Schoppel Wolle yarns are like magic yarn to me – I see them in a shop and I stare for ages and beautiful images appear in my mind of the things I can create. The German-made yarn is on the expensive side here in Australia but I love the striped beanie I made last year and I decided to let myself free on a few projects with their magical yarns.
First I took on a crochet diagonal stripe scarf with Crazy Zauberball (4 ply, 75% wool 25% nylon) in the Herbstsonne colourway. It’s a mighty 183cm (6 foot) long with blue, orange and red stripes. I used a 3mm crochet hook and 1.6 balls of yarn.
I found the weaver’s stitch in a knitting book. It creates a two-coloured woven-style flat front with a textured back that is reminiscent of a spacious garter-stitch. Continue reading
While the sales are on I decided to pick up a few balls of 4 Seasons Marvel 12 ply yarn to give it a whirl.
The colour range in the shop I visited was limited in comparison to the other weights of Marvel yarn but I chose this mustard yellow colour to make an acrylic scarf.
I normally use wool and natural fibres for winter scarves but I want to experiment with yarns that can be used by people who have allergies or reactions to wool.
The weight of the 12 ply doesn’t feel as thick as a wool 12 ply, and I want to make a chunky scarf, so I’m knitting this scarf in a basic rib pattern with two yarns at a time and 9mm straight needles.
So far so good!
Following on from How to knit a scarf faster, the project was completed in time, although there was a late dash on Friday night to get all the ends weaved in, and boy there were a lot of ends!
Not only were there four yarn ends at the points where I switched to fresh balls of wool, but I found a join halfway through most of the balls (argh!) which I didn’t want to leave as a random knot in the middle of the scarf – I had to cut the knot out leaving extra joins at the edges of the scarf. Continue reading
A couple of days ago I decided to knit a scarf for someone who’s moving overseas to colder climes. While I’ve knitted half a dozen scarves for myself, I tend to use very simple patterns, and I’m not particularly picky about the style because the colours are my main concern.
My intention was to knit with black wool so I needed a pattern that would be visible while being suitable for a man. I searched online for some scarf patterns for boys and men and I decided that the seeded rib easy reversible scarf would be fun to try while still being relatively simple (just knits and purls). It seemed like a perfect project to get through in the week before I see the person receiving the scarf. Continue reading