Driftless Scarf

When I was designing this scarf I really wanted something naturally simple that would build up softly in layers, something lovely that would help a beginner gain confidence while making,

but I also wanted it to be something expertly crafted and intricately clean, something that a more experienced maker would appreciate.

The finish leaves straight edges on all sides, ready to wear and beautifully minimal on its own,

but at the same time is the perfect surface for adding on a bold contrast or delicate lace edging. I didn’t want to overwhelm and fill the pattern with endless options, so I left it at two widths and a solid foundation with room for your creative variations.ย ๐Ÿ’•

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf

(We live on the edge of the Minnesota River Valley known as the Driftless Area,ย surrounded by steep bluffs, where underground streams have carved out hidden caves and created natural cold springs. As a kid I would dig up kaolin clay in my backyard, look for fossils in the drift and occasionally find a bit of shale or mica for my pocket. I have always loved living in a place where some of the landscape was blurred smooth by glacial retreat and some was not, giving me the joy of having expansive fields of flat midwestern prairie to run through, mixed with high peaks and deep limestone valleys to marvel at.)

This scarf is a little bit that simple complexity ๐Ÿ’•

6 thoughts on “Driftless Scarf

    1. Hi Janine, I think you’ll be able to master the stitches quickly and in no time have your very own Driftless! I just started one in fingering weight and I’m in love ๐Ÿ˜

  1. I love the look of this. I’m definitely going to give it a try with some light fingering wool, since I’ve got lots of that. Thanks for the inspiration!

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