Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pattern Review: My So Called Scarf

In a quest to find a scarf consisting of more than row after row of knit and purl stitches, I found My So Called Scarf. I'll admit, I was drawn to this pattern because of the stitches. In fact, I was so amazed my the complexity of the stitches, I refused to knit this scarf with color. I opted for undyed Knit Picks Bare Peruvian Highland Wool (bulky weight). 

Pattern Content - The pattern itself was very easy to read (available in English and Dutch). After casting on, rows 1 and 2 are alternated until the scarf reaches it's desired length. It was really that simple! I made an error at the very beginning of the scarf on row 1. The pattern reads "K1, *sl 1, K1, psso but before dropping slipped st from LH needle, k into back of it* K1. Somehow I omitted the first asterisk and completed my rows as "K1, sl 1, K1, psso (knit into back), repeat to end". Once I discovered my error, I didn't frog the piece and start over. I noticed that this was making the scarf appear much less rigid, and gave it a more naturally curled appearance that I preferred. Once I had reached the desired length, I bound off and created some (optional) tassels for both ends, which gave the scarf just the perfect amount of flair. 

This was an enjoyable project. At roughly 270 yards, this is a great stash buster. I will definitely make this scarf again, likely with the same yarn (after dyeing 2-3 vivid colors), opting for the original (flatter) look. 9 out of 10.