Design Process

Number three of Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy is off the needles. I’ll debut the FO once it’s been soaked and blocked. So gratifying to be finishing things.

What really has me chuffed is the scarf for my Beau. It’s almost done too – has practically crocheted itself! I can’t wait to see it on him – the advantage of family? Free knitwear models đŸ™‚

My only idea when I started, in terms of design, was stripes. I had intended to knit this one but when I picked it up, the yarn wanted crochet. I started with one band and let the colours decide what they wanted. I like symmetry, so once I had a combination I liked I went from there.

The Beau is a big man and tall so  dimensions of this are 6″ by 10″.

Main bands done

Main bands done

Granny Square stripes started

Granny Square stripes started

I’ve worked a granny square stripe variation to join the bands and will probably do a wandering vine slip stitch to join those. I really love how this has turned out and I can see potential for variations on this. Although I find the end result very masculine, a change in yarn could make this perfectly suited to a more feminine look.

I’m off to start the first of the joins – will have an FO to post shortly.


The Knitting And Not Just The Natter

Oh so hard to resist typing “The Knitting and Knot Just the Knatter”!

I am also a writer, very much in love with words and a huge fan of alliteration… And so, to the knitting forthwith. đŸ™‚

Scarves Plain ‘N Fancy III is just about a wrap and I have been able to make some updates to the Etsy shop to prep for stocking it. Much has changed at Etsy since I first opened PSPRP there. To celebrate, I wound up My Berocco Vintage that I’m using for my Beau’s scarf. I’m planning to crochet this project and one would think I was planning a year-long sabbatical to a foreign country!

This isn’t the first handcrafted gift that I’ve made for him but it is the first fibre one and I want it to be perfect. Manly yet fashionable, Soft and warm yet sturdy. Let us not forget washable… I do think the Vintage is a perfect choice for this, its certainly affordable and has a high percentage of wool for warmth, acrylic for softness and nylon will add strength and resist pilling. I love the colours together: chambray, cracked pepper and oats… He looks great in blue.

I’m leaning toward a granny stripe variation and should have plenty to make a matching toque or a mirror image scarf for DSDitto. More than enough to keep him warm when he’s at our second home in Canada and out of his more southerly element!

So what has me scouring Ravelry and the internet, for the”perfect” pattern like a crazed and enthused Newbie?

The dreaded “Sweater Curse”.

Okay. Not really but I did think of it as I was having a laugh at my own expense and just for the heck, googled it. Would you believe this is a known phenomenon and has its own page on Wikipedia? No curse shall stop my hook however so, posting a few photos of my own knitting and then off to get that foundation chain underway.


Scarves Plain 'N Fancy III - Progress

Berocco "Vintage" StashBerocco Caked For Beau's Scarf