Quick and Breezy:
Condo knitting is a fun and easy knitting technique that involves knitting alternating rows of a patten with widely different sized knitting needles.
This gives the finished fabric an open appearance without any fancy stitchwork. Using two needles that aren't incredibly far apart, as in this project, gives a look sort of like dropped stitches without any effort at all.
- one skein Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sport Weight[/link from Premier Yarns (I used color 13, pink carnation), or about 230 yards of your favorite fine yarn
- one pair size 5 US knitting needles and one size 15 knitting needle
- scissors and yarn needle
17 stitches per 4 inches (4.25 stitches per inch) on smaller needles and 21 rows per 4 inches (5.25 rows per inch) in condo knitting (Garter Stitch). Gauge is not critical.
Finished size is 9 inches wide and 48 inches long.
- Using size 5 needle, cast on 30 stitches.
- Knit one row.
- Change to size 15 needle and knit 1 row.
- Knit one row with size 5 needle.
- Continue in this manner, changing needle size each row, until piece measures around 48 inches, or length of your choice, ending with a row on the size 5 needle.
- Using the size 5 needles, bind off.
- Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Make It Your Own:
I like the look of this scarf very wide, but you can cast on fewer stitches if you'd like something a little less substantial. And if you'd like bigger holes in your scarf, use a size 35 needle instead of the size 15 (that's more traditional) to make a much airier piece.
To wear, wrap around your neck as you would a scarf, or try draping it over your shoulders and closing with a pin for a shawl effect.