Knitting for Me

I’ve always wanted to be the type of person who wears scarves like Rory in Gilmore girls. Not just because it’s winter, but also a stylish accessory. Despite this desire, I don’t actually own a single scarf and I decided that should change. Knitting a scarf may seem like a simple thing, but I actually find them to be some of the biggest projects to take on, second only to a blanket. They take FOREVER, they’re often boring so it’s easy to get side tracked, but I can’t deny that once they’re completed they’re beautiful. I made a cable scarf for my MIL a few years ago out of bulky yarn (a faster knit) so why I decided that my second scarf should be done in fingering, I’m not sure.

Pictured above is the scarf I have been working on for myself. It’s knit with Knitpicks chroma yarn which slowly changes colours as you go along. The end effect is beautiful, and it is keeping me interested because I love seeing the colours change. The pattern itself is incredibly simple:

  • Row 1: [knit, purl], repeat [] to end
  • Row 2: Slip first stitch purl wise with yarn in front, [knit, purl], repeat [] to end

That’s it. The end result is a beautiful ribbed pattern that makes a SUPER stretchy soft reversible scarf. No, mine isn’t perfect. When I was first starting the pattern I wasn’t convinced I was doing it properly and instead of frogging it back to the start I just carried on, and there’s a dropped stitch that I ignored for 9 rows that I had to pick up and carry through and fix – but the scarf is still beautiful (to me at least), and I can’t wait to finish it. I’m about 40% done knitting it so far. I heard some where that scarves should be as long as you are tall, so I’m aiming for this scarf to be at least five feet long. I imagine I’ll finish it some time in October which will give me plenty of time to get some good use out of it this winter.

That gives me time before Christmas to get some smaller projects done as gifts (more about that another time). I spend a lot of time knitting for other people, and it feels nice to be making something just for me.

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4 Comments

  1. Atheren

    The scarf is beautiful. I love the colors. I only crochet, and my first effort with a scarf is with the Caron Cakes yarn. The pattern seemed very simple, and I was briefly happy with how it was going. Then it began to twist upon itself and it was hard to hold, it was so twisty. I’ve let myself get discouraged by that, but will return to it when cooler weather comes. Maybe it will untwist as I go.

  2. I love the colors, and the plan to make something just for you. I tried crocheting myself a scarf twice. The first one I gave up on and the second one ended up as a gift despite my intentions. Maybe it is time to try again!

  3. stargrace

    @shai – it’s hard to see here, but it’s actually two balls of yarn, one in green (and the green changes colours from a bright green to a deep dark green), and then the purple / blue ball. The row changes are my doing, I swap colours every 2 rows (slipping the first stitch of the 2nd row is what makes it neat and tidy along the edges).

  4. It is pretty. Does the yarn make the alternating color vs grey rows automatically? I’ve always been a bit baffled by how this can be accomplished with such tidy-looking rows when the dyer has no idea what the yarn will actually be used for!

    I can appreciate the sentiment about making something for yourself. It’s been a while since I did any amigurumi (or anything else) for myself and now that I have all that new yarn I’m really getting the itch!

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