I might have a new knitting obsession. My long time obsession is hats. Fortunately, my sweetie loves wearing knit hats and none of my experiments go to waste. (If you’re interested in learning to design knit hats, there’s a class coming up and I’ll share my hat secrets with you!). My new obsession is scarves knit in the round as a tube and then seamed together. It’s easy knitting because it’s mostly stockinette and it grows quickly. It also has been giving me a chance to play with yarns in my stash and experiment with yarns that aren’t always easy to find projects for. There are two that I’m working on plus an idea I have for a third, and they’re all samples for the class “What Do I Do With This Yarn?”. Here are the lovelies and a little about each!
My newest creation began with a skein of bulky striping yarn that was so soft and cuddly that I had to have it. Looking in my stash to find a yarn to pair with it, I found some light pink yarn but it was worsted weight. I decided to use them together and hold the worsted weight yarn double so that the yarn weights match up. On top of all that I’m using a slightly bigger needle size than I normally would with bulky yarn so that I’m creating a slightly looser fabric that will drape a little.
For this green scarf, I found two yarns in my stash that were green and had different textures and tones so that there is some similarity and some contrast. The blue toned smooth yarn is a cotton alpaca blend and kind of slippery. The yellowish-green yarn is a fuzzy mohair yarn. To figure out an appealing stripe pattern, I used the Random Stripe Generator. I put in my two colors and kept refreshing the screen until it came up with some stripes I liked. After two repeats I realized that I wouldn’t have enough of the cotton blend yarn to do another repeat and have started a lace pattern with only the mohair. My plan is to keep going until I run out of yarn or it’s long enough to seam together into an infinity scarf that I can wrap around twice when I’m wearing it.
These three have been sitting on my coffee table for the past few days as I’ve been trying to decide what to do with them. I really like the three of them together and am enjoying the chevrons of the pink scarf. Maybe chevrons again but maybe some feather and fan or other ripples this time.
The “What Do I Do With This Yarn?” class will cover scarves like these plus a bunch of other ideas for how to stretch a specialty yarn with yarns from your stash and how to mix yarn textures and colors. The class is Wednesday, April 15th from 5pm until 7pm with a class fee of $30. Call (303.433.3762), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by to sign up!