Scarf Madness – a Knitter’s Take on March
I think of myself as a dedicated sweater knitter, but as I look around the house and the Shop lately, I see scarves, scarves everywhere. I guess I’ve been enjoying my scarf knitting. A lot. Who knew? Well, scarves are a lot closer to instant gratification than sweaters. And for a relatively small investment you can have fun playing around with various techniques, stitch patterns and colors, even in luxury fibers!
Here’s the scarf I started this week, made from Habu Textiles Wool Pom Pom yarn. The little tufts of wool attached to a core yarn look a lot like caterpillars until knit into an airy texture on big needles. I think this little scarf is going to feel really nice around my neck this spring, and I love the subtle, natural-looking colors.
We had good news from the fashion runways for spring 2012: stripes!
I adore stripes, so it’s always good news when they are “in fashion!” Stripes are such a fun
and easy way to combine and play around with colors. I’ve enjoyed so much playing with Adorable, a new baby alpaca/silk blend yarn, that I couldn’t stop at just one scarf. I made a simple lace stitch, color-blocked infinity scarf, and then launched into a little stripey scarf to really mix up the colors. I can’t decide which is my favorite!
Our “Long & Skinny Scarf” has been a warm-weather favorite for years; I’m redoing it this spring in Baby Bamboo which comes in a plethora of scrumptious colors. I think I’ll go hog wild and do one in the lengthwise stripe version, and one in horizontal stripes. Can’t wait to see these colors worked up together!
Of course, with our springs being so iffy in Montana, keeping a cozy cowl handy is a must.
I’ve been working on my “Honey Cowl” (pattern on Ravelry.com) and here’s another cowl I whipped up recently in Mountain Colors delectable new Merino yarn: Monarch. I hope to have this pattern written up soon. It was super fun and easy!
Another sweet option for spring is this cute ruffled neck warmer that Ausra has just begun in Mountain Colors Twizzle.
And of course I’ve been knitting up the ruffly scarves, the spring phenomenon of 2012!
Oh, and I’ve been weaving scarves too! Here’s my plain weave scarf, made on the Schacht rigid heddle loom, made into a gorgeous plaid (it does it by itself!) in Mountain Colors Weaver’s Wool.
Yep, let’s keep March mad, everyone: go crazy with the scarves!