Spring Scarf Finished

March 12, 2005

It’s a spring scarf; I wanted something very open. It’s for those “winter just won’t go away” kind of days. After a couple of experiments, I finally decided on how I wanted to knit my scarf. First I tried the butterfly stitch, but that didn’t work with my variegated yarn. It was hard to see the pattern with the constantly changing colors. Next I tried Crocus Buds stitch from Leisure Arts 99 Knit Stitches book. Better because it was more lace like, but still not what I wanted. Finally, I pulled out my size 20 needles, knit a sample and really liked how that looked. I casted on 30 stitches and knit the whole thing. It took two skeins of yarn and about 4 hours but the final product was exactly what I had in mind.

A scarf after four hours is a pretty productive way to spend an afternoon. I knit while watching Double Indemnity (classic film noir, on of the AFI’s Top 100 movies), some exciting basketball (Memphis’ heartbreaking loss and part of the Illini game) and the Cubs spring training game. It was cold outside and a perfect day to spend curled up on the couch.

My husband asked me if knitting with bigger needles is easier or harder. In this case, I’d say harder. There’s a lot of holes so you have to make sure you’re putting the needle in the right place. It’s also much easier to drop a stitch and not notice. And consequently, much harder to fix if you drop a stitch. I make sure to count my stitches every couple of rows.


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