When I first got back into knitting a few years ago, I made several scarfs for people for presents (and a hat for one) but I realised I hadn’t made myself one since before I went to uni (which is now *cough* 10 years ago). I stopped wearing that scarf a long time ago as it was in a pale, baby shade of blue which I used to wear all the time but now don’t really like. It was made with spider stitch (I think it’s called), which is really loopy so it knitted up really quick!
This new scarf was also fairly quick, but it took me most of my Christmas holiday (yes, I’m a bit late posting it) and most of January here and there to finish. I’ve got out of the habit of knitting in my free time but I really wanted this scarf finished so I could wear it right away and it’s amazing how much time you can find when that’s the case!
I made up the design as I went along, but based it on this one I saw in Accessorize:
The only new wools I bought were the mustard yellow (which seems to be my new favourite colour), the wine colour and a nice ball of navy blue. I already had all the other colours in my (ever growing) stash.
Did I mention I love my scarf? And I’ve worn it every day that it’s been cold enough to!
I knitted the scarf/ snood (though my mum tells me it’s not technically a snood) on circular needles in size 5. I joined it into a loop on the needles and cast on 240 stitches as I figured that number could be divided by loads of different numbers (2,3,4,5,6,8,10 etc) depending on the patterns I decided to do. I knitted each end in rib of 3 knits, 3 purls in navy blue (like the inspiration scarf) and then made it up in between.
I did all sorts of different patterns with the different coloured wool, including diamonds, triangles, diagonal lines and plain old stripes. It’s kind of like a sampler!
I’m quite proud of the inside. My friend Fran taught me the technique to twist the different strands together on the back to make it more secure and to make it neater on the inside when doing colour work (I think that’s what it’s called rather than intarsia or something). It was a bit of a pain in the arse but totally worth it, otherwise the inside would have looked terrible and I would have snagged and pulled it so many times if there were big loops of wool everywhere!
I generally wear it wrapped around twice, for extra warmth but this is how long it is not wrapped around twice!
Did I mention this is a very snuggly, warm scarf? And I love it!
Looking really lovely Amelia – I think there will be quite a queue of requests for one of those scarves.
Thanks! I love it and wear it all the time. Maybe if I start now, I’ll make some for other people by Christmas!
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