This pattern is in response to the volume of emails I get every year asking for easy Civil War knitting patterns. Knitting was a popular pastime for women in the 1860s and many were anxious to make the soldiers items to keep them warm on the cold nights. This is a seriously simple scarf pattern "for a gentleman." I thought it would be a nice project for this weekend blizzard.
Cast on 36 stitches or a number divisible by 3. I used size 6 needles which are at the bigger end of what was typically used in knitting during the Civil War. Use a heavier DK weight wool like Swish DK from Knitpicks. 2-3 skiens of Swish should be enough. This stitch pattern takes up almost twice as much as a plain knitted scarf.
Row 1: *yo, sl 1, k2tog* Repeat ** until the end of the row.
Knit every row like the first row for about 4 feet. Bind off loosely. Add fringe if desired.
I ended up adding a simple knotted fringe but you could add a simple looped in fringe.