My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

A Tale of Two Scarves

When I finished my Zig-Zag Pullover, I thought it would be fun to knock out a couple of quickie projects. The first one is the Infinitude Scarf, designed by Jeni Chase. This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download.  I started mine on Friday night and completed it on Saturday night. Here is Gwendolyn modeling it:

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And here it is worn doubled:

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Doesn’t Gwendolyn look cozy and warm?

This is a very quick fun knit. I used some yarn that has been marinating in my stash for years:

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I purchased two skeins of this handpainted cormo wool/silk handpainted yarn at a past Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I haven’t attended MDS&W for years, so this yarn has been waiting patiently for me to use it for years.

I knit a swatch because I thought the yarn would be too fine for the pattern. The stated gauge is 3.25 stitches per inch. I was right — the yarn was too fine. So I knit with it held doubled and got gauge with no problem.

It’s a very easy pattern and fun to knit. Held double, I didn’t have enough yarn to knit the number of rounds specified in the pattern, so I simply bound off when I ran out of yarn. It turned out just fine since while my stitch gauge was spot on, my row gauge was way off — I got far fewer rows to the inch than the specified 7.5 rows/inch. So it ended up a very nice width. The pattern has two sizes — short and long. I made the short scarf, which is plenty big enough to double up as a cowl.

The Second Scarf

Last month I noticed the pattern for Wingspan (by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs) on Ravelry. This is another free download, I’m happy to say. I ordered yarn from The Loopy Ewe specifically to make it: Zauberball Starke 6 (from The Loopy Ewe) in colorway #2081. Here is what it looked like yesterday morning:

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I am using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle to get a nice firm garter stitch. The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, but offers adjustments for DK weight and worsted weight. I am knitting this with the DK weight adjustments.

This is an extraordinarily fun and easy knit. And perfect for a yarn with long color repeats. The pattern is very well-written and easy to follow and is very easy to memorize. There are many short rows and I found early on that I did not need the “traveling stitch marker” you are directed to use to help you keep track of your short rows.

The pattern shows the scarf with 8 points but it is very easy to adjust the size — you just keep going. I am currently on my 12th point and will continue on as lobng as my ball of yarn holds out. There are some long edge rows you have to knit at the end, so I need to be sure to have enough yarn left for those.

I brought it to work today to work on during my commute. It sat on my desk during the day, curled up, looking pretty. icon smile A Tale of Two Scarves

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Lucy spends a good part of every day curled up looking pretty.

Comments

  1. Love all of them, that cormo is really beautiful. Doesn’t it feel good to use up the ancient stash, especially with such a pretty end result!

  2. Those are both really pretty scarves – I’ll have to add them to my ravelry favorites. And I love the colors too.

  3. I think you should knit something green for a change ;)

  4. I am on point six of my Wingspan….what a fun and easy knit. I’m using Liberty Wool – the color runs aren’t nearly as long, but I couldn’t find any Zauberball at any of the yarn stores near me and I Just HAD TO KNIT IT NOW…..you know what I mean??

  5. Very nice! I really like the pattern of the second one.

  6. Oh, that Wingspan looks fun!
    Sheri at The Loopy Ewe´s last blog post ..Three Irish Girls, Rowan, Frogtree, and More!

  7. anne marie in philly says:

    and…DOWNLOADED! both patterns!

    I have some wonderful hand-dyed yarns in my stash from blackbunny, cabincove, and lizardsmells (all rav members); they would look great knit up with either of these designs!

    schnorgles to lucy! :-)

  8. Where’s my Lucy picture?

  9. I am doing my second Wingspan – this time with a blue Zauberball (don’t remember the color number) and love it … my first one was with a hand dyed fingering weight that I had in my stash from long ago. While I love it, I love the Zauberball one better. Good thing this one is mine (my sister just HAD to have the first one since it was mostly purple!)

  10. I am with Carol “with no e” !! Where is our Lucy girl? I enjoy seeing her antics :)
    My fav colour is green so I really enjoy seeing your “green” lovelies! It just amazes me how fast you knit! It took me 3 days to do one sock. LOL …
    Pretty pretty shawl/cowl.. and don’t ya just luv the free Ravelry downloads?? :D

    Carole “with an e”

  11. Very nice. I like the points. It makes for an interestingly different shape.
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  12. Both the scarves are great and isn’t it wonderful to use some of the older stash. I love it when that happens.

  13. Love both scarves but especially the 2nd one! Nice!

  14. Nice scarves! I will try both soon patterns. Thanks!

  15. New to your blog and love the pointed scarf. And have a cat that looks like yours but she doesn’t have a knitted beg. I’ll have to fix that too.

  16. Great scarves, I would think using up leftovers would be put to good use here.

  17. Susan Shelly says:

    Love the “Wingspan”! I have been wanting to try that too. Need to get a couple of UFO’s done and then I am casting on;O))

  18. such pretty scarves and the yarn choices are perfect too.
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  19. Oooooo lovely scarf patterns and great colour choices, I especially love the yarn from The Loopy Ewe, that is definitely going on my to purchase list, thanks for passing the links on, I love Ravelry !

  20. That foxhill farm yarn looks absolutely gorgeous on my monitor – just a lovely, almost tealish green. Thanks for the heads-up on the patterns. I’ll add them to my queue.

  21. I got a ball of Zauberball Crazy Socks (I think) in Tropical Fish and immediately identified Wingspan as the pattern that would take best advantage of such a colorway.

    Dare I say it, great minds think alike?
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  22. THANK YOU! (for sharing the Infinitude Scarf pattern!) :)

  23. I love the first scarf I definitley will be queueing that one. The second one i had already queued because I thought it was really cool. I get to the eventually:)
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