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:
And here it is worn doubled:
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:
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:
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.
Lucy spends a good part of every day curled up looking pretty.