Two scarves, and a cabled beret pattern
It’s been a REALLY long time between posts, but I am still knitting and still cooking, just got a bit behind in the taking photos and writing departments. I’ll endeavour to post more often until I’m up to date, but I don’t want to put too much in at once, so to begin with, here are some scarves and a beret.
Last time I posted about knitting, I left a teaser of a scarf which I started knitting as a gift… but apparently I am a bad friend, because I ended up keeping it for myself . Partly because it got to long and bulky to send to a country where the weather was getting warmer, and partly because I knew I would have to make one for myself if I did send it.
I did whip up a quick beret to put in the post, but failed to snap any pictures – it was the same pattern and yarn as my own beret, with some variations due to the nature of the yarn.
The Vintage Hues Beret (which needs a better name).
The beret was worked on 4mm needles from the brim inward.
Cast on 72 stitches,
Start with a K2, P2 rib for 2.5cm/1 inch.
Switch to K6, P6 rib, then make kfb increases in the purl sections, one on each edge, every 2nd row, until the sections reach K6, P12.
Meanwhile, work cables (Cable 6 back: slip 3 stitches on cable needle, hold to the back, knit 3, then knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle) in the knit sections every 10 rows.
Work decreases in the purl sections every 8 rows, until the rib sections = K6, P6, then shorten the number of rows between cables (i.e. make the next cable after 8 rows, and the following one after 6 rows, then 4…).
Continue to make decreases in purl sections until there are only 2 purl stitches in each section, then start to make decreases in knit sections every four rows. You may end up working a cable 4 back at some point.
Continue decreasing until 1 stitch remains in each section (12 in total), knit together each knit stitch with a purl stitch, so 6 stitches remain, then make i-cord for about 1.5cm.
Bind off, and pull the tail back through the i-cord section, so it can be woven into the wrong side.
I’ve used this pattern for berets several times now, it’s very easy to work and intuitive once it gets going.
Striped Self-striping Scarf:
A scarf inspired by a scarf inspired by a scarf.
My scarf was worked on 5.5mm needles, using alternating balls of the Vintage Hues self-striping yarn. I used one colourway, this meant that sometimes I got contrasting stripes, and other times there were lovely subtle gradients. It doesn’t have that silk shimmer the Noro scarves have, but I adore it all the same. The general effect could be acheived with any self-striping yarn.
Cast on odd number of stitches: K1, P1 rib, slip one purlwise at the end of each row. Knit 2 rows per ball then swap to the other. I used 4 balls in total.
I made another scarf the same way, using hand dyed “quickie” yarn by Happy Spider, which I purchased at the Bus Depot Markets. The yarn was chunkier, so I used 7mm needles, and cast on less stitches. Instead of using two skeins of the same colourway, I used one of Clematis, and one of Dark Forest, but they had similar enough hues to create a harmonious effect.