Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Scarf

There a couple of scarf patterns that have been on my "short list" for sometime now.  Two on that short list are Jared Flood's Noro Striped Scarf and the One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephen Pearl-McPhee.  Another one on my short list? The scarf with the famous *k2tog, yo* repeat & variation thereof.  The first time I came across this pattern was in Interweave Knits Summer 2007 - The Montego Bay Scarf by Amy R. Singer.  This scarf is so popular that another variation of it was recently published in Knit Simple Magazine Summer 2013 - #05 Diagonal Lace Scarf by Dorcas Lavery. 

This scarf has been on my short list for a couple of reasons.   One is that it's the type of scarf you could wear in the summer.  It's a rare thing in the knitting world to wear knitted items in the summer, at least if you live somewhere with a hot summer.  That is why this scarf has stood the test of time and why there are many variations of it.  Another reason is that it's the type of scarf you can knit with a variety of yarn types/weights AND it looks good.  

I followed a pattern published by Blue Ridge Yarns called Diagonal Silk Scarf.  Again, it's similar to the other two, but not the same.  This version has a garter stitch border at each end with a stockinette border along the sides.  You wouldn't think that would look good, but it does.  Weird, I know.  

I knit mine with Luxury Linen by Blue Ridge Yarns in colorway Forest Heather on size US 6 (4.0 mm) straight needles.  I found this pattern and yarn to be the perfect marriage.  Both the yarn & this pattern are light & airy.  The downside of linen yarns is that they can be a little rough to knit with.  Though, I didn't find it particularly hard to knit with.  The more I knit with it and touched it, the softer it got.  Linen is like a fine wine that gets better with time.  

I gifted my finished scarf to a fellow knitter & friend because I felt that it was meant to be hers.    Maybe I also wanted an excuse to knit a second one :o)