waste yarn

30 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in colorwork pattern in larger needles

Buy it now for U.S. $5.00


April’s lush new growth fills the woodland floors in a riot of bright young greens and fast growing leafy plants reaching for the light before the canopy fills in entirely. This shawl, composed of different leaf shapes and Faroese construction, is inspired by the verdant hues and herbage of spring. Both sizes result in a true shawl rather than a shawlette, good for wrapping around a short sleeved top or light dress on a cool evening. Both samples were knit in spring greens, but it would be easy to change the season by changing the colors. Greys or whites for frosty winter, oranges, reds, or golds for autumn, deep greens for summer.

NOTE: There are two PDFs, one labeled charts, one labeled written. These are identical in content, but have different layouts to more easily facilitate chart users or those who rely on the written pattern. Both have the charts and the written pattern.

Small: 60 inches wide, 24 inches long
Large: 85 inches wide, 34 inches long


  • 2 skeins Malabrigo Sock for size Small 100% Superwash Merino; 440 yds per 100g skein – shown in Lettuce
  • 4 skeins Malabrigo Silky Merino for size Large 51% Silk, 49% Merino; 150 yds per 50g skein – shown in Manzanilla Olive
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 24” or longer circular needle for size Small
  • U.S. size 8 (5 mm) 24” or longer circular needle for size Large
  • tapestry needle

Small: 26 sts/34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 6 needles
Large: 19 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 8 needle

Buy now for U.S. $6.50

Light and Shade

Variegated yarns frequently call my name, but I often have trouble knitting them up. Patterns that looked beautiful in theory can look messy in reality. Light and Shade is a simple cowl designed for use with those tough but beautiful Malabrigo variegateds. The slip stitch honeycomb pattern breaks up the colors and gives a look of dappled light rather than pooling or messiness. An attached i-cord edging makes a neat, tailored edge that looks great without much effort. The button placket is a great opportunity to use some pretty buttons and the cowl sits differently depending on how many holes you button.

Small: 7 inches high, 20 inches wide.
Large: 7 inches high, 24 inches wide.


  • 1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted 100% Merino; 210 yds per 100g skein – shown in Jaen (Small) and Mariposa (Large)
  • 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) needles
  • 1 set U.S. size 10 (6 mm) needles
  • 3 buttons (19 mm)
  • tapestry needle

15 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on size 10 needles

Buy it now for U.S. $4.00

Woodpigeon Mitts

Spring brings a host of avian life to the woods, and the sounds and sights of birds fill the usually quiet groves and thickets. The Woodpigeon Mitts take a simple feathered lace pattern inspired by some of the feathered occupants of the forest, and create a dramatic and dashing fitted mitt that is light and warm. The elbow length mitts can easily be shortened for a more everyday look, while the longer version hints at old movie star glamour and sophistication.

Small, Large


  • 2 skeins Malabrigo Silky Merino 51% Silk, 49% Merino; 150 yds per 50g skein – shown in Cape Cod Gray
  • 1 set U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle

22 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Buy it now for U.S. $5.00

Or buy the whole collection at a discount of almost 50% for U.S. $16.00

Apologies, etc.

January 8, 2011

My vow of getting better at posting here has gotten off to a rocky start. On my birthday, which was two days ago, I decided it would be fun to give something back, so I set up a few different Knitting Kninja related promotions on Ravelry. Did I then post here to let people know about that? No, I did not.

Basically, I noticed that the beginning of the year marks a spate of knitting resolutions among knitters, and saw many people adding one or another of my patterns to their queues in preparation to meet some goal in the coming year. The majority of these folks were part of a group wanting to knit 11 shawls in 2011. In response, I have two shawl related deals underway for the remainder of the month and one baby knitting deal. All of these deals are automatic when you check out, so no coupon code needed.

Deal 1: Buy Two Ladies, get $1 off Rosa. All three shawls for $15.50.

Deal 2: Purchase Clothilde or Arabella individually, get Beetle Tracks free.

Deal 3: Buy Surtsey, get Paulette free. Again, just add Paulette to your cart and it will be automatically discounted.

NOTE: Deal 2 originally read that you could buy ANY individual shawl and get Beetle Tracks free. However, including Rosa in that promotion was causing the first deal not to work, so I changed the parameters. If you’d like to purchase Rosa individually and get a free copy of Beetle Tracks, please email me or leave a comment here, on Twitter, Facebook, or Ravelry, and I will try to manually get the pattern to you as soon as possible. More apologies for the trouble this entails.

See and do

November 1, 2010

This is much later than I intended it to be, but better late than never! Back over the summer I was lucky enough to do some test knitting for Stephen West‘s Westknits Book One, which came out last month. Stephen has a distinctive design aesthetic that is always appealing to me, and these new designs are no exception. Clean lines, interesting colorwork, clever shaping, and a lack of extraneous frills characterize these beautiful shawls, hats, and scarves. They’re fun to knit without being frustrating to knit.

I knit Urbana, an interestingly shaped garter scarf/wrap, in the gorgeous Malabrigo Twist in Sealing Wax. Oh my gosh, you guys, squishiest scarf ever! Combining Twist and garter is brilliant, and since the yarn is so thick, it knits up fast before the garter can become tiresome. The shaping is a lot of fun, too. It works into an elongated parallelogram with a keyhole to make wearing easy. I had a hard time deciding on a contrast color for the edging, but eventually settled on Burgundy for a gentle contrast. My husband wears this scarf all the time. My photos don’t show off the shape well, but you can see a lot of great pictures of the shape on Stephen’s site.

I also knit a shawl, Chadwick, in luscious Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in Beyer’s Jewel Scarab and Shibui Knits Sock in Dragonfly. Picking the colors for this two color shawl was a lot of fun, and knitting it was more fun, especially as it was my first time using Bugga! That is a yarn that is just a pleasure to knit with, and it makes the smoothest knit fabric I’ve ever made. One again, you can see better pictures of Stephen’s clever shaping on his site, but I got a lot of pictures of the shawl on its recipient – my dear friend Christine, who surely deserves a Bugga! shawl if anyone does. I think this design is so great with her style, too – she’s not a frilly person, but she wears a lot of accessories and looks great in them, especially bright colors. The clever shaping and colorwork involves a little more concentration than Urbana does, but Stephen makes intarsia easy, and the different ways the colors meet up and cross keep this project from ever becoming tiresome.

Saturday morning cartoons

March 13, 2010

It’s Saturday, but Mr. Kninja has work this morning, so I’m at home with the monkeys, trying to work up the enthusiasm to come up with something fun to do.  I’m thoroughly worn out.  This week was a busy one at Casa Kninja.  It was a long series of a lot of little things that needed doing, culminating in the yearly IEP meeting for the middle Kninja child yesterday.  I’m pooped.

Earlier this week, the Beetle Tracks pattern went live on the Knit Picks site.  This means a decrease in the price to $1.99, so if you’ve already purchased the pattern at the original $3.50 price, next time you purchase one of my patterns, let me know and I’ll give you a $1.50 refund on the purchase.  There are a lot of lovely patterns up on Knit Picks through their Independent Designer Program, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s the time to do it!

I knit the new sample in Andean Treasure in Meringue.  It’s a lovely cream with a slight golden tone, and I actually think I’d like to use some for a sweater project in future.  My McQueen Knockoff is knit in Andean Treasure, and it’s one of my most worn knits.  (Incidentally, I think it would be nice to do an occasional return to an old project to see how it’s holding up and how often it’s worn.)  I wasn’t as sure about the yarn when I was knitting with it, but after wearing the sweater repeatedly for over a year, I have to say that it’s held up well, with some pilling, and that’s it’s very comfortable and warm, and the fit is still good.  This is better than I can say for a number of my sweaters where the yarn made a more favorable first impression!  The Andean Treasure has gotten softer and softer with wearing, and I love the way it looks.

We took pictures on one of our weekend walks on a recent (rare) day without rain.  I’m crazy proud of Mr. Kninja for this picture.  I don’t think he or I have ever taken such a good modeled shot between us.  I’m not a model and he’s not a photographer, and I think we muddle along pretty well for all that, but neither of us has an easy time with our photo shoots!  I feel silly posing and he’s dealing with a lot of technical stuff and trying to get a good shot that doesn’t make me look like an idiot and that also shows off the knitwear, and by gum, it’s tricky!

In the interest of full disclosure and also in keeping with previous posts on beauty and feminine ideals, I will say that all of my photos are edited in Photoshop, by me, and that I do some smoothing of my skin.  I tend to break out, even at the ripe old age of 31, and I have some minor scarring from previous breakouts, so I’m very self conscious about my skin.  I try very hard not to smooth out my freckles and other detail when I’m cleaning up my pictures, and I don’t change anything about the knitwear other than a little color correction, but my vanity is appeased only with a little clean up to my face.  I do not change the shape of my body, though.

Photos for this sort of thing are interesting.  They have a double aim.  On the one hand, you want them to accurately represent the knitwear to the customer, and to show them what they’ll get if they knit your pattern.  And on the other hand, you also want to present an idealized form, not so much of the knitwear, as of the model, because photos tell stories.  And we musn’t forget that these pictures are selling something.  I’m not a professional model and I don’t go as far as a company with a lot of money would to try to sell my patterns.  I have grey hair and wrinkles and my eyes get red around the rims, and I’m not so much of an expert or a liar that I can correct all those things in post.  But I am trying to show you a more idealized form of myself a lot of the time when I take photos of my knitting.  It’s more fun to think about walking around in nature than sitting on a couch, which is my more usual state of affairs.

While you do generally see the outfits I’d be inclined to wear anyway (that coat is one I wear almost daily when it’s at all cool out), I have found that since I’ve begun modeling my own creations, my clothing purchases have changed.  I tend to eye things with a thought of how it would look in a photo, or with knitwear on over it.  I buy more plain colored tees than I did in the past.  There’s a definite, but small, change in my wardrobe in consideration of how it would help with displaying my knitting.

One blatant exception to the daily wear is the wedding dress I donned for the Entrechat shoot.  I do not usually wander the beach barefoot in a wedding dress, however tempting it might be.  That was a fairly Rowan inspired shoot.  Rowan’s really good at getting into the heads of knitting fangirls of English literature and forcing us to picture ourselves out on a moor or at the seaside or in a lovely cafe, wearing our beautiful knitwear that makes us look so lovely that the handsome man wandering in from the side of the picture is sure to fall in love with us immediately.  I can’t compete, but I can create my own fantasies.

It’s like Saturday morning cartoons.  It’s all a lot of fun to watch Saturday morning cartoons, but the point is not just the entertainment, but what the entertainment sells.  And in the case of knitting patterns, photography is the cartoon that sells the toy.  I’m not trying to be cynical.  I have no problem with people making money from their work, myself included, and I have no real problem with the fact that good photography is what sells the pattern.  It’s not just the knitted item, but the story behind it.  The best selling patterns on Ravelry are usually accompanied by photos that don’t just show you what you’re making, but also tell you a lovely story.  So I’m trying to work on my photography and posing and storytelling skills.

(Please note: most of this post was actually written on Saturday morning before the weekend got crazy busy and I lost track of everything!  It’s most definitely not Saturday morning as I hit the “Publish” button.)

Anyway, I think I’ll describe my amateur photography/modeling process in more detail in future posts, to offer a look inside this particular sausage factory.  I’m learning a lot by not knowing what I’m doing, and hopefully others can benefit from all the things I try that don’t work and the few things that do.

Happy holidays!

December 22, 2009

I’m still caught in the rush of trying to finish getting ready for my own holiday and leaving tomorrow, so I never got the hoped for modeled shots of my new Susan Scarf.  However, sans modeled shots, I did put together a PDF of the Susan Scarf, updated, better written, and with a chart, before I head out.


Beetle Tracks

July 9, 2009

The Beetle Tracks scarf pattern is now available for purchase!  Thank you to all my test knitters!

Beetle Tracks is a simple lace and cable scarf, perfect for small amounts of soft yarn! Shorter than a typical scarf, it’s still long enough to wrap around once the neck and secure. The stitch pattern is simple to memorize and becomes very soothing after a time. If you’ve never done cables or lace, this is a gentle start in each. Quick gift knits, and once you’re used to the repeats, a perfect TV project!

For a better idea of length, here’s a photograph of me wearing it.

Finished Width: 4.5 inches
Finished Length: 56 inches

* 220 yards sport weight yarn
Shown in Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Embers
* 1 set U.S. size 5/3.75 mm needles
* cable needle
* tapestry needle

21 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

$1.99 in U.S. dollars.  Buy now for PDF download!  Also available at Knit Picks.

New pattern, plus other stuff

June 5, 2009

This is a little scarf I whipped up for one of my sons’ teachers!  I hadn’t originally planned to write up a pattern, but I was very pleased with how it turned out, so I ended up doing just that.  My scarf is short, but long enough to wear comfortably (I’ll get modeled shots soon), and it took only 220 yards of sport weight yarn!  I’m very pleased about that.  If you’re interested in test knitting, send me a quick message. My scarf was 55 inches long, but you can, of course, make yours longer, provided you have more yarn.

Perhaps this makes me odd, but the stitches together reminded me of Namib Desert beetles and the tracks they make in the sand.  The pattern, therefore, is named Beetle Tracks. It’s pretty simple and easy to memorize, and I hope other people enjoy it.

Other things!

The cutest little fellow showed up at my house the other day.

He didn’t bring any baggage, but he did bring a lot of cheer!  Weezel arrived on the very day that I really started feeling better again.  I think he’s good luck. He quickly made a friend.

Weezel has since settled happily onto my knitting cabinet.  Such a cool thing to get in the mail!  Thank you, Lady!

And since I’m trying to catch up, here are a few more things I’ve been working on and a detailed shot of the lace from my rustic cardigan.

Dapper Herringbone Scarf

December 4, 2007

I should be ashamed of myself for even daring to call this a pattern, but a few people have asked about the scarf I showed in my last post, and I figured I’d just quickly explain what I did. There is absolutely no skill involved in coming up with this, because I just used a Barbara Walker stitch pattern and made it about as wide as I wanted. (For those with Barbara Walker’s first Treasury, the stitch pattern is the Woven Diagonal Herringbone on page 96 of my edition.)

I made my scarf with two skeins of Cascade Luna. It’s pretty short, though, (43 inches) so I’d recommend 4 skeins for a more normal length scarf of about 7 feet long. The stitch pattern is perfect for a scarf because it’s reversible, and it has enough interest to keep a knitter pretty well occupied with a result that is not too flashy for even the most conservative of fashionable gentlemen. (Of course, it would work admirably for a woman, too. I am just pleased to have found something that works even for someone like my husband, who does not like frippery on his handknits.)

So, the pattern, such as it is.

Yarn: 4 skeins Cascade Luna
Possible yarn subs: Rowan All Seasons Cotton, Cascade Ecological Wool, Malabrigo Worsted, Knit Picks Main Line (about 336 yards of any of these)
Needles: One pair 5 mm needles (U.S. size 6)
Gauge: 17.5 st to 4″ in pattern (this does not need to be terribly precise)

Please note: All slipped stitches are slipped with the yarn in front.

Cast on 24 st

Row 1 (WS) and all other wrong side rows: Purl across.
Row 2: (Sl 3, k3) 4x.
Row 4: K1, * sl 3, k3; repeat from *, end sl 3, k2.
Row 6: K2, * sl 3, k3; rep from *, end sl 3, k1.
Row 8: (K3, sl 3) 4x.
Row 10: Sl 1, *k3, sl 3; rep from *, end k3, sl 2.
Row 12: Sl 2, *k3, sl 3; rep from *, end k3, sl 1.

Repeat rows 1-12 until you feel the scarf is of a good length or you run out of yarn. You should have just enough for a scarf slightly over 7 feet long if you use 4 skeins of Cascade Luna. Wet block the scarf and then wear. Swell!

January 2nd edit:  Orata over at Feather and Fan made some really excellent adaptations to this pattern.  Her version is called the Prismatic Scarf, and it works really well with any variegated yarns as well as eliminating any possible tendency to curl.  My version blocks pretty flat, but it does want to curl, as will happen with any stockinette based pattern.  The Prismatic Scarf evens out the knits and the purls to a happy medium.  Hooray for happy endings!  I actually think I’ll be making a second version using the Prismatic pattern (and some fun yarn).