FO: The Long Scarf

I’ve recently completed one Christmas present:  Dad’s Long Scarf.  I had a couple of skeins of hand-dyed Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande in stash and decided that it would be perfect as a nice, cozy scarf.  A basic garter stitch design was put to use since dad’s request had been for a super long scarf that he could “wrap around and around and around” his neck.  Plus, I was craving some relaxing tv knitting.  (Which was perfect for Wednesday evenings while I watched Nashville!)

I knit this scarf width-wise instead of using the traditional method.  For some reason, in my mind, I thought that this would cut my knitting time in half, but it didn’t.  It took me about the same amount of time that it would have taken me if I had knit the scarf length-wise.  But, in my defense, I did create a pretty cool looking scarf with the garter-stitches going in a different direction.  🙂

The scarf’s length is about 50-60″ long.  I’m 5’5″ and if I place the scarf around my neck without wrapping it, then the scarf will fall to about mid-thigh, almost to my knees.  Here’s the pattern, in case anyone out there would like to knit a long scarf for him or herself:

Gauge: 3 stitches to 1” on size 10.5 needles

CO: 180 stitches.

Knit for 36 rows or however wide you would like your scarf.

BO: use 1 size larger needle for a smoother BO. (I used a size 11 dpn)

Click Here Ravelry Project Page

Slow Progress

I have finally completed the back and both fronts to this beautiful cardigan.  (Sweaterbabe Cable/Lace Kimono)  It has taken me months (since March!) to get this far, but I can see the end is near and I’m getting excited to wear this piece.

I spent the better part of last night picking up 97 stitches for one sleeve only to realize that I had been picking up & knitting the stitches on the wrong side.  Grrr!!  So, I ripped everything apart and started over (at 11 PM, yes, my determination got the better of me) and am now satisfied with my progress.  My goal is to knit this sleeve in a week.  Fingers crossed that I can accomplish this!  🙂

Look how gorgeous those front pieces are!  Now all they need is the ribbed trim & ties for wrapping.  Happy Wednesday everyone!