Yes indeed, my first knitting FO in I don’t know how long. Ages. I wanted to get back to knitting, and I have a stash of great yarn and half a dozen WIPs (works in progress). This scarf hasn’t been in the pile for that long, and it was mostly done, so it was a good way to get back on the wagon.
When I was in England on holiday last summer I went to a small yarn store and picked up some not-exactly-local yarn. We were in Cambridge and the yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners. I’d never knitted with Blue Faced Leicester, so I picked up a couple of DK-weight skeins in brown.
Two skeins gave me 450+ yards, so I figured I could make a small-to-medium sized scarf from them. I wanted a pattern that had just enough variation to keep me occupied without requiring me to count and use a ton of stitch markers, and I’d been stockpiling asymmetric styles. After falling down the Ravelry hole for a while, I landed on Groovy, which is a very flexible pattern and can accommodate a lot of yarn weights and sizes.
The pattern is quite simple, with alternating panels of knit and purl. You increase every row and cast off a few stitches every 10 rows. I had less yarn than called for, so I knew I would wind up with a smaller scarf, but I used a slightly larger needle (which I often do to get a fabric with more drape) and wound up with 10 repeats of the pattern.
Behold the unblocked version:
That little blob above the scar is the amount of yarn I had left over. Not bad! I liked the ripples a lot, but the ends were too curled in on themselves and I wanted the scarf to be bigger (this is almost handkerchief-scarf sized). So I blocked it with my handy blocking wires, leaving the edge with the castoffs free:
It’s not as asymmetrical as I thought it would be, but I like it a lot. The wool is softer after being wet-blocked (I used a tiny bit of very gentle shampoo in the water), and I think it will be a great scarf to tuck into the neckline of jackets and heavier sweaters. The color isn’t quite accurate in the photo; it’s a lovely medium brown with a slightly grey tone (it’s undyed BFL).
Now on to the next WIP!
Pretty! And congrats for finishing. I know what it’s like to be stuck in the midst of several projects. Getting into the habit of finishing feels good.
Thank you! Once you spiral down the world of never-finishing, it really is hard to get out. But I’ve got a foothold now. 🙂
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Oh, that’s lovely!
Thank you! It was quite easy, which was just what I needed. I’d finished about half of it and then put it aside for a few months, and of course I couldn’t find the sheet with my minor modifications. But I eventually puzzled them out and kept going.
Let us know when you decide on a pattern for your Christmas yarn. That looks gorgeous. I have two sweaters in progress, I can join you for a knitalong. 🙂