Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I am so glad neckwarmers are the new scarves. Mainly because after finishing one of three balls of yarn for a scarf, I realized I didn't have enough yarn. Also, neckwarmers are a heck of a lot faster! I used straight needles, for the first time in a LONG time. (Usually I use straight needles to occupy my needleholder.)
The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Suri Merino, which is super soft and non-itchy. This red is manly too, because it has bits of gray-green mixed in, so it's suitable for a man's gift. The wet block did the fabric a world of good, and now it doesn't curl, and it's even drapier and softer!
The stitch pattern is Woven Diamond Pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. It's a slipped stitch pattern, and I must say, slipped stitches are so much faster in continental. It is very hard to photograph the pattern, especially the back, which shows the same diamond pattern in a subtly raised purl pattern.
I kept on measuring and trying on as I went, and the sizing turned out great! Final measurements are 7" wide, 28.5" long. Buttonholes were placed about an inch before finishing, then I finished with an inch of garter edge, and attached buttons on the opposite long edge. What a satisfying quick little knit! I'm going to have to make a bunch more of these...