Pattern: Transverse Scarf by Miriam Felton from Twist & Knit [My Ravelry Project Page]
Yarn/needles: My own handspun yarn from a merino braid in “Blaze” colourway. Approx. chunky/bulky weight. 100g/110 m. 6 mm straight bamboo needles.
Dimensions: 18 cm/7 inches wide by 62 cm/24.5 inches long.
My yarn is rather overspun in places and so made for a rather dense scarf. However, I this this neck-warmer/cowl-length will be rather useful come Autumn.
The pattern lends itself rather nicely to any weight of yarn (you simply work multiples of the stitch pattern).
I opted to leave the scarf unblocked for the time being but I may change my mind!
Well, actually, they’re not. I had originally cast on with the lovely Rowan Calmer (thank you, eBay) for Blaze from Knitty.com. I loved the idea of a relatively simple garment but with wonderful cable-detail.
It turns out that twisting a cable every other row was driving me crazy!
So, I ripped back, went surfing and found this: Nothin’ But a Shirt from the ever-lovely Alison. I’m making modifications (obviously); longer sleeves, a v-neck, all one colour, using several sizes to get a perfect fit (and re-jigging the numbers as a result) and adding short row shaping at the bust. Oh, and I joined another knit along! I’ll let you know how I get on!
[M. st. = moss stitch a.k.a. seed stitch]
Here, I offer a nugget of advice: it pays to wash your swatch. Before: 20.5 sts = 4″. After: 19 sts = 4″ (dead-on gauge). I’m sure that every other knitter in the world knows this but until recently I thought blocking was something to do with carpentry!
Thanks to the wonder that is James Bond, I finished the left front of Brigitte and succeeded in working a three-needle cast off (or three-needle bind off, if you like!) – pictures to follow when I’ve done the right front and tamed the curling.
In sock-related news, I finished my mum’s Birthday socks on time (woo-hoo) and they look mighty snazzy.
Those are actually my mum’s feet – you are lucky, lucky people. She doesn’t have grey legs, those are just her “under-socks”.