Friday, March 18, 2011

Echos in Alpaca

I saw a really fascinating scarf/shawl, whatever in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. The pattern was for a reversible cable scarf that can be used as a shawl. Reversible cable...the same on both sides. Great concept!

Got it! Made it! And here are pictures to prove it!

The yarn is the Baby Alpaca from Diamond Yarns. So very soft!

Exactly two skiens used to knit it to pattern measurements.

If I were to do this again, I would do the 1-stitch buttonhole instead of two as the pattern suggested. I found the button holes a bit big once you dropped the stitches. I ended up closing up the buttonholes with a bit of sewing thread.

I didn't like the loose loop of yarn after you dropped the stithces. Next time, I would knit to the second to last row before binding off, knit to the stitch you will need to drop, drop the stitch and knit through, drop next stitche, knit to the end. Then cast off on the following row. I thought about going back & redo the last two rows but didn't feel like it.

According to the pattern, it should be wide enough to be draped over your shoulders like a shawl but I found it a bit too narrow for me. Worked great as a cowl, though. If I were to use it as a shawl, I would double the stitches.

Things that makes me happy:
1. Spring is here...first tulips are up and blooming. Same with daffidils.
2. Wandering around the seawall at lunch.
3. Weather is still cool enough to wear knit stuff.