Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mandala Scarf

Lion Brand came out with a new yarn…well, new to me this year. Could be a year old for all I know!

This yarn color is Serpent, I believe.  I'm using a simple shell pattern from the cowl pattern called Astrantia by Nanna Gudmand-Høyer.

The color starts with a medium grey, then blended in with yellow, then the bright yellow blended with the grey…then the yellow itself.  It seems to blend all the colors along the way so the actual color changes are fairly gradual.   

The yellow is now giving way to a cream, then tan….eventually back to the grey and darker grey.  I hope it comes out looking okay and will be long enough. The skein holds over 500 yards.

My BFF hates the yarn, but I am working with it and having no preconceived ideas or desires. I just wanted to see how it works up.  It isn't "soft" like some of the other acrylics, but for me that is almost a plus.  Like VC - very soft (except for some whites) but because it is made up of short strands, it sheds in the air a lot while making it so it ends up making me stuffed up and sneezy. This doesn't do that…at least so far.

Also the instructions (below) say to wash in hot water and dry it hot…must soften it a bit?  I will do that when I am finished.  I want to give it a chance. Since I am going to stock pile scarves to give away to shelters here, so it doesn't matter to me if I love the colors or not. Just want it to keep someone warm! Below are the care instructions from the Lion Brand site.
CareMachine Wash, Machine Dry
Care DetailItems made from this yarn may be laundered through the use of hottest available water, detergent or soap, agitation, and a machine designed for this purpose. A machine dryer may be regularly used at the hottest available temperature setting.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Peachy Keen Scarf

This scarf is about 6" wide.  I used a textured stitch to create a nice soft hand.

The yarn is Madelinetosh in Pashmina. I really love this yarn! It is a sport weight yarn. I used a G hook.

The basic stitch is sc, ch1, dc.

Base is a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2.  Ch however many you want, turn. 

Row 1:  sc in 3nd ch from hook, ch1, dc in same stitch (the other two chains will count as a sc). *Sk2, [sc, ch1, dc] in next stitch.   *Repeat to end where you will sk2 stitches, sc in last stitch, ch1, turn.

Row 2:  sc in first sc, [sc, ch1, dc] in ch1 space from the row below.  *Sk first dc stitch [sc, ch1, dc] in next ch1 space. *Repeat to end, sc in top of the beginning chain (first ch skipped), ch1 turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have the length you want.

I hope you can follow the instructions.  I used this same stitch in the Rainbow scarf which looks better blocked and stretched a bit.  I don't think this scarf looks better opened up, but rather as a textured scarf only.

Let me know!

Soft Wide Scarf

I decided to use one of my many skeins of the Cascade Heritage Silk (fingering weight) just to see how I like the yarn.  I purchased several skeins in different colors, but have never found a pattern to use.

This is a stitch pattern, not a formal downloaded pattern.  It's pretty simple, and very much like many of the stitch patterns I use…just a slight variation that has a profound impact.

In this variation for the beginning chain you need any multiple of 3 stitches for how wide you want the pattern, plus 3. (Some patterns say add 2 for the starting chain and add one to start…that's 3 isn't it!??).

FYI: After the starting chain each side is a chain one on each row.

The beginning pattern (Row 1 after you chain the appropriate amount) for me is dc in 3ch from hook, and dc in each chain after that. If you want a wider border, do a few rows of dc.

Row 2: ch1, sc in first dc. 2dc in same stitch. Skip 2 stitches [1sc, 2dc] in next stitch. Repeat to end, with 3 stitches left, sc in last stitch. Ch1, turn.

Row 3: sc in first sc (first stitch), 2dc in same stitch. [1sc, 2dc] in next sc. Repeat to end, sc in last stitch.  

Repeat row 3 until it measures however long you want it.  Last row is dc in each stitch.

If my instructions are a bit confusing let me know and I will clarify them.

My scarf is about 7" or 8" across, very light-weight, and feels super soft.  I am using a G hook.