A Jaunty bear is something of a treasure. Something to be respected, held close to your heart and protected from unsavory influences. If you should meet a jaunty bear, do not play dead or run away, instead invite him to lunch and a walk in the park. You should count yourself lucky to befriend such a creature, don’t ruin the opportunity with fears or doubts.
Jaunty bears like to knit, dance, and wear sweaters.
To help you in the process of fitting in with and befriending the bears, I present to you … Bear Ridge Scarf. Now I’ve never met a real jaunty bear in person (or a grumpy bear, for that matter) but from what I understand a lot of them live in places that can get pretty cold. I know they have fur and all that but some bears may be more sensitive to cold than others and need an extra layer or two. Humans differ, after all, so why not bears? Maybe grumpy bears are just uncomfortably cold bears. Besides, if a bear did want to wear a scarf, I’m pretty sure it would look something like this; simple, elegant, classy and cool. Ok, ok, without further hubbub, here is the Bear Ridge Scarf and pattern.
- The Bear Ridge Scarf is a shallow, triangular scarf knit back and forth in garter stitch. It features a small picot edging along the two bottom edges.
bear scarf is about 12″ deep and 52″ wide
Here’s what I used:
1 pair of size 9 circular knitting needles, 32″
1 darning needle or crochet hook for weaving in ends
2 skeins Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lambswool) in colorway #349
You can use 220 yards of any worsted weight yarn you’d like, sky’s the limit!
What’s my gauge again?
Gauge is not important with this project. If you don’t want to use a worsted yarn, just make sure you adjust your needle to a size appropriate for the yarn you end up choosing.
Here’s how I did it:
CO 3 sts
Row 1: knit
Row 2: Using the cabled cast on method CO3, BO1, knit until the end of the row.
Row 3-?: Repeat row 2 until your scarf is as large as you would like it or until you run out of yarn, leaving some yarn for BO (if you want to be a rebel, knit yourself out of yarn and BO using the crochet hook method) and weave in those nasty ends.
Block your scarf by pinning your picots out and steaming the hey out of it (trust me, blocking this project makes a world of difference).
Wear and enjoy! My favorite way to wear it is modeled below but feel free to be your own person and make your own decisions on the matter. Don’t worry, we’ll still be friends.
Blending in with bears
Obligatory bear pin (to indicate I am friend, not foe)
Bear Ridge namesake: garter stitch for days!