Yep it’s toasty June and I’ve finished knitting a scarf. I know.
But this is the nicest, squishiest scarf you ever did feel and there’s a lot to be said for knitting a scarf and for once this is something I’ve made for me, not for my Etsy shop so that makes it quite a big deal.
I think scarf knitting has rather unfairly fallen out of favour with knitters in recent years in preference of the shawl. I’m pretty sure that’s because a scarf iss often the very boring first project we’re given when we learn to knit, usually with a not very nice yarn and in a colour that we don’t particularly like, but look at this one, it was a DREAM to make.
I bought the yarn from the lovely Sharp Works in Herne Hill, London on last year’s Great London Yarn Crawl. At the time Sharp Works were giving the pattern for this scarf away free when you bought a ball of Louisa Harding’s Amitola Grande. The pattern is written by Sharp Works and as far as I know isn’t available on Ravelry. If you haven’t already, you need to squish a ball of this yarn in your hand at your first opportunity, its so soft and smooth with a gorgeous halo. Trust me, you’ll be sold the minute you touch it. It isn’t cheap at around £10 – £16 a ball, depending where you source it, but I am so into treating myself to the good stuff because I so rarely make anything for me. You’d pay about the same for a factory made scarf in the shops anyway and lose out on the simple meditative joy of knitting it.
This is why I’m championing scarf knitting, yes it can be repetitive if you knit something like this which is a simple fisherman’s rib (feels and looks a lot like brioche but is much faster). Is repetitive a negative thing really? I don’t think so. You don’t have to worry about remembering very much of a pattern so you’re free from checking back at the pattern all the time which makes it a great travelling pattern and you can concentrate on the feel of the yarn, the appearance of the knitted fabric as it grows from your needles, or go off into your own world of thoughts, or watch film or something.
Now, I’m going to say something shocking… tension variations are no great disaster in a scarf like this. So even if you choose to watch A Handmaid’s Tale the really disturbing bits that make you knit much tighter are not a huge problem because scarves get wound all round your neck or dangle about and somehow it all just works itself out. Of course that’s not going to work so well if you’re attempting a lace pattern but a lovely chunky ribby sort of thing can take it.
This picture is the ‘wrong’ side.
The faux-fur pom-poms were bought later at Sew Busy, a haberdashers and fabric shop in my local town. I don’t think they have any in stock right now it being June and all that…
Take another look around the knitterati and you’ll see scarf knitting is having a bit of a resurgence, spend a bit of time on Ravelry and you’ll see lots of the designers are bringing out long rectangular shawl/wraps. Please, that’s a wide scarf surely? I’m not complaining, I love a scarf or wrap, I think they’re much easier to wear and there is a lot of scope to have fun with them. Look how popular Joji Locatelli’s gorgeous Starting Point is. I’d love to make one of those, she has a few wrap patterns on Ravelry and I want all of them.
I’m going to make another one. Maybe in July.