Every time I start a new knitting project, the following conversation happens between hubby and myself.
Hubby: What are you making?
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.
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.
A 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.