Thursday, February 11, 2016

Clipper Scarf - Hand Knit FREE Pattern

I was digging around in my gigantic button box the other day, swishing my hand around in it and looking for an interesting button when suddenly I spot a vintage suspender clip.  Yep, the same kind of clip my great grandfather "Papa" had on his suspenders and the same kind you'd find on today's suspenders.  Anyway, I was thinking of some way to use it on a knit project.  I decided it would be a great clip for a scarf.  I've never been a scarf pin kind of person but this is a similar idea.  I decided on a shorter scarf, gathered at one end with a clip sewn into the gather.  The clip I had was old, the metal veneer was worn and scratched a bit, so I decided it might look kind of nifty if I found an interesting button and glued it on to the clip.  I used hot glue and it seems pretty secure.  Viola!!





16 sts = 4" in Pattern stitch (rows 1 & 2 below)

Tools & Materials

Knitting Needles size 10 1/2 (6.5mm)
Worsted weight yarn, approx. 300 yards
1 Suspender (Mitten, pacifier) clip
Glue gun
Darning needle


Cast on 50 Stitches (I prefer long tail cast on).
1. p1, k1, Rep across.
2. Knit
3. Repeat rows 1& 2 until you have approx. 42".

4. After the last row, instead of binding off, I cut yarn leaving a long tail, threaded the tail through a darning needle and thread the needle through each stitch on the needle - remove from needles and gather tightly.  Once gathered I placed my suspender clip, centered in the gather and sandwiched between 2 sides of the gather, and proceeded to stitch the gather shut and the clip between.

Now for the fun part - choose a button that coordinates with your yarn and hot glue it to the suspender clip (top).  My button had a metal shank on the underside, I snipped off with wire cutters to make the underside flat and glue on easier.

Now your button will become the top of the clip.
Clip onto the side of the scarf anywhere you like that looks good to you and wear.


You don't have to do the stitch pattern above, it can be any stitch you like, Garter stitch would be quite nice as well, just make it 13" x 42".    You could do just straight stockinette, however I'm afraid you'll have your edges do the dreaded roll unless you block the heck out of it.

Where to find these clips:

These are actually pretty easy to find.  I believe JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc will have these, perhaps even Walmart.  If they aren't called suspender clips they may be called mitten clips, pacifier clips or something else.  There are also tons of them on Ebay on any given day.  They are usually $1 or $2 a piece.

If you are a machine knitter see here is my machine-knit version:

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