I’m in a book! Well, not me exactly, one of my knitting designs. And just in time for the cold weather, too! It’s a scarf from the book Simple Hip Knit Scarves: 14 Easy Everyday Knits, published by House of White Birches/DRG. If you couldn’t guess from the title, this book contains 14 scarf patterns in a multitude of styles, textures, colorwork, lace, and cables, in a variety of skill levels. My scarf was named The Long and Winding Road which I daresay is appropriate. It’s very long (82″ to be exact) and the stitch pattern winds over itself down the length of the scarf. And lucky me, the yarn support they sent me was blue, which just so happens to be my favorite color. Coincidence? I think not.
Photo copyright DRG Publishing
Pattern: The Long and Winding Road
Finished measurements: 82″ long by 6″ wide. You can adjust the length since 82″ really is ample long.
Suggested yarn: Katia Peru, (116 yds, 100 g; 40% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 20% Alpaca) 3 balls in color slate blue #18. The actual amount used for this scarf was 2.25 balls of yarn.
Needles: US 10 – 6.0 mm
Gauge: 14 sts and 19 rows = 4″ in garter swirl pattern. But hey, it’s a scarf, so don’t sweat it. It will fit around your neck regardless of gauge.
The skill level is classified as intermediate, however I’d be inclined to say an adventurous beginner should be able to knit this scarf as well.
This yarn is bulky, and the nice thing about knitting with bulky weight yarn is that it only took me a few days to knit up this sample. I would imagine any bulky weight wool or wool blend yarn would work fine for this scarf. If you’re in Pittsburgh, you’ll soon be able to purchase this book at Natural Stitches. I’ve been in touch with them and I was told books have been ordered. Yay!
One thing that’s just plain weird. After I knit this scarf I pinned it out on my blocking mats and left the room to let it dry. When I came back and glanced at it, I was immediately reminded of motorcycles, and to this day I still have a strong sensation of motorcycles when I look at this scarf. What the what?!? That’s a bizarre correlation. Perhaps my synesthesia has finally gone haywire or something…