Design Inspiration: A Day At The Beach Scarf

Designing Knitting Stitches


So where does inspiration come from? From a sunset, a beautiful field, a work of art . . . a laundry hamper.

Yep, you heard me right. Sometimes inspiration comes from the weirdest places.  A little over a year ago, my husband David and I were at an adorable Inn In Woodstock New York, and I just loved the laundry hamper.  It was a cool basket with a kind of weird swirley pattern.

Even though I was on deadline at the time for another sweater (more on that hoodie at a later date), I picked up my needles and started playing around to see if I could recreate it. I tried traditional cables, and lace stitches, and finally, I just invented a weird twisted stitch pass over thingy that I quite liked.

1 Basket

Laundry Basket

2 Swatch

Stitch it Inspired








Does the stitch look exactly like the basket?  Not at all, but that’s not the point. The basket was a jumping off point that made me pick up my needles.  I stopped trying to “match” it when I got something on my needles that said “hey, stop, look at me, aren’t I cute?”

Since I loved the way it added a certain structure to a really floopy silk, and the swatch trapped air in a pleasing way, I thought, scarf or shawl???  How bout scawl or sharf. That’s when you can’t quite make up your mind so you design a really wide scarf that can stretch out over your shoulders, or squinch up around your neck.  Also, it’s easy to adjust at any length or width because it’s a 4 stitch repeat.

So if you want to make one for yourself,

Here ya go (click on the picture or name for more info, or the “buy now” to .  . . well, you know)

Day at the Beach Scarf

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