The Rainbow Coat does not particularly lend itself to commuter knitting, so on Monday I cast on a more portable project for just that.
This is a simple lace scarf that I winkled together — nothing fancy. The extraordinary thing about this scarf is the yarn: Cormo wool.
I am a long-time fan of Cormo wool. What is Cormo? Check out the American Cormo Sheep Association website for more information on the breed.
My yarn came from Elsa Wool, a Cormo sheep ranch in Colorado. The wool that Elsa sells is frompurebred Cormo sheep, the descendants of the original Downie flock in Tasmania that was the start of the Cormo breed. Check out the website — you can purchased wool that is either woolen-spun or worsted-spun (you can read about the difference between the two on Elsa’s website) in 4 different weights (laceweight, fingering, sport, or worsted) in 4 different natural sheep colors (cream, light grey, medium grey, or dark grey). These shades of grey have a lot of brown in them, I think.
For my scarf, I chose woolen-spun fingering weight wool in light grey. A 4-0unce skein has 450 yards of sheepy goodness. The light grey is a lovely oatmeal color.
I have been thinking about how to describe why I love Cormo wool so much. It’s hard to put into words. It is soft and springy and minimally processed. It knits up like a dream. It is light and airy but at the same time has a substantial feel. You will either have to take my word for it or get some for yourself and try it out!
As I said, this is a very simple lace pattern, just repeats of a diagonal pattern separated with columns of fagoting. Because I want this to be as mindless as possible to knit (being commuter knitting and all), I have separated the repeats with stitch markers. Check out my nifty stitch markers!
Those are sterling silver rings from Kate at Spindlecat Studio. I’ve mentioned Kate’s knitting doodads in the past — she has all sorts of lovely handcrafted knitting notions. I love her stitch markers because they are very slender and do not interfere at all with the knitting.
Want to knit a scarf like this? You can use this pattern with any weight of yarn really. The pattern repeat is 8 stitches, so you can add or remove repeats to get the scarf width you want.
You need to cast on however many multiples of 8 that you want plus 14 stitches. My scarf has 9 pattern repeats, so I cast on 86 stitches: 8 x 9 + 14. I am using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle and my unblocked scarf is approximately 13″ wide.
Then follow the charts:
(ETA: An eagle-eyed friend let me know I’d left out the double decrease symbol in the key — I’ve uploaded a new version of both the graphic and the pdf on 10/25/12.)
(Click on the chart to enlarge it. You can download a pdf version of the chart here.)
Work the 6 rows of Chart A. This is seed stitch, and makes a nice neat bottom edge for your scarf.
Next, work Chart B. Work the first 9 stitches before the dotted line — this is 5 stitches of seed stitch plus the first column of fagoting. Then work the 8 stitches within the dotted lines as many times as you cast on for. For example, I am working these 8 stitches a total of 9 times. Then work the last 5 stitches, the seed stitch border for the left side.
Work all 8 rows of Chart B as many times as you want, until your scarf is almost as long as you want it to be, or until you are almost out of yarn. You just need enough yarn remaining to work Chart C, which is 6 rows of seed stitch that make up the top border. Bind off all stitches loosely in seed stitch and block your scarf. You are done!
My scarf will probably take quite a long time — I’m knitting a fairly wide scarf on small needles and plan to make it pretty long. And it is designated commuter knitting only. But this is definitely a “process” knit — the joy is in the knitting.
Lucy maintains that the joy is in the napping.