The Manly Scarf

Every time I start a new knitting project, the following conversation happens between hubby and myself.

Hubby:     What are you making?

Me:          Socks

Hubby:     Great!  But I don’t like that colour.

Me:          They are not for you sweetie.

Hubby:     (Big pout) You never make me anything!

Me:          I made you the gigantic Homestead afghan.

Hubby:    And it took you long enough to finish it too….

Me:         Pfft!  Would you like to be stabbed with a knitting needle?

Hubby:   Ouch!  What did I do to deserve such animosity?! You are so mean!

Me:        You haven’t seen anything yet…

Me:        So what would you like me to make you?  Socks?

Hubby:   No, I don’t want any socks.

Me:        Mittens?

Hubby:   No, only sissies wear mittens.

Me:        How about a scarf?  You need a warm scarf up here.

Hubby:  Only if it’s manly looking, I don’t want no girly looking scarf.

Me:        Ok fine, a manly scarf it is then.  Will you finally stop bugging me when I am knitting?

Hubby:  Probably not (insert evil grin).

So a manly scarf project is on the needles.  I went out and bought the scratchiest wool I could find (two can play this evil grin game) and selected a very basic, manly looking scarf pattern.

Manly ScarfA simple 2 row pattern moss stitch provides a bumpy texture without making the scarf girly.  The bonus of a simple 2 row pattern repeat is it knits up fast, so I can get back to making more important projects….

For those wanting the pattern, here you go:

Cast on 50 stitches in a worsted weight yarn (gauge is 20 sts and 26 rows equals 10 cm using 4.5 mm needles)

Row 1:  Slip first stitch, *P1, K1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1
Row 2:  Slip first stitch, *K1, P1, repeat from * to last stitch, K1

Repeat both rows until desired length is reached, typically around 70 inches for a scarf.  Cast off and weave in ends.

Wrap it tightly around hubby’s neck to shut him up.

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7 thoughts on “The Manly Scarf

  1. Love it Deb! I am actually knitting a really pretty soft gray and silver cowl with mohair right now. I’ve never knit with it before and I absolutely love how its coming together. Have you done anything with it before? And I really want to learn how to do socks. Extra needles scare me.

    • Thanks Anne! oooooo…Mohair… I have not knit with it yet, but I have knit with a very fuzzy Alpaca (that shed everywhere while I was knitting it) and the finished product was great. If you want to learn how to do socks (which I was terrified of earlier this year and now LOVE them!), head over to this website: It is choc full of great resources… good luck!

  2. All I have to do now is figure out what to whine about next…….. Got the afghan and the scarf will not be too long coming…… Maybe a cross stitch of a sunset that was started numerous years ago…… 🙂
    Thanks sweetie!

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