Sunday, August 26, 2012

More Knitted Winter Scarves

As Winter draws to a close this week, here is a collection of my favourite hand-knitted scarves.  I particularly enjoy working with mohair, especially from New Zealand.  Most skeins were bought from the Stitches & Craft Show, which used to be at the Caulfield RaceCourse every March & September... for years! (See my earlier post, Fire Scarf, which I completed in June this year).

While we are we looking forward with anticipation to the first balmy breaths of a warm Spring breeze ...  in reality, I expect the weather will remain quite chilly for a few more weeks (or months?!) - That's Melbourne!

Purple / Green / Brown scarf:  "Touch Alpine" - 12 ply.  Knits up beautifully, and is SO light and warm to wear!  This is a lovely, variagated woollen thread, and amazingly, it arranged itself into those vertical stripes.  

I receive so many compliments about this scarf! Plus, it's really versatile to wear, colour-wise.  Cast on 22 stitches onto size 10mm needles.  Do Garter stitch (knit every row), until desired length.  (I prefer about 110-130cm).  It's 25cm wide. (Winter 2007)

Red Rib:  Use 2 threads: Cleckheaton De Luxe Velvet Ribbon + 8ply plain red.  Cast on 20 stitches, Size 10mm needles.  Pattern is Single Rib (Knit 1, Purl 1, continue). Chunky and bright.  I made this one 140cm, as it was a bit thicker.   (Winter 2006)

Lavender  Rib:  Used "Fairy Floss", from Lincraft.  It feels like Chenille - lovely!  Using 2 strands, cast on 14 stitches, Size 10mm needles. (Knit 1, Purl 1).  Looks great with jeans, for a casual look.  (Winter 2008)

Rust / Cinnamon Broken Rib - Another favourite!
Using Filatura Di Crosa - Multicolour.   60% mohair, 40% acrylic. 2 x 50g balls. Needles: 5mm.  Cast on 45 stitches - Knit 2, Purl 2 to end, Knit 1.  Repeat for each line.

This Rust scarf took a lot longer (smaller needles, and more care required to ensure pattern doesn't get mixed up...) needless to say... the occasional back-tracking was required to fix minor mistakes. Completed on the daily train commute from Ashburton to the City. (Winter, 2008)

Soft Smoky Denim Blue / Silver Grey.  Picasso Heirloom, 12 ply, made in France. 38% mohair, 59% acrylic, 3% polyester.  So Soft!  Cast on 22 stitches, 10mm needles.  Finished size: 22cm x 130cm.  Pattern is Garter stitch. This ensures the side edges don't curl in.  (Winter 2007)

As you can see, I'm very much influenced by flattering colours, and top-quality wool.  Then, you really only need a simple pattern which doesn't overpower scarf.  This allows the beauty of the fibre to shine through!  Try it!  I just love wearing my own creations!

1 comment:

  1. Really lovely scarves! I agree that a good yarn makes a difference. Yours are amazing. I wish I could find such beauties here in my country (Guatemala). Not so lucky here :-(
    Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving a note. I left you there the basic info for the neck warmer. I am considereing writing the pattern for a future post.
    Keep the good work! Greetings,
    ♥ Ana BC


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