Summers end is quickly approaching. Every year around this time, my mind wanders to those crisp fall days. The chill in the air, the leaves gracefully floating from the trees, and of course the knitwear…. the hats and scarves and boot cuffs and mittens.


There’s something timeless about the Infinity scarf though. It works. Always. Especially in a cool, neutral shade of creamy white. It works with a light, cotton summer top and jeans. Or wrapped around close to the neck over a fluffy, bulky Aran sweater with leather boots. Oh…..there I go wandering again.


Milkweed is a pretty pairing of cables and eyelets that twist and stagger up the length of the scarf. It measures a very generous 82″ long. You can wear it in one big loop, double it, triple it or wear it long and unbuttoned as a regular scarf. Sometimes the beauty is in the sheer simplicity of things.


The pattern is an easy to memorize repeat of 20 rows. I’ve charted the pattern AND included written instructions. I designed the scarf to have a nice rolled edge, so you’ll want to pay close attention to the slipped stitches that occur on both right and wrong side rows.


As with all of my new patterns, I’m making Milkweed available for FREE for a limited time while it’s in the Beta stage. Please feel free to scan the QR code on the main page of the pattern with your smartphone and it will automatically pop up your email application with my email address and the name of the pattern in the subject line. It’s all done for you! All you need to do is let me know your question or whatever pesky errata you may run into.


I love hearing feedback from all of you as well. So please feel free to comment here on the blog as well as Ravelry.  Tell me who you’ll be knitting this for or what fiber you plan on using. I try my hardest to answer all your comments but it can be difficult to get to all of them, but please keep them coming! They make my day so much sweeter.

Speaking of the yarn you use for this scarf… I wrote the pattern up in Cascade’s Superwash Merino 128. It takes just 2 hanks. The fiber itself is luscious! Very lofty, soft and warm. It’s just begging to be knit and worn right up against your skin.

DSC_7607-Edit-2  Now onto the fun bit…. the Giveaway. 2 Hanks of Cascade 128 in “White” and the printed pattern to make your own scarf. Yay!!! Just leave a comment on this blogpost of what your most looking forward to knitting this time of year. Something for back-to-school? Prepping for Xmas gift knitting? Let me know in your comment and then follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget. You have until next Friday, August 21, 2015 to enter the Giveaway.

Note: When the winner is announced on the blog, they will also be notified by email. If the winner does not reply to the blog post or email within 10 days, another winner will be chosen.

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  • Michele says:

    Of course Christmas gifts, but right now we had a surge of new babies in the family, so looking forward to lots if baby knits! 🙂

  • Carmen N says:

    I need to start on some Christmas gifts and finish WIPs but of course I’ll cast on quite a few new projects 🙂 … perhaps a shawl or something else for me.

  • Jacquelyn says:

    I plan to make sweaters for my kids and hats for gifts.

  • Peggy Sevre says:

    This winter I also plan to master turning a heel, so I can make socks.

  • Peggy Sevre says:

    I have a Gurnsey Wrap that is about 1/3 finished. I want to finish it so I can wear it for winter. I love to knit neck warmers and hats. They are much quicker gratification.

  • Louise Edwards says:

    making scarfs and cowls for Christmas, maybe some mitts.

  • Jane says:

    It’s so pretty!

  • CeCe says:

    I have just learned how to add beads to my knitting. I’m looking forward to adding beads to winter accessories to make them extra special.

  • Rita Scanlan says:

    I am looking forward to making and using Afghanis, shawls and scarves. This pattern is lovely

  • koreakiwi says:

    Beautiful scarf, thank u 🙂 My knitting time is busy with making baby clothes for my first grandchild due in September.

  • Kim Hovey says:

    As we head into fall, I look forward to getting a jump start on Christmas presents.

  • Donna Burton says:

    I’m looking forward to knitting a wrap to wear this fall

  • Karen Warren says:

    I usually try to get in some Christmas in July knitting for donations to some charitable groups, and then start a few Christmas gifts.
    And I will be one to join some fun summer KALs as well.

  • Anneke says:

    Forgot to tell you: I am a sock-ahollic (if that is a word). I admit it I am addicted to knitting socks…

  • Anneke says:

    It’s lovely, this would be perfect for a friend. And oh boy, I do need to get started soon!!!

  • Bordergirl says:

    Love knitting scarves and hats this time of year. But mostly, I knit baby gifts for family and dear friends.

  • Heidi G says:

    Of COURSE I have to knit this… my kids and I have already released 7 Monarch butterflies, with 3 more emerging today, and the promise of another ~10! Today I’m planning a new sweater for myself and also look forward to making some cute winter hats for my 4-yo girl. Thank you for the lovely and versatile pattern!

  • Reba says:

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. So, I guess I would have to say that I look forward to making this scarf this fall. As an old knitter (knitting for 50 yrs) there are not many things out there that catch my eye. I look for patterns that will keep me interested in the project, with a symmetry and flow that is pleasing to the eye, and will make good gifts since I have way more knitted items than I can ever use. Thanks again!

  • laura a. says:

    Well, THIS year I’m most excited about knitting something for our friends’ adoption fundraiser. I couldn’t think of a better reason to knit. Now if I could only decide what to make. 🙂

  • Linda says:

    I look forward to knitting a lot of Christmas gifts in the Fall. Your scarf pattern is beautiful.

  • Miriam Olsen says:

    I like to start making sweaters for my grandsons. They always want a character sweater knit by their Grammie!

  • Kimberly says:

    I love to knit all the time but I’m particularly looking forward to finding and knitting the perfect little gift for each of my family member’s who I know will enjoy getting a homemade item from me. It might be a Christmas ornament, an elegant scarf to go with a party dress, an alligator scarf for my nephews or bearded hats so they can look just like their Papa when they go out to work on various projects outside. I’ve already started perusing Ravelry and Pinterest for the perfect, small-scale, gifts, so I have time to get them all done and enjoy the making of them.

  • Arlene says:

    Been knitting with linen all summer – really looking forward to working with something soft and squishy and using needles larger than 3’s and 4’s! This scarf looks perfect.

  • Georgette says:

    getting all my christmas knits done (:

  • Alexis says:

    Accessories are a must knit for easy christmas gifts.

  • Robin F. says:

    Love this pattern. Right now I’m busy knitting shawls for my cruise.

  • Rosie says:

    My daughter would love me to knit her this. It’s beautiful !

  • Sheryl says:

    There isn’t one time of the year for me, I look forward to the next project, whatever it may be, even before the last one is off the needles.

  • Karey says:

    I’m looking forward to make some baby items for a friend. Then I might make a few scarves for winter!

  • Caroline Reynolds says:

    I just finished a vest so I’ll be ready on the first chilly day of fall. I also finished the first half of a pair of socks for wearing w/ high tops on a rainy day. Looks like ElNino is coming our way. Milkweed is a pretty pattern that could be used for sweater front, a bag or even a matching hat. Thanks

  • mjmgains says:

    I’m looking forward to making something for me for a change. We hardly ever seen to do that don’t you find? it’s very relaxing whilst coping with illness.

  • Elisa says:

    Love it! I’m looking forward to making a few new cowls and scarves and now this is one of them!

  • Deepa says:

    I like to make accessories for my kids- hats and mittens. They’re instant gratification and my kids have the most unique stuff at school!

  • Rebecca says:

    I’m looking forward to knitting anything that lets me explore new techniques and color combinations. Currently that would be 3 scarves, 2 sweaters, and a whole bunch of swatches… and the number of wips keeps growing and growing…

  • Sara says:

    At this time of year I go into Christmas present mode. I have three beautiful goddaughters to knit for as well as my best friend, their mum. This year the girls are getting tunics, their mum is getting and accessory set (this scarf would be perfect!) and everyone else is getting coaster sets, tea cosys, and socks. Happy, busy needles!

  • Sherry says:

    I’m looking forward to finishing up the various projects I am currently working on (scarf, sweater, slippers), then I can start up on the multitude of Christmas gifts I have planned. This would be a great gift!

  • socknurse says:

    cowls are my favorite and it takes some very nice yarn to make it!

  • Tracey says:

    Such a beautiful pattern. I am finishing up a hat, knitting dish cloths for Christmas gifts and then I am most looking forward to finishing a blanket I have had in timeout due to the heat.

  • Miriam says:

    This time of year, I look forward to knitting presents for Christmas. Milkweed will be the perfect Christmas gift for my daughters! Thank you for the pattern.

  • PatriciaM says:

    This is beautiful, thank you <3

  • Natasha says:

    I’m looking forward to knitting a couple of warm wooly sweaters for my littlest girls. I’m dreaming of how cute they will look. 🙂

  • Janet says:

    Looking forward to kitting lovely warm cowls (like Milkweed) for our cold winters here in the North. Also going to learn to make my own socks!

  • Heike says:

    I’m looking forward knitting a sweater with hoodie for my youngest.
    Thank you for that generous giveaway.

  • Kristi says:

    I’m starting to get excited about knitting for back-to-school…It seems I always wait a little too long to get started because obviously my brain thinks I can do things faster than my hands can really manage it! But I also need to be in the mood! So I am working my way in that direction.

  • savannagal says:

    I’m looking forward to ripping out and reknitting my Sipsey’s Folly sweater I started knitting a couple years ago. My gauge change dramatically in the colorwork section. It turned out awful and unwearable. Time to try again.

  • Christine B says:

    This is a beautiful pattern, thank you. I need to make fingerless mitts and convertible mitts sometime soon. If I don’t get started soon, they might never get done in time. LOL I am also thinking about knitting a lacey summer cotton top – for me for next year. Nothing like planning ahead. ( I don’t get much time to knit as I would like)

  • victoria kane says:

    cant wait to start this project actually, looks beautiful!

  • I am so looking forward to making my dear toddler daughter pretty things for winter!

  • Stephanie Bilbao says:

    I love knitting fall/winter accessories around this time of year but this year I have so many friends expecting babies that everything is on hold while I make baby blankets and stuffed toys.

  • I cannot wait to start some new wool sweaters – I have several in my queue, I just can’t decide which one to cast on first!

  • Lucia says:

    This time of year I’m thinking ahead to making Christmas gifts…I mostly make cowls and headbands as gifts, but sometimes hats and mittens too! Love this new Milkweed scarf, so pretty in white!

  • Rose Scott says:

    I love that it is nearing time when I can again cast on big wooly items for my fall/winter knitting articles.

  • Becca S. says:

    At this time of year, I always look forward to knitting my younger niece her birthday sweater — she gets a new one every year!

  • Nancy Matheny says:

    Another very nice Infinity scarf, I love these styles, can’t wait until fall to start wearing all the ones I’ve made this summer.

  • Cassandra says:

    I like to knit baby things, shawls and other small items during the summer

  • an says:

    If my daughter can decide her scarf, but in the meantime everyother scarf she sees!!!!

  • Rhonda says:

    Beautiful pattern and beautiful yarm. Great project for the fall.

  • StaceyKnitsIt says:

    I really want to knit so many kinds of things. Since I’ve been knitting so many sweaters, I can’t wait to make hats, mittens, shawls, cowls, socks, slippers, etc… Thank you for this Super Lovely Scarf pattern! I think my log in name may have been Stacey B. for the giveaway, but is now showing up as StaceyKnitsIt, which is also my name.

  • Julia says:

    Beautiful scarf pattern! I usually start knitting winter accessories at this time of year so this particular pattern will fit right in 🙂

  • mamawitch666 says:

    Lovely pattern,lovely yarn. Great for the season to come

  • Renee says:

    The pattern is beautiful.

  • Elisa says:

    Lovely scarf! I’m looking forward to some winter sock knitting 🙂

  • Jo Derouin says:

    I have to knit a cowl for a friend

  • Renee says:

    I look forward to knitting hats, cowls and maybe even some mittens. I just purchased your new e-book on Amazon so I am already hunting for yarn from the stash! Love your designs.

  • macinic says:

    Divine. I can fit one last cloche in before winter ends, I’m sure I can 😉

  • macinic says:

    Divine. I’m going to fit one last cloche in before winter ends 😉

  • Valerie - CoggiesMIL on Ravelry says:

    Hats & cowls for Christmas — portable projects for Summer!

  • Sue says:

    I’ve got to knit some fingerless mitts! I don’t keep the house very warm, and I know that mitts would help keep me warm.

  • Leanna says:

    This is a beautiful pattern!

  • margaret hawley says:

    Love the milkweed pattern. I have milkweed in my garden for the butterflies. It smells amazing when in bloom like a lilac only more intense.

  • girliefriend says:

    Lovely scarf! We’re getting back into charity knitting, and this scarf would be perfect.

  • ladjm says:

    I am just about to cast on Stephen West’s Holey Chevrons shawl and I can’t wait!!!! xxx

  • Sallyhp says:

    I’m finishing my second Bradway Shawl and a Camilla Babe sweater for the sskal right now and then tackling my ‘handmade Christmas’ list…it’s lengthy 😉

  • sbeep says:

    It’s winter here in Australia, so I am enjoying knitting shawls and blankets at the moment.

  • My next project is a pair of strawberry mitts. I got the yarn and the pattern from a local shop during the Rose City Yarn Crawl this spring. I’m super excited to cast these cuties on!

  • alicia grayson says:

    I love Dr Who which starting the new season in Sept so I’ll be knitting “Bigger on the Inside” Shawl this fall.

  • Janie says:

    Thank you for the free pattern. I have a baby blanket to finish knitting for my stepdaughter’s first child, then I need to get busy on some winter things for my other stepdaughter’s family. They moved in July from the Bahamas to near Boston and will be freezing in a few months.

  • Becky says:

    I’m right there with you…my mind wanders towards crisp, cool days and falling leaves! So, I’m most excited to knit something cozy to keep me warm on those days, and this scarf would be perfect!

  • beckyandresBecky says:

    I’m right there with you…letting my mind wander to cool crisp days, and falling leaves! So, I’m most looking forward to knitting something cozy to keep my warm on those days!

  • Virginia Smith says:

    This time of year, I’m usually working on Christmas gifts. This year, I’m working on things for twin girl grandbabies due in November.

  • Stephanie W says:

    Scarfs and cowls are always a favorite to knit for fall and winter.

  • Sally Ortiz says:

    This is so pretty! I have a number of people in my life who would love to receive this, including me!

  • Kerry (beluke on Rav) says:

    Thanks for this lovely pattern. Here in the southern hemisphere I’m looking forward to making a lovely summer cardi. I also enjoy making laceweight scarves and shawls for those evenings “when you just need a little something” rather than any heavyweight yarn to feel comfortable.

  • cwknitnut says:

    Beautiful! I love cables and lace

  • I’m looking forward to knitting some socks. Your pattern, as always, is gorgeous.

  • stefanie says:

    Looking to start some gifts for my toddler niece and perhaps some slippers for everyone.

  • Jacqlin Cannon says:

    In this heat I knit something relativity small that can be taken with me wherever I go without warning me. Did that make sense?
    Anyway, this is a gorgeous scarf and a perfect candidate for late summer knitting!
    Thank-you again for sharing. Your model is getting prettier with every photo shoot 😉

  • Michele says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful pattern! It’s that time of year when Christmas knitting begins for me, too. I can’t wait to work on this new pattern of yours!

  • Pamela Harrelson says:

    Love it! Will make a great Christmas gift.

  • Renee says:

    I’m looking forward to finishing my summer projects, so I can go back and finish last fall’s shawl!

  • kristen says:

    A lovely blanket, hopefully I can start it soon. 🙂

  • Lovely scarf! Thanks for sharing. I have already begun Christmas gift knitting! 30C outside, but I was too excited to wait … Your beautiful scarf, in that lovely wool, would make a great gift … Or I may just kerp it for myself 😉

  • It is still so hot here that I’m mainly working on dish cloths and small things, like socks. But I am so looking forward to warm snuggly things! Cowls & big fat scarfs, hats, a new sweater for my daughter. Fingerless gloves are another of my favorite fall transitional items!

  • Cheryl Bunker says:

    Very nice design. Thank you! I am looking forward to knitting a sweater for myself and my granddaughter

  • Frances says:

    so, so beautiful and elegant. 🙂

  • JoannaB says:

    With fall approaching, I tend to start knitting for the holidays! 4 grandbabies all need a new sweater or 2, grown children need hats and scarves, Papa needs a new sweater to wear to work. Fall is a busy time of year!

  • Doreen says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern. At the moment, I’m trying to concentrate on mittens for Christmas, so many different and wonderful patterns, it’s hard to choose.

  • Linda Newcomb says:

    I need to knit this scarf 3 times for Christmas presents plus finish kniting a shawl for me.

  • Diane L Urbanec says:

    Lovely pattern! I love knitting hats and mittens. I can start while it’s still too hot and humid to knit bigger projects and they are great to donate to different groups.

  • Laura C. says:

    Thank you for the beautiful scarf pattern–stunning! This time of year, I like to knit small things, because the weather is so hot. I’ll be knitting three winter hats for two one-year olds, and a 6 month old, and three additional hats for newborns, including a set of twins! That’s about the amount of yarn that I can manage during the super hot August days. After the Labor Day weekend, I’ll start bigger projects, when I can happily have a pool of WIP in my lap. Thanks again for the lovely scarf pattern. The giveaways are fun too! Thanks!

  • Robin (RsIslandCrafts) says:

    I am enjoying knitting hats right now.

  • Mandy Aitchison says:

    very inspirational – thank you – shawls, scarves and mitts are on the go here! 🙂

  • I would love to knit this for my girlfriend who is undergoing 3rd round of chemo.

  • I would love to knit this for my best friend who is currently undergoing her third round of chemo.

  • I LOVE THIS! It is beautiful!

  • Amy says:

    I love knitting cozy fall and winter things that I can wear this time of year. I do end up making lots of Christmas gifts, but never start soon enough and then it’s a mad dash to finish in time for the holidays 🙂

  • Laura Keizer says:

    Again such a lovely pattern! At the moment I’m very busy knitting up all the family’s christmas presents, so lots of scarfs, mittens, pillows and shawls are on the to-knit-list 🙂 This pattern might perhaps suit my sister or mother-in-law…

  • Susie says:

    Beautiful scarf—looks like a perfect present for my younger daughter! Already starting on gift knitting/crocheting: toys, fingerless gloves, socks, scarves, a baby blanket and maybe even a Christmas stocking.

  • Catrina says:

    I think it might be your beautiful scarf. It looks so fabulous 🙂

  • Erika L. says:

    This time of year, I love making socks, hats, and mitts to stay warm during cold weather.

  • This is when I start my Christmas gift knitting. This pattern is perfect for several people I know. I love your patterns and have Demelza’s Song on the needles as I write this. Thank you again for another beautiful pattern.

  • Kim Q says:

    I have a couple of things to finish and a growing list of Christmas gifts to knit. Thanks for the pretty pattern!

  • Noni Fidler says:

    love the cowl! It would be perfect for my daughter in law, who loves big and bulky…but…it fits my knitting mania for things knit with finer yarn. Busy on the sock list already…and looking at slippers.

  • Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m currently most looking forward to knitting some toe-up socks as a travel project, because it will mean I’m on vacation. Just three more weeks to go! Before then I will swatch, calculate when to insert a row of waste tar for afterthough heels, and work the toes so that the travel knitting will be simple.

  • laineyhf says:

    Lovely scarf, thank you! I’m looking forward to finishing up a shrug and a shawl for my older daughter, and a short sleeved cardigan for my younger one. Then, maybe, I can sit back and knit something for myself!

    • Kalurah says:

      I always seem to knit things for me LAST. *sigh* I think that’s every knitters plight. 😉

      • Cassandra Gore says:

        This would be perfect Christmas gifts. I love cowls and shawls. I really want to try to knit a sweater and socks. I am hoping to try both soon.

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