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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Swiss Cheese and More

On Saturday evening I finished my Swiss Cheese scarf.

This is the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Winnie Shih, a free Ravelry download. I knit mine using Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 in the EQ colorway on a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle.

As I was getting towards the end of my skein of yarn, I kept weighing it so I could knit as much as possible before binding off. Each pattern repeat took me a bit over 5 grams of yarn and I finished with 4 grams left over.

The scarf measures 60″ long and 11″ wide. I did not do the full width as directed by the pattern, but knit mine to 74 stitches wide. The scarf weighs 110 grams and consists of 23 pattern repeats.

Interestingly, this skein was marked as weighing 140 grams. It actually weighed about 115 grams. I’ve noticed this with Kauni and Aade Lõng — they always seem to be underweight. I wonder if something happens in shipping to dehydrate the yarn or something. (ETA: I bought this yarn quite a while ago — don’t remember where. I recently ordered some more Kauni from The Loopy Ewe and have learned that they weigh all their Kauni and sell it by its actual weight. I can attest to this — the Kauni I ordered from them came in at or over the stated weight. So no fears there!)

Thank you for all the pattern suggestions for what to knit next. I did not take any of your suggestions (but favorited a lot of them in Ravelry for future reference), rather, I started knitting this:

This is the Zuni Shawl by Danielle Chalson. It is designed to be knit from approximately 360 yards of sportweight yarn (Madelinetosh Pashmina is suggested) on a U.S. size 5 needle. The finished dimensions of the shawl are 46.5″ along the top edge and 13.5″ down the center back.

I am using  Aade Lõng Artistic 8/2 wool, which is the same thing as Kauni Effektgarn 8/2. I can’t remember if it is actually the same yarn or just very similar. It’s listed as fingering weight in Ravelry (accurately, I think) and has 437 yards per 100 grams. interestingly, Kauni Effektgarn 8/2 is listed in Ravelry as sportweight, but it sure seems like fingering weight to me.

I have a 160-gram skein (which, incidentally was marked 172 grams on the label), so I have around 700 yards. The colorway ranges from plum to raspberry pink. There is no colorway name or number on the label. I am using a U.S. size 3 (3.25mm) needle, as I did with the Kauni for Swiss Cheese.

The pattern is easily adjustable so I am knitting more sections on each side of the shawl to make it bigger. It is quite simple to knit but kept from being boring by the interesting texture at the bottom edge.

Here is a bonus pic of Gwendolyn wearing Wingspan:

And in closing, I wonder where Lucy is?



  1. As a dyer, sadly I have learned that for me weight means nothing because it is all dependent on humidity and time of year. A skein that weighs in a 89 grams on my scale in Chicago in the middle of January can definitely weigh over 100 grams on the same scale in Chicago in of July.

  2. Lynne S. says:

    I’m often at odds with the way yarns are categorized by name – to me, many yarns called DK weight in patterns and online descriptions are worsted weight, sometimes not even light worsted. Maybe that’s just me.

  3. Lucy is with the Beka yarn swift. I <3 my Beka yarn swift!

  4. anne marie in philly says:

    lucy is a climber, I see!

    my late sydney used to jump from floor to kitchen counter to top of fridge to top of kitchen cabinets. then watch me look for him, wondering if he escaped outside. naughty kitty to make me worry so!

  5. I really like the swiss cheese and the other scarves you’ve made. Yarn is pretty too.

  6. Wow, all are so pretty!
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  7. My husband was reading your blog over my shoulder and said, ‘That’s not a shawl, that’s a stealth bomber.”

    but I think it’s a lovely shawl too.

  8. I have found that Noro yarns are not always the weight indicated on the ball band. My first pair of toe up socks came from Silk Garden Sock that was clearly not going to make it through the textured cuff down design I had chosen. When I weighed the ball plus partial sock, it was only 85 g, so I ripped and reknit toe up (stopping the cuff of sock 1 at around 42 g).

    I had a similar issue with two balls of Noro King (a short-lived lace weight) knit into a shawlette last fall. I carefully did my math to make sure I would have a bit left over after doing a lace edging castoff. I ended up 5″ short on my edging. Luckily I found another ball in the same dyelot to finish the edging.
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  9. I’m knitting a scarf with that same Kauni colorway right now. I love the rainbow so much and that looks like a great pattern for it.
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  10. How did Lucy get up there? That is quite a jump.
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  11. What a fun scarf. Did you knit the cheese’s holes as written?
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  12. The Swiss Cheese looks like it would be a lot of fun to wear. Maybe it needs to be in my queue!
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  13. Ceiling cat!

  14. Love the Zuni shawl. Will have to add this one to the queue.
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  15. Midnite Baker says:

    Love your scarf and the yarn colors for your new shawl. But, must ask, how in the heck did Lucy get up there? And, how is she going to get down? I had 2 sisters (Siamese) from the same litter back in the 1970’s that were very agile. It was nothing for them to jump from the floor to the top of my chest on chest 7 ft. drawer, but they jumped onto the bed when they got down. They were very good acrobats. Happy Knitting. M

  16. I really like your swiss cheese
    and yes, Kauni Effectgarn and Aade Artistic are made in the same factory: Estonia, Raasiku and it is the same. Sometime Aade has lower quality.

  17. I love Lucy!
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  18. I like Zuni a lot. I confess to not being a huge lace fan (mostly because I hate the blocking – and yes, I have wires) but Zuni has enough going on for it to still be very interesting.

    I see you also have a Beka swift to go with your cat (lol) and I like where you have them both stored! (One of our previous generation of cats used to jump to the kitchen counter -> top of fridge -> across doorway to top of kitchen cabinets -> across window opening to top of other cabinets -> and somehow climb up this sort of trellis structure to sit in the windows at the second story level in our sunspace.) I got mine (swift, not cat) after a particularly aggravating experience with my umbrella swift and a beautiful skein of Handmaiden (?), which I’m still fussing with.

    Our current cat is a PITA when it comes to yarn. He’s a kitten (now a very LARGE kitten) we got because our daughter, now 17, grew up with cats all older than she is, and she kept asking for a kitten. His predecessor was a 17+ year old female, who didn’t quite make it long enough to meet him, though we thought she would, and she was entirely uninterested in yarn. Of course daughter will leave for college next fall…

  19. I’m blocking my first lace this week and at least I’m not all nerves like I was starting a lace project. I can’t wait to see how this grows and opens up.
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  20. Beautiful scarf! I am using the same yarn for the swiss cheese scarf and loving it, its so fun!

  21. Gwendolyn looks lovely in Wingspan. And she looks delightful in Zig-Zag. I’m just not so sure of how she looks in Wingspan and Zig-Zag together. Perhaps she needs a new sweater as a backdrop to Wingspan? Or a different accessory to coordinate with Zig-Zag?

    Have fun knitting your Zuni Shawl!
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  22. Charrmagn says:

    The wingspan is definitely awesome! I was really hoping I can make it my own…
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  23. Absolutely love your swiss cheese scarf and the new project, absolutely adore Wingspan, that one is definitely going to barge its way to the the top of the to-do list or maybe I’ll have a go at the swiss cheese scarf first hmmmmmm decisions decisions.

    Is Lucy on top of a wardrobe or something?

  24. Jane M. says:

    I have had my eye on this. It will be my next project!

  25. And all along I thought swiss cheese was only for eating! 🙂 Nice scarf. I’m gonna give a shot at making one.
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  26. Your swiss cheese scarf is fabulous! I have one in my UFO bin languishing but you’re inspiring me to go dig it out and finish it.
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