Saturday, February 14, 2009
New Scarf - Old Pattern Motif
Ever since my Ogee Cardigan was in the making I've been fascinated with that specific pattern motif. I first found it in Mary Thomas's Book of Knitting Patterns (an old but very useful book) and I've used it again in this Scarf - which I happened to name Ogee Scarf.
The border is knitted in moss stitch to give some kind of frame to the continuous pattern motif and I'm quite happy with this solution.
There are interesting details in this pattern and I particularly like that you can see the individual threads twisting around each other, surrounding the oval shape.
The yarn is Tapestry from Rowan in the color Highland, my first experience with yarn containing soybean protein. It says 30% on the label and the rest is wool, so it should be warm enough. I used 6 mm needles, which I usually don't prefer. I find them too big and a bit clumsy to handle. I do make exceptions, though.
The yarn is wonderfully soft and I really like the color. It's a little variegated which shows in some subtle stripes in the scarf. Knitting with this yarn was at times anoying, though, because the yarn tends to split very easily, and it pretty quickly felts a little bit, so you don't want to rip back an awful lot if you can avoid it - I mean, don't make any errors!
Despite this minor detail about the yarn, I really love how the scarf turned out. I know that it will follow me the rest of the winter, all the way to the beginning of spring.