Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Irish Hiking Scarf

I made this scarf in March. It is a free pattern from - very nice and easy pattern to make, don't be intimidated by the cables. These are my 1st cables ever and they weren't as hard as I was thinking they would be!

I got my yarn from Knit Picks - 5 skeins of Terra Cotton Shine Worsted (60% Pima Cotton, 40% Modal). The skeins are small (50 grams/75 yards each), but I only paid $2.49 each. If you haven't tried this yarn - oh, it is soooo soft!!! Maybe not super warm, but just perfect for a fall or spring day. I want to make this scarf again in another color - but first I have a few other knitting projects (yarn on hand to use) to knit.

There are 2 things yet to be done on this scarf... just to "fix" minor issues - thanks to my SIL (an excellent knitter) for her solutions! 1st - the yarn ends don't like to stay woven in and keep popping out. My SIL recommended that I take regular sewing thread the same color as the yarn, tie the ends together and "weave/sew" more. The 2nd thing is that I don't like how the ends are ripple-ing. My SIL recommended crocheting a little border at the top and bottom to stabilize them. Nothing major - just little things that I notice - not that these little things have kept me from wearing my new scarf!


Since I finished this scarf I haven't started a new knitting project and I am a bit at odds about that. I am a fairly slow knitter and many days my fingers hurt too much to knit, but I do find it relaxing as long as I just do a few rows here and there. And I do love to wear this scarf. Did I mention how soft it is yet??? I have a skein of cashmere and 2 skeins of sock yarn, plus yarn for a little jacket - just got to settle down and start something. Then again - I always could just pull out the sweater that I started YEARS ago and finish the last few rows needed for the sleeves. Oh but wait - that would mean that I would need to get the tape measure, measure a sweater that I like the sleeve length on, compare that measurement to what I have knit so far, figure out a little bit of math... sigh - so there sits my sweater, almost finished. Well, maybe, just maybe I will find the tape measure tonight, but right now I am off to go pick dandelions with my son!


Doodlebug Gail said...

Very nice. I like the extra texture which cables give to a knitted article. I could have worn that scarf yesterday .... it was cold enough!

Carolyn said...

It turned out beautiful! I love the one I made, hated to put it away at winter's end. I thought about making fringe to help hide the ripple at the bottom, but haven't done anything since it's always tucked into my coat!

paula, the quilter said...

One year, I sat in on the judging at the county fair. All day. I watched and listened to the judging of not only quilts, but needlework, cross stitch, crochet, tatting, knitting... It was very informative. I learned that when a yarn tail is woven in, to use a very small wee bit of FrayCheck on the end of it to keep it in place. I only use this technique on yarns that don't stay in place like the bamboo or cotton or acrylic. Wools tend to felt a bit and the tails stay in place. I put a bloop of FrayCheck on a piece of paper and then dip a toothpick in it. Don't go straight from the bottle, I learned that lesson the hard way. HTH.

loulee1 said...

Very nice, you did a great job. I too was a bit nervous the first time I used a cable needl, it's fun isn't it.