Colonel Talbot and Wellington

wellington3This is Wellington. Not Colonel Wellington. Just Wellington. A Susan Mills Classic Elite pattern. My version, worked up in the yarn the pattern calls for (4 skeins of Classic Elite Camelot), is the first finished project on Ravelry at the moment.

It was fun to knit. And I definitely like reversible patterned scarves. Especially if you gift a scarf, if it’s not reversible you’ll see it worn backwards every time you see it worn. Same goes for hats with seams–they’ll always be worn by the giftee with the seam smack dab in front. And, though I try to gently educate the recipients of afghans that they are warmer public side up, they’re almost sure to be folded backward on the couch. (But at least that means they’re being used.)

Just under 400 yards of Aran weight. It needed a rather aggressive block to open up those middle ribs a tad.

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I enjoyed knitting it. The color-shifting yarn holds a knitter’s interest even when the billionth jigsaw puzzle piece starts wearing thin.

So, that’s Wellington. And this next scarf really is Colonel Talbot.

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Colonel Talbot, in the library, with a candlestick. Oh, no. That would be Colonel Mustard. This is an excellent unisex scarf pattern by Joan Janes of Littleredmitten. I knit mine in String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn’s Caper Aran. I’m not sure if Caper Aran is currently available. But it’s 80% merino,10% nylon, and (ahem) 10% cashmere. Quite special.

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It’s a simple pattern, for sure, but with some excellent design features, including I-cord knitted-on edging and an interesting bunch of raindrips to break up the garter stitch.

Sometimes I have trouble wearing scarves. They dangle into the velcro flap patches on my coats and get stuck. But I definitely enjoy knitting them.

Simply Sweet Shawl, in String Theory

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This is Knitwise Design‘s newest pattern, Simply Sweet Shawl. I knit mine in one of the suggested yarns: String Theory Yarn’s Caper Sock. And, yes, that’s Long Lake in the background.

This is a wonderfully rhythmic knit. It’s almost all garter stitch, with properly placed increases that help keep the shawl securely in place on your shoulders. The scalloped edge is an interesting technique. I won’t spill the beans, but as Linda Courtney puts it, there’s “no tricky knitting required.” Basically, to borrow an Elizabeth Zimmermann term, it’s an “afterthought” scallop.

I decided to knit mine in two colors, and keep the I-Cord bows the same color as the body of the shawl.

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It’s total knitter’s choice on whether you use two or three colors. Here’s Linda’s 3-color version:

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This is one pattern name that suits. Simply sweet.

Simply Sweet was my maiden voyage with String Theory yarn. I intend to return for more trips. Caper sock is a luxurious fingering weight superwash: 80% merino wool, 10% nylon to put a nice bounce in the fabric and, ahem, 10% cashmere. Caper is supposed to conjure up thoughts of Capricorn (a goat, possibly a cashmere goat) and also there’s all that capering we knitters do as we skip about delighting in the feel of such wonderful yarn. Sometimes it’s best not to think too much about why patterns and yarns end up with the names they end up with.

It’s great yarn, though. My colorways are citron, a lively yellow green,  and black tulip, a deep purple.

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