To be more accurate, it actually has been done for a while. It was picking out the buttons that took the longest. After I spun the yarn, I had a hank of plush faux cashmere that would stripe beautifully if paired with the right pattern. And so the Calavera Scarflet came to be.
Skill Level: Easy
Measurements: 5½” wide, 23” long
Yarn: Handspun Faux Cashmere, fiber from KnittinK (Etsy), Alan Scott aka Green Lantern colorway, 4 oz, approx 100 yards.
Yummy commercial alternative: Ariosa by Classic Elite Yarns (use doubled, 2 skeins, approx 87 yards each)
Needles: One pair US 10½ (6.5 mm)
Buttons: Two 1¼” buttons, mine are from Happy Silence (Etsy)
GAUGE: 19 sts = 5½” in pattern.
Using long tail cast on, cast on 19 stitches. Knit one row. Begin seed and stockinette pattern:
Row 1: K2, [p1, k1] twice, p1, k5, [p1, k1] twice, p1, k2.
Row 2: P2, [p1, k1] twice, p6, [p1, k1] twice, p3.
Row 3: repeat Row 1.
Row 4: repeat Row 2.
Row 5: repeat Row 1.
Row 6: P7, [k1, p1] twice, k1, p7.
Row 7: K7, [k1, p1] twice, k8.
Row 8: repeat Row 6.
Row 9: repeat Row 7.
Row 10: repeat Row 6.
Repeat rows 1 – 10 until piece measures 20” (or approx 3” shorter than you want the finished scarflet to be). Work rows 1 – 6 of seed and stockinette pattern once more. Buttonhole row 1: K2, bind off 3 sts, k2, [k1, p1] twice, k3, bind off 3 sts, k2. Buttonhole row 2: P2, cast on 3 stitches using backward loop cast on method, p2, [k1, p1] twice, p3, cast on 3 stitches, p2. Work rows 9 and 10 once then rows 1 – 5 of pattern once more. Knit one row. Bind off all stitches.
Sew on buttons underneath button holes, weave in ends and block piece to desired measurements.
I didn't worry about making a PDF for Ravelry, but the design is listed so queue away :). I chose Ariosa as a good alternative (when used doubled) because it has the same super-soft, squishy feel as my handspun. With Ariosa's loose ply, it almost has a handspun look when knit up doubled: