Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Frosting

IMG_0920I bought this luscious yarn at Knitters’ Day Out back in September, and I’ve left it sitting out because I wanted to knit with it sooner rather than later. This week, I got the urge.

IMG_1903This is a 3-ply yarn in a heavy worsted/aran weight. The fiber content is 60% alpaca / 20% merino / 20% honey silk, and it’s from Rusty Rocks Farm in nearby Dover, PA. It’s a beautiful charcoal gray (darker than the photo above makes it look) with flecks of silver throughout.

This yarn is very soft, and I knew I wanted to make something to go around my neck. I had 300 yards and I wanted to use it all. After looking at a number of patterns, I settled on Frosting – a free cowl / loop scarf pattern that is mostly stockinette, with a few cable twists thrown in.IMG_0916Part of why I picked this pattern is that it isn’t knit in the round – it begins with 38 st provisionally cast on and is grafted at the end. I thought this would allow me to use as much of the yarn as possible. And it worked! I was left with only 50” of yarn after grafting and weaving in ends.

My provisional CO worked much better this time than it did with my recent hat. First, I used a larger crochet hook and kept the crochet chain loose. Second, I made sure that the first row was stockinette. I actually recommend working more than 2 rows in st st before starting the cable twists (try, say, 4).IMG_0921 Because the fabric is mostly stockinette, it wants to roll – but this works to hide the WS of the fabric. It almost looks like a tube. Here, I’ve weighed down part of the scarf so you can see how wide it is flat, before it rolls:IMG_0923 This was a super quick and satisfying project.

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Next up, some boys have been clamoring for new slippers. No problem – I can make those out of stash!

3 comments:

Steven said...

When I saw the title "Frosting," I assumed it would be bout hair. Cuz I grew up in the 70s, yo. But this was way better. I like how you're embracing the gray with this project.

Janelle Wertzberger said...

Oh, my hair still gets frosted. We just call it "highlighting" now!

Sharon said...

And that door color is amazing ; )