Converting a scarf pattern for larger yarn?

Hello knitting friends!
I’m pretty new to this whole world-- I taught myself the basics through this super sweet site this past winter-- so I’ve run into a problem in that I have no other friends or acquaintances of whom I can ask questions!

I’m currently hoping to knit this “A Scarf Askew” for my boyfriend to keep him warm on his blistery winter Chicago commute to his downtown law school:

Unfortunately, I had already purchased Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn before I realized this pattern was created with a thinner yarn in mind. As I cast it on, I realized that my version of the scarf was going to be far too wide with the thicker yarn.
** Is there a way to convert the pattern down to fit my thick yarn? Or am I going to need to find another pattern? I really like the look of this one and it took me so long to find one I like, so I’m hoping this can be modified. Any words of knitting wisdom would be so very appreciated! Thank you!!

–Oh, and I’m using size 11 needles in case you need that info.–

Thanks, again!


Right now the (p1, k5) section is repeated 5 times. You can change that to be repeated fewer times.

As long as you have a multiple of 6 + 5, it should work. That is, 11, 17, 23, 29, 35. . . .

This pattern should convert nicely to larger/thicker yarn. I would also consider adding some kind of edging along each side - say, 4-5 stitches done in garter stitch - to keep the scarf from rolling into a long tube so much. If you look close at the photo, you can see this rolling-up.

It’s a pretty scarf. What you would do with fewer stitches [which is how I’d cope with your width concerns: fewer stitches and larger needles] is to not have so very many purl stitches in a row. Could be a tad tricky - perhaps something like a basket-weave would be less curly and lend itself to adapting for fewer stitches better. Say, K5 P5 for 5 rows, then P5 K5 for 5 rows. You might not even need the garter stitch edging in this case.


Oh, okay, I get it! Thank you, thank you! I didn’t realize it was that simple.

So the basket weave would be a whole different look, right? Like a checkered pattern?
Would that look okay on a dark men’s scarf?

Since I’m so new to the lingo, I have to ask, is a garter stitch edging just knitting one at the end of each row?
Hmm… Now I’m a little nervous about just reducing the number of stitches. I don’t want to give my sweetie a scarf that keeps folding on him. Do you think it will be a terrible problem?
Thank you so much for your help!! :slight_smile:

The Lionbrand website has several scarf patterns just for that yarn. 3 here & others on site
or some other stitches that may also be suitable.
similar to ‘Dorothy’s’ suggestion