Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ruffle Scarf #050, or Scarf #2 in Knitting for Compassion

Great pattern. Great yarn. My fastest knit ever: a scarf in one week. Okay, I was on vacation, but still, you can get a lot of knitting done sitting in the airport and on the plane. Even if you are between two very large guys who alternate sleeping and trying to catch the flight attendant's attention for a drink after she's passed by our aisle. And this pattern passed the ultimate test: I could hold a conversation and knit - without making a mistake - at the same time.
Here are the specs:

Pattern: Ruffle Scarf #050
Designer: Mac & Me
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, color 300609
Amount used: 3 skeins at 9o m per skein = 270 meters
Source: Knitche, Downers Grove, IL
Needles: size 7 bamboo circular, 24"; size 5 Addi Turbo circular, 16"
Variations: cast on 40 stitches instead of 50, inccreased needle sizes from pattern, which called for sport weight alpaca
Gauge used: 18 st to 4" in lace section, 14 st to 4" in rib section, relaxed
Size of finished scarf: 4 1/2 by 39"
Knitting Time but Who's Competing?: 8-10 hours over the course of a week

If I Had It To Do Over Again: I'd work on a bigger needle so that the scarf is looser and has a better drape. And a longer length. This one is a bit on the short side, unless you're happy to just loop it once or criss cross it over the chest. Also, I'd make the ruffles longer, so that there is a better balance between scarf and edging. Otherwise, very pleasant to work on: enough stimulation for the mind while leaving sufficient brain cells available to chat or watch a movie or ponder whatever is on your mind.

Great news from the Pittsburgh knitters: 4 scarves turned in already.

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