I’ve been working on a non-public project for the last week, so there has not been a lot of knitting progress I can show you.
But I finished this project late last week so I needed something new to work on. One thing I’ve been in the market for is a hooded scarf. Leaving for work in the wee hours while hair is wet, or even slightly damp after blow-drying makes for a chilly start to the day. A hooded scarf would keep the head and neck warm without causing hat-head.
I did a search for a pattern on Ravelry and bought one that incorporated some nice cablework. I started it but quickly discovered that the pattern had a lot of problems. For starters, the gauge required did not correlate with the finished size unless one were planning on stretching the crap out of the scarf during blocking — not a good idea for a cabled design. And the numbers in the pattern were simply wrong. I fiddled with it for a while but couldn’t make anything that satisfied me, so abandoned it entirely.
I decided to go for a simple stitch pattern, knitting straight. When done, I’ll fold the scarf in half and sew up the back for 10″ or so in the middle to make the hood.
Here is my scarf in progress:
It’s all neatly rolled up.
This is The Fibre Company’s Tundra bulky yarn, in the “Tamarack” colorway. It’s a lovely blend of alpaca, merino wool, and silk.
Here’s my scarf pattern:
With a U.S. size 9 needle, cast on 45 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Knit 1, purl 1 across, end knit 1.
Repeat these 2 rows until you run out of yarn.
I have 5 skeins of yarn, and estimate with my gauge of 4 stitches and 5 rows to the inch, I’ll have a finished scarf that is approximately 11″ across and 75 – 80″ long — good and long so that I can sew up the center for the hood and still have nice long ends to wrap around my neck.
I may or may not add fringe to the ends. I’ll see how I feel about it when I get close to the end.
This past week was my cute little Mini Cooper’s birthday — I’ve had him for a year now. We celebrated with a trip to the dealership for annual maintenance and a car wash. And as of yesterday, this was his odometer reading:
Here is Lucy watching her favorite tv show on Animal Planet: Cats 101.