As part of my New Year resolution I wanted to knit the scarf pattern from Anna Maltz book Marlisle – Ruperto. I really like the randomness of how the two colours come out when they are knitted together. Also winter finally came and I desperately needed a scarf!
I chose to knit with the West Yorkshire Spinners Jacob DK in the brown black shade as my main colour yarn paired with the Fibre Co. Lore in the Calm for the contrasting colour. The two yarns paired together made the yarn too thin to knit with 6 mm needles so I decided to change to a 5 mm to get the right tension.
The two yarns worked lovely together. They stick to each other easily and create random colour changes, each having it’s turn being the dominant colour. On the sections where there was only one strand of DK yarn knitted on a 5 mm, it didn’t feel the tension would be too loose because of the fibres were able to stick to each other.
It was a project I really enjoyed knitting and it took me less than two weeks to complete it. It was a simple pattern to follow and enjoyable when the colours mixed. However this pattern is knitted along the length of the scarf in a circle and I knew I would have to cut it. This was the first time I had to cut any knitting and so I hope you understand, I was very nervous. At one point I even thought it didn’t need to be a scarf but a snood, but would this still be fun? So on a quiet evening I sat down, took my sharp pair of scissors and I cut.
On the pattern it says to unravel just two rows at a time so you don’t get confused, and work on one side of the scarf before starting the other. I advise to follow it. I took my time to unravel because I didn’t want to make a mistake. By the end I was breathing normally and took some enjoyment in unravelling the knitting. I blocked and the next day it was the perfect sunny cold weather to show it off!
This scarf is knitted lengthwise, cast on 255 stitches with 46 rows. Resulting in a lovely width to cover my neck but also in the perfect length! It can wrap around twice for the cold mornings or once with a good amount of length left to hang on both sides.
I ended with a tiny bit of the Fibre Co Lore left. However I had to get another of the West Yorkshire Spinners Jacob DK for the last 10 rows. Anna suggests that if you are tight with the yardage of your yarn you can omit the 20 stitches repeat of the pattern and only work it 11 times. If you have enough yarn you can also add more pattern repeats to make the scarf even longer!
Until Next time… Happy Knitting!