My current WIP list looks a little something like this:
- Cabled Sweater
- Woman’s XL Cardigan in fingering weight yarn
- Baby Blanket x 3
- Queen Sized Log Cabin Blanket
- Men’s L Sweater
All range from 50-90% finished, all of due dates rapidly approaching, and I’m completely unmotivated to keep clicking along on any of them. I needed to start and finish something in order to remind me of what it is like to be able to enjoy a piece, rather than just feeling like you’re in perpetual in-progress/starting mode.
I decided to take the stitch pattern from Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders‘ cashmere cowl, and expand it into a full-length scarf. Here is the fabulous end result, done in Malabrigo Stonechat:
It is slightly on the long side for someone of average height, but being 6’3″ and despising a cold neck, the 84″ length is pretty perfect for me.
This is one of those stitch patterns that gives you a lot of visual bang for your buck. It’s a super easy, two row repeat that creates a wonderful texture, especially for variegated yarns (as a rule, to capitalize on color changes without looking like a melted box of crayola crayons, I utilize slipped stitches and yarn overs as much as I can with these types of yarns).
If you’re going to make your own version, keep in mind the passed over stitches and yarn overs take a lot more yarn – I utilized three skeins of Malabrigo, and generally only require two for a scarf of this length, so make sure to buy 50% more yarn than usual, or be prepared to attach both ends to create a circle shape, which will give you needed functionality.
Le sigh. I guess it’s back to cables and sweater quantities of yarn. The good news? These projects are putting quite the dent in my stash, and I’ll be driving right past WEBS on the way home for Thanksgiving, so, I guess I’ll have the perfect excuse to replenish my inventory with a shopping trip to one of my all-time favorite stores.