So as the Meret craze began in earnest, people wanted scarves, and mittens, and while there were a couple of rather good designs slowly coming along for mittens, nobody has created a simple little scarf. So here is mine.
Made to match the pink Meret, and using one pattern repeat of the lace from the magnificent Ms Wormhead‘s much loved design. If you used two balls of yarn to make your Meret, there will probably be about two thirds left over, and you’ll need at least one more, depending on how long or wide you want your Snuggler.
The Snuggler in the photo is in a cashmerino aran weight, but any DK or Aran weight yarn will do, although it must be soft. If you made your hat in something itchy like mohair or a rough tweed, think about making the snuggler in something else. Seriously.
A 4×1 rib is repeated three times on either side of the Meret lace pattern, and it’s knit until long enough – approx 3 feet for a neckwarmer length, longer if you want it to wrap or knot.
PM = Place marker on needle. You can use a small plastic curtain ring, a mini hair scrunchie, or a piece of scrap wool.
SM = Slip marker from left to right needle.
If you’re confident that you can see the pattern section to make it without markers, just leave them out.
When you come to purl the YO stitch from the previous row, purl into the *back* loop, which will create a bigger eyelet. This is important since eyelets are used to push a button through the finished garment.
The construction is three sets of K4, P1 rib making 15 stitches, a 13 stitch pattern set, followed by a final set of 15 stitch rib. If you want a wider scarf, add a section or more of rib (in a multiple of 5) or even an extra pattern section (14 stitches to include the pattern 13 stitches plus a P or K stitch between each pattern sets). As long as you cast on a multiple of 5 stitches plus a multiple of 13 (+1 if you’re doing several) for the centre pattern section, you can go as wide as you like.
For the design pictured:
Cast on 43 stitches.
Row 1: K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, PM, pattern section: K1, yo, K4, sk2po, K4, yo, K1, PM, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4.
Row 2 and all even numbered rows:
P4, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, SM, pattern section: P13, SM, K1, P4, K1, P4, K1, P4.
Row 3: K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, SM, pattern section: K2, yo, K3, sk2po, K3, yo, K2, SM, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4.
Row 4: as row 2
Row 5: K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, SM, pattern section: K3, yo, K2, sk2po, K2, yo, K3, SM, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4.
Row 6: as row 2
Row 7: K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, SM, pattern section: K4, yo, K1, sk2po, K1, yo, K4, SM, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4.
Row 8: as row 2
Row 9: K4, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, SM, pattern section: K5, yo, sk2po, yo, K5, SM, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, K4.
Row 10: as row 2
Repeat this 10 rows until it’s as long as you want, trying on until you get the right fit. The snuggler is meant to fit underneath a coat or jacket collar, so approx 3-4 feet will probably be enough. It is intended as a quick and easy knit. Stop when you’ve had enough!
Cast Off using your favourite method after the end of a complete 10-row pattern, purlwise over knits and knitwise over purls. A good stretchy cast-off goes like this:
Work 2 sts, put left hand needle (knitwise or purlwise, whatever you think looks better) into both sts and K2tog or Purl 2 tog. Repeat.
You could put two button loops on one end and two buttons down the side if you want a shorter snuggler than pictured here.
The button is from a large selection at granny’s button tin (more on that later), probably Chinese enamel, and fits through any of the lace y/o eyelets, making it easy for frozen wee fingers to get on and off.
And if you make one, send us a photo for our upcoming gallery.