UPDATE Oct. 22, 2010: After having this vest in my cloest for awhile, I would've preferred a wider belt. I'm leaving the pattern below as originally written because this isn't so much a mistake as a preference. If I could re-do my belt though, I would cast on around 15-20 stitches instead so that the belt is about 2.5 inches wide.
This pattern was inspired by the Marc by Marc Jacobs Sondra scarf. I loved the scarf, but at $230, it was way out of my budget, so I decided to recreate my own version. This scarf is knit lengthwise in trinity stitch with a 2x2 ribbing down the center. The tie and belt loops are knit separately and the belt loops are sewn on. The scarf can be worn belted or as a regular scarf.
66 in x 9 in
- 1 circular size US 8 knitting needles
- 1 size US 5 knitting needles
- 4 skeins Paton's Classic Wool (223 yards per skein, worsted weight)
- Tapestry needle
On larger needles in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
16 sts x 28 rows = 4 in x 4 in
- This pattern was written for one size and should fit anywhere between a women's S-XL. The pattern is easily adjustable though, so measure first to make sure you know what length and width you want.
- Blocking is an extremely important part of this pattern. My length grew 15 inches and my width contracted 1 inch after blocking (and that extra length was necessary). I do not recommend using an unblockable fiber on this pattern, but if you must, you'll need to figure out how many stitches you'll need to get the longer length.
K1 - Knit one
P1 - Purl one
P3tog - Purl 3 stitches together
Multiple of 4 stitches + 2
Row 1 (RS) - Purl
Row 2 (WS) - K1, *(K1, P1, K1) into the same stitch, P3tog*, K1
Row 3 - Purl
Row 4 - K1, *P3tog, (K1, P1, K1) into the same stitch*, K1
*Repeat the stitches until you get to the last remaining stitch*
Knit over any even number of stitches.
Row 1 - K2, P2
Row 2 - Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches
Knit over any odd number of stitches.
Row 1 - P1, *K1, P1*
Row 2 - K1, *P1, K1*
*Repeat the stitches until you get to the end*
- On larger needles, cast on 294 stitches.
- Do 6 repeats of the trinity stitch or until work measures 4 inches.
- Next work the 2x2 ribbing until the ribbing measures 2 inches. Be sure to end with a WS row.
- Finish off with 6 more repeats of the trinity stitch or until the second set of the trinity stitch measures 4 inches.
- Bind off and weave in ends.
- On larger needles, cast on 11 stitches.
- Knit in the 1x1 ribbing until the belt is to your desired length. Blocking can add a great deal of length on to this as well.
- Bind off and weave in ends.
Belt Loop Pattern:
- On smaller needles, cast on 7 stitches. Leave a 3-4 inch tail.
- Repeat the 1x1 rib pattern until the belt loop is long enough to fit the width of your belt.
- Bind off and leave another 3-4 inch tail on the end. Do not weave in ends.
- Block the belt and scarf. You can block the belt loops too if desired, but I didn't.
- Try the scarf on and then add the belt. Find out where the belt should sit so that it's flattering on you. Measure from the bottom up on one side to figure out where the bottom on your belt loop should be placed.
- Using the tails on the belt loops, sew them on in the center of the ribbing so they are equal distance from the bottom on both sides.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me here on LJ (metalheavy) or at ravelry (metalheavy).