Thursday, January 6, 2011

Living in Scarfland

I've been in a frenzy of scarf knitting lately, what with Christmas and work on my Lingonberry Loop (LL) pattern, not to mention my Thanksgiving scarf (still a WIP). I love scarves as a fashion accent, as an on-the-go project, and as a warm winter layer.  It's amazing how wearing one around our chilly house warms me up.

I pretty much always have one or two on the needles and over the years I've made plenty, some better than others, LOL.  

This week I finally bound off an aran-weight LL in Berroco Peruvia, and also sewed very light shell buttons on the very first version, knit in fingering weight Frog Tree Brushed Suri alpaca.

This yarn has a gorgeous halo that looks a little like mohair, but has more drape/ less spring, and a matte finish with less luster.  In the hand it is very soft, but reminds me more of wool than mohair.

I'd forgotten how much I loved knitting this, since I designed it in August 2010, and now I can't wait to wear it.  

When finalizing the pattern, I actually had two versions written up, one for fingering and one for chunky, both of which I liked.  

The deciding factor at the time was to go with chunky since it is much faster to knit, very warm for deep winter, and also more trend-current.  But boy do I love the light weight one!  

It's shorter and wider than the published version, allowing it to be worn many ways, but perhaps not a width that would be comfortable in a much heavier yarn.  It might feel too much like a blanket.  But then, just look at some of the ginormous (as my niece likes to say) scarves and cowls out there right now and who knows?

I like how the lacy pattern stitch is equally beautiful on both sides so you can wear it as a moebius with a half-twist before buttoning (as shown in top photo above), and how it allows buttons to go through along the sides for a shawl/ wrap style.

I'm considering publishing a second version of the LL pattern in the lighter weight.  Or will people adapt and modify the current one and it would be a waste of time?  Hmmm....

The grey one is still lacking buttons, so I'll save the FO shots for later.  Lots to think about.  


  1. Your blog is very elegant and charming Robin! I want to especially compliment your photography and relaxed writing style. And as for the knitting...its obvious you have found what you LOVE to do--KUDOS! Big hugs.

  2. What a cleaver idea! I like it very much!

  3. Thank you so much for the kind comments!

  4. Beautiful scarves! I love all the colors you used! :)

  5. Thank you Alexandra! It's hard for me to choose a favorite. :)

  6. I remember when I first learned to knit in the round (and therefore could manage socks and hats), I thought my days of long, boring scarf knitting were over. Ten years later, and all I want to knit is scarves, which I now see as quick and satisfying.

    I love the LL in fingering--I thought the chunky weight was great, but it's so elegant in a lighter yarn. Versatile too.

  7. Leslie, thank you! I know what you mean about thinking scarf knitting is a 'beginner' thing when, really, scarves are fun and such a great fashion piece.

  8. Love them all, great ideas..
    Greetings from France

  9. By the way, I am terrible at modifying patterns and would love to see a second version of the LL scarf published. Hint hint ;)

  10. Leslie - thanks somuch for the input, I am working on a 'light' version right now!