- Pattern: Silk Kerchief by Kate Gagnon Osborn Ravelled here
- Yarn: ShibuiKnits sock in colors 5130 (multi) and 2955 (dark teal), 1 skein each. I did not use the full skein of multi, but ran out of the teal (191 yds).
- Needles: US size 4/ 3.5 mm
- Mods: I knit the stripes until this was approximately the size of my small Ishbel shawl. Then I switched to the teal color and made increases to form a ruffle as described here. Although I just noticed she did hers in garter stitch where mine is in stockinette; maybe that’s why mine curls in so much? It was my intention to knit the entire ruffle in the solid color, but I underestimated the amount of yarn needed and had to bind off with the multi.
All in all this was a breeze to knit, and a I had a lot of fun with the color combo. On its own the multi-colored yarn is a bit bright, reminding me of Play-Doh and neon accessories from the 80s. When tempered with this lovely, multifaceted dark teal, it takes on more of a magical quality. I love it.
I’ve been inclined to wear this bandit-style (above), but it also turned out to be a nice shawl size. I blocked the living daylights out of it to get a little more width, which I found was the only downfall of this pattern. The increases are only made on the front of the scarf, which resulted in a triangle that seemed to get more deep than wide. If I were to make this again, I would probably make increases along each edge on both sides of the work.
Lately I have been knitting up a storm, trying to finish up holiday gifts, knits for me, and anything I can get my hands on really. Apparently I overdid it because I woke up on Wednesday with sore, swollen hands and couldn’t knit for two days. Two days! That’s an eternity for me under normal circumstances, but was especially alarming when I still felt the urgent need to knit and was hampered by such a silly thing as hand pain. It sure made me hope for continued good hand health; I can’t imagine having to give up knitting!
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend, full of all the knitting you (and your hands) desire.