Almanac scarf

I can’t think how many scarf projects I started with this yarn before I found the perfect pattern, the Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West (a free download on Ravelry).

The yarn is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in a tweedy royal blue colour called Almanac. The tweedy character is quite subtle and got lost in some of the other patterns I tried, but I reckon this is a perfect match. A word of caution though. Because I kept starting over there was a fair bit of ripping back — the yarn does lose its loft and start to feel a bit thin and scrappy after being ripped back more than a couple of times.

The Purl Ridge Scarf is actually a long cowl or eternity scarf knitted longways which you could wear long (although I’m not sure that a 50-something librarian could get away with that so I’m planning to double it over to keep my neck snuggly warm).

I started on 5.0 mm needles and cast on the recommended 200 stitches but the fabric was turning out just a little loose so I started over on 4.5 mm needles and cast on 240 stitches which has turned out to be just the right size. There are several rows of garter stitch at the beginning and end with alternating rows of stocking stitch and raised purl ridges. It also looks quite handsome on the reverse side.

The pattern also recommended a slip stitch cast off, which I’d not seen or used before, and it produced a beautiful smooth finish.

I’ve also been working on a pair of Noro Silk Garden socks, because I’m tagging along with Kate’s sock knitalong while I try to reverse engineer the last pair of Silk Garden socks I made (but for which I lost the pattern and my notes) and also for the peace and calm. Our little dog Willy has been in the hospital for over a week now, critically ill. Please send healing thoughts his way.


6 responses to “Almanac scarf

  1. I’m sorry to hear that your little dog is so sick. I hope that he will soon be on the road to recovery.

  2. Gorgeous scarves, mister!

    I’ve been thinking about Willy all week! Hope there’s good news on the way. x

    • Thanks Raynie, things are looking a little brighter. I’ve done quite a few scarves this year, time for a jumper I think. Or a cardigan. Ooh!

  3. Oh, much love to Willy and a big hugs to you! I’ll be thinking of you all!

    And a gorgeous cowl! A good wash usually brings back the spring and loft into a bedraggled, much-frogged yarn ; )


    • Thanks Jules, I think all the positive thoughts are helping! I thought a wash might restore the yarn, but I had quite a bit extra anyway so just left out the especially bedraggled bits to be sure (saved in the scraps stash for something later)

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