Taking a number of flights over a few weeks’ time, I was glad to have this very easy shawl to bring with me. I am easily entertained by color, so using some lovely variegated Madelinetosh Twist Light made the knitting fun. A small project like this is just right for air travel. The pattern is all garter stitch and eyelets, so it was also just right to work on while knitting in a group of friends – our joyous laughter didn’t cause me to lose my place.
While I have enough shawls to last a lifetime, I still enjoy making new ones. This will be just right for cool days when I want a bit of warmth around my neck and a little splash of color.
I wanted to make a bigger shawl than the pattern’s finished dimensions so I added extra rows to some of the sections and used about half an additional skein.
When I see some luscious variegated yarn, I love to make the Linen Stitch scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues . One side ends up with a woven texture and the other bumpy, with tiny pops of color. Either side is pretty, no matter how the scarf is worn.
One of my favorite yarns to use with this pattern is Malabrigo Rios, this time in the Diana colorway. Like many hand-dyed yarns, different skeins of the same color can be vastly different. Here are the two balls of the Diana colorway that I used. You can see that one is predominantly green, while the other is predominantly red.
There are a couple of ways to handle the different colors. One is to carry both colors up the length of the scarf, alternating balls of yarn every two rows. That gives a homogeneous blend. For this scarf, though, I wanted each color to shine so I alternated balls about every 3″, giving a subtle striped effect.
Sure there were a bunch of tails to weave in, but it was easy to run them down the edge and was well worth the effort.
Rios is a great choice for scarves since it’s soft.
This scarf measures 7.5″ x 60″ and used two full skeins. I used US #10 needles, which gave a nice drape.
“Shading” Version for Fall
I recently participated in a KAL where the challenge was to use multiple colors of yarn to created a “fade” effect. I immediately thought of my pattern “Shading” from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Juniper Moon’s luscious alpaca yarn, Herriot was incredibly soft and nice to work with!
I used 8 different shades to “fade” from deep red to a subtle dark green. I’ll have plenty left over to make mittens and a hat. You can see the color progression here:
The garter stitch pattern paired with the lofty baby alpaca yarn makes for a very warm and inviting scarf. I love how soft it is around my neck!
The scarf is work lengthwise, with the yarn cut at the end of each row to use to make fringe. I cut the fringe to 7″ lengths – it looks balanced with the rest of the scarf.
What I rediscovered making this reversible scarf is that it is so versatile! It would be easy to make this for any season, using thicker or thinner yarn depending on the weather. It’s fun to choose colors that will blend the way you like and to adjust the number of rows you knit to create just the right width.
I loved, loved, loved making this colorful Sugar Pop wrap from SweetGeorgia Yarns. Designer Lisa K. Ross combined a slip stitch pattern, a yarnover pattern and a lace pattern to form jaunty diagonal stripes against a bias-knit background. The design was perfect for taking on vacation – the knitting was easy enough to work on airplanes and outside under a canopy of trees, while also keeping my interest with fun colors and textures.
I couldn’t help but have fun with the colors of Tough Love Sock yarn that Sugar Pop uses. A set of five mini-skeins in the “Jellybean” colorway pops off the neutral “Birch” background. The design makes use of a garter background, with slip-stitch and yarnover stripes framing a section of lace. FWIW, I used a US #6 needle for most of the project, but #5 for the lace section. That way when I blocked the wrap the lace pattern really opened up.
This is one of my shawl/wrap collection that I wear quite often. I may just make another in one of the other beautiful mini-skein sets!
While enjoying a Texas sunset I finished knitting another Farrand Cowl. I just love it when a project is color-coordinated with the sky!
I made this for my cousin who is suffering through another Ohio winter.
The pattern includes instructions for both a short and a long size. I made the long version so she can double it over. I hope it helps her neck stay warm!
I used Malabrigo Rios in the Sabiduria and Diana colorways. Rios is one of my favorite yarns – it’s a joy to knit with and the colors are amazing.