Monday, June 23, 2008

Scarf for Paul

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May 24, 2008


June 20, 2008


Handspun Kid Shetland from Unique Designs by Kathy

1 skeins = 160.0 yards (146.3m)


Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends in Colorway 16040/Grey

4 skeins = 412.0 yards (376.7m)


US 4 / 3.5 mm for the handspun

US 8 / 5.0 mm for Bernat

I wanted a super simple project to knit at a Memorial Day weekend BBQ.

I really wanted something that would feature the yarn I bought at Unique Designs by Kathy. But I knew it wasn’t enough to make a scarf for my husband. And he liked the yarn.

So I decided to make a scarf for him by adding another yarn.

I figured the handspun would really be best featured by something simple. I decided to just go with garter stitch. Super simple for knitting at the bbq.

I cast on 80 stitches on the size 4 needles. However, after a couple rows it was turning out 12" wide. My husband’s ideal scarf width it 8-9". So I ripped it out and cast on 60. That gave me around 9" which was ideal.

When I added the Bernat Cashmere Blend, I knit one, then knit 2 together. This way I decreased to 40 stitch to get it around the same width. It isn’t perfect but I think I can block it and they should look pretty even.

I did a basketweave stitch pattern for the body of the scarf. I handed Paul my first scarf which is a sampler scarf and told him to pick the pattern he liked. I find the basketweave is very simple. I did k4, p4 for 5 rows & then p4, k4 for 5. That way it seems to come out roughly square.

It turned out to be a bit over 70" which is the ideal length for Paul. It is long enough to wrap around twice. It is also long enough so he can fold it in half and loop it though itself which is also how he likes to wear it. He seems very happy with it.

Definitely a pleasure to knit and very simple.

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