Here is another small project that is easy to take along with you.
I saw a photograph of a model wearing a curly spiral scarf, and I wanted to make one for my friend for her birthday. I'm sure that there are a lot of patterns for this kind of scarf, but I didn't have one in any of my books, so I made up my own.
Frilly Spiral Scarf
Size 10 circular knitting needle, 36 inches or longer
I used the following, but you can substitute another fluffy yarn:
Laines Du Nord "Papavero" yarn, made in Italy. Three 50 gram (76 yard) balls. This yarn is 46% wool, 44% polyamid and 10% cupro. It is black with white accents and has gold and silver "tinsel" like threads running through it.
Cast on 115 stitches.
Knit the first row.
Increase in the next row as follows: K1 and then draw the yarn over the needle to increase a stitch. Do this across the row until the last stitch. Knit the last stitch and turn. (about 229 stitches)
Knit next two rows.
Work the increase row again. You should have approximately 457 stitches on the needle.
Knit the next two rows.
Work the increase row again. You should have approximately 913 stitches on the needle, which is a lot of stitches to manage!
Knit one or two more rows, depending on how wide you want the scarf to be.
Cast off the stitches. Weave in the ends of the yarn.
Notes: I first tried to knit this scarf in a cotton yarn, and it had no character. It came out about one and a half inches wide. I unraveled it and found a fluffier yarn. I switched to larger needles and I added an extra row between increase rows.
This is a very forgiving project, so it isn't important to be perfect. I say this because it is frustrating to try to unravel stitches when there are hundreds of them on the needles and the yarn is so fluffy.
The nature of the pattern is that the scarf will twist around the needles, so the stitches become very compacted by the end of the project. Therefore, work loosely!
It might be fun to add beads to this project. String the beads onto the yarn first and then slide them up the yarn and add them at random.