My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

An Easy Scarf

Here’s a Mistake Rib Scarf I finished last night.

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And here’s an accurate depiction of the color:

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This is knit from 2 skeins of Classic Elite Indulge. I purchased mine from Little Knits — it is a discontinued yarn and was on sale!

The yarn is 100% cashmere, 55 yards per 50 gram skein. The stated gauge is 2.75 stitches to an inch on U.S. size 13 needles. I started knitting this scarf on size 13 needles but thought it was way too loose. I switched to size 10.5, and am much happier with the results.

The pattern:

Cast on 19 stitches.

Row 1: (k2, p2) to last 3 stitches, k3.

Repeat Row 1 until scarf is desired length. Couldn’t be easier.

My scarf is, after blocking, 47 inches long. All I did to block it was to gently steam-press it.

Sock Madness!

Have you heard about Sock Madness? It’s a tournament style sock knitting event that will begin in March 2007, but they are seeking sock designs now. If you are a sock designer or a sock designer wanna-be, check out the Sock Madness blog.

Lucy sez:

lucy110106 An Easy Scarf

Why, yes, I AM lying on hand-knitted socks. What of it?

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Comments

  1. I like the scarf – with the right yarn this might be a good pattern for the Red Scarf Project. Thanks!

    Also it looks to me like you have already turned some of that recent sock yarn into socks. I love all the colors.

  2. Wow!
    Sock madness sounds like fun. Now that I have successfully finished a pair of toe-ups (from your pattern no less) I am ready to start.
    I have done top down socks before, but I absolutely love the way you do your toe up socks. I’m hooked!
    Hope Lucy had a goood time trick or treating…I really like what she got from The Great Pumpkin!
    She’s so spoiled..but she’s worth it.

  3. Wow!
    Sock madness sounds like fun. Now that I have successfully finished a pair of toe-ups (from your pattern no less) I am ready to start.
    I have done top down socks before, but I absolutely love the way you do your toe up socks. I’m hooked!
    Hope Lucy had a goood time trick or treating…I really like what she got from The Great Pumpkin!
    She’s so spoiled..but she’s worth it.

  4. Wow!
    Sock madness sounds like fun. Now that I have successfully finished a pair of toe-ups (from your pattern no less) I am ready to start.
    I have done top down socks before, but I absolutely love the way you do your toe up socks. I’m hooked!
    Hope Lucy had a goood time trick or treating…I really like what she got from The Great Pumpkin!
    She’s so spoiled..but she’s worth it.

  5. Lucy looks particularly fetching in todays photos. Is it because she just IS fetching, or could it be the beautiful pairs of socks that she is posing next to? :-)

  6. Lucy has the exact same look Sam had when I caught him on the lining for Girly’s Halloween bag.

    Sock Madness sounds interesting. If only I could manage to finish a pair of socks.

  7. Was that the Lucy colorway socks? They match so well! I’m not even near ready for sock madness, but I’ll definitely be a spectator! And thank you for a scarf idea!

  8. Ah yes, the Classic Elite Indulge. Previously known as Trendsetter Yarns “Delight” 100grams/ 132 yards of yum. And also sadly discontinued.

    As for the sock madness- some of us are going to need some sort of a knitting handicap system in order to knit against you!

  9. Lucy does a great job of “blocking” your socks. Where can I get a copy of your toe-up pattern? I have one but don’t understand it. I have done top down for 2 years and am trying to expand my horizons.

  10. Except for the bit of orange, the feather and fan socks Lucy is resting on look like her colorway too! :)

  11. Good Lord! Did you finish the Lucy in the Sky with Tangerines socks already? That’s some fast knitting!

  12. OMG I love her expression, with the sock pillow. Priceless!

  13. The socks in fact sought out Lucy because she is so soft. There she was, minding her own business when up crept a handful of hand knit socks, one at a time, slithering under her silky fur as she rested one cool autumn morning. Tis the socks who owe an explanation, not the cat.

    ~firefly

  14. Can’t beat a handknitted CASHMERE scarf for less than $60.00.

    W :)

  15. Wow, love the scarf along with the color and texture. Oddly enough, I just cast on yesterday-a mistake rib scarf in Manos de Uruguay. Hope mine comes out as yummy as yours. I thought it would be a good pattern for the Red Scarf project also.

  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mistake Rib!! I just made some fingerless gloves this weekend that have this as the ribbing. First time I’d done it. And I loved it so much I’m now making a hat for my baby boy with the leftover yarn all in mistake rib.

    BTW, would you happen to know what would be the best way to do the crown decreases in this rib?

  17. Lucy is the best as a model. She looked more enthused about the yarn on Halloween than the pumpkins but maybe I missed something in her look. I hope that you ate the Elvis Sandwich in your travels (but after you were done shopping), it is a bit much. The scarf is great. I have about 6 UFO’s waiting because of the holidays then I get to do something for me again.

  18. That scarf looks lovely! I have some sock weight cashmere on it’s way to make me a scarf for the winter – I may just use that stitch pattern for it – it is handpainted in greens and blues and greys. Sock madness sounds like fun – I have offered my services to design a sock – it will give me the excuse I need to actually get some of the sock designs that are swirling around my head on the needles :-)

  19. I’m currently knitting up a whole load of scarves this year for charity, specifically for a shelter for abused women and children. I’ll definitely add a mistake rib scarf to the mix. Thanks for the idea and the pattern!

  20. All the cool cats lay on knitting.

  21. Lucy always shows good taste!

  22. Lucy looks adorable!!!! She is still waiting for more socks to line her bed, plus a few to snuggle under since they are predicting a colder winter.

  23. Did you see the review on those dpns that come in a cute tin over at Knitter’s Review? She usually writes really positive and upbeat reviews about everything, it’s hard to find her saying something negative about a product. But those dpns splintered on her right away and this seems to be a common complaint. But most outrageous of all, Blue Sky is telling their customers the dpns should only be expected to last for 3-5 projects! How can they be serious, when the dpns cost almost 30 bucks?

    A lot of wendyknits fans probably bought the dpns and I think they should know about this 3-5 project life expectancy. Maybe they can cancel their orders before they are shipped. Or, as the KR review says, “consider yourself the proud owner of a lovely $28.50 needle tin.”

    I put a link to the review in the URL field of this comment.

  24. Gorgeous scarf. Looks like Lucy.

  25. Ann in CT says:

    I like the top picture of Lucy looking over her shoulder.
    The Step socks for my DH are coming along nicely, but they are reminding me of your Blue Zit socks!
    I have a scarf question. I made DH a cabled scarf out of Misti Alpaca Chunky last year. He wore it every day (all day it turns out) but complained about it rolling/folding in half. Any suggestions for a pattern stitch that will lay flat (aside from garter or seed!)?
    Thanks.

  26. Hmmm…where might your new avatar be? ;-)

  27. Hee hee, I recognize those socks. ;-)

  28. Was loving the Little Knits site you linked to, eagerly plotting my purchase, when I realized it’s one of those places that won’t tell you the shipping up front. Sheesh. Forget that. I’m giving up my personal information just to find out the real cost of my order — give me a break!

    They had new business because of you, and blew it with bad site design. What a waste.

  29. Many, many thanks Wendy! It looks like Sock Madness is off to a great start and we thank you for it.

  30. what yarn did you use in the bottom socks pic (brown and tan stripes)? Looks really nice!