Wayfarer is a beautiful textured scarf for men and women. It was designed by Jared Flood for his new yarn, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. Laura and I were both attracted to it, and dove right in to knit our own.
Laura chose Shelter in Sap, which is a perfect color for her. It looks great on Kristine, too, who’s wearing it in the picture above. The finished size is 8 by 78 inches. It’s a nice big scarf that gives you plenty of ways to wear it and keeps you warm!
Wayfarer combines garter stitch and a slip stitch rib. The border between the two gracefully moves along the length of the piece, as you can see above. These details are not only attractive, but fun to knit. There are two straight sections where Jared notes you can add or subtract length to customize the size of your scarf.
For my Wayfarer, I went with Shelter yarn in the color Wool Socks. I had a hard time choosing a color, because they’re all so beautiful. I did make my scarf a little shorter. Even though I’m tall, I don’t like my scarves particularly long.
When I finished the knitting, I soaked it in the sink in barely warm water. I pressed out as much water as gently as I could and laid it flat to dry. It blocked beautifully and feels great. The knitting pulled in at the two sections shown above before I blocked it. Even now it’s not perfectly straight, which I don’t mind. If you want, you can use blocking wires for a more even finish.
Wayfarer’s my new favorite scarf. I’m so glad the weather’s gotten cold and I can wear it!