More Rib Sampler Scarves

Recently I needed a mindless super easy knit that would keep my hands busy and my self soothed. I remembered how much I’d enjoyed knitting  Lion Brand’s Rib Sample Scarves during the summer heat. Knitting another one felt right.

Usually I don’t knit these in pricy yarns, but I’d been trying to find a home for my Fibre Company Cumbria for quite awhile. The yarn is 60% merino, 30% masham, and 10% mohair worsted weight. I’d already tried knitting it into two different shawls, one with some lacey bits and another loaded up with short rows. It just wasn’t playing nice with those patterns and I’d had to frog.

So, this would be a rib sampler scarf for me. I supersized it, casting on 54 stitches (rather than the 28 called for by the pattern) and elongating all the sections. I knit the 2 by 2 ribbing at each end for 15 inches instead of 8. The garter stitch sections are 5 inches instead of 4. The mistake rib and farrow rib sections are 10 inches instead of the 8 the pattern calls for. And, as I always do with this pattern, I extended the 1 by 1 ribbing in the neck section to 15 inches instead of 12. This version needed about 670 yards and turned out to be 80 inches long. At its widest point it’s 10.5 inches.

This is going to be a cozy winter piece and the “buttermere” colorway will look great with my black coat.

So, I’ve already let the cat out of the bag that I’m quite the fan-girl when it comes to this scarf. Ravelry lists 23 project pages for this scarf and (ahem) I’ve knit nine of them. In fact, in late July and early August, in the sweltering heat, I knit two other Rib Sampler scarves. This next one is knit in Stonehedge Fiber Shepherd’s Wool Superwash. It’s a lightweight worsted.

I increased the width by casting on 44. On the first (and last) section of 2 by 2 ribbing, I knit 10 inches. I kept the garter stitch sections and the other ribbing sections (except for the midsection of 1 by 1) at 4 inches. And I knit the middle 1 by 1 ribbing for 15 inches. This version used about 415 yards and turned out to be 60 inches long and at its widest points (the garter stitch sections) it’s 9 inches wide.

This next one, my BSeen rib sampler, is headed to a local charity auction. I knit it in hunter orange intending it would scream “not a deer…not a deer.”

It’s knit in a very rustic wool: Briggs & Little Heritage. It’s a definite Aran weight. It won’t satisfy the itch-adverse. But it will be warm and protect the wearer from more than just the cold. I knit it to the same dimensions as the Shepherd’s Wool version.

This scarf is a wonderful rhythmic knit. It never fails to sooth whatever savage beast is trying to beast me at the moment.

Cowl weather is coming

Before I became a voracious knitter, decades ago now, I didn’t know what a cowl was. Now I sometimes even wear them in the summer or to take the bite out of an air-conditioned chill. This cowl is Purl Soho’s freebie: Floats Cowl. I knit mine out of Heritage Yarn’s Prime Alpaca. It’s a 100% alpaca sport weight.

I had difficulty with what should have been an easy knit. It’s a 2 row pattern and you work it looking at the non-public side. In other words, the floats, formed from slipping two stitches, form on the inside. On the next round, you purl the slipped stitches. For me, it was very difficult to look at my knitting and know which round I was on. Even when I started counting rounds, “odd round are slip stitch rounds and even rounds are plain rib,” my brain would lapse into the wrong stitches. Plus, it’s a very hard stitch to fix when you goof–at least it was for me. And every mistake shows up very obviously. I tried stitching a repair in one spot. That worked…poorly,

I tried working the stitch facing the public side. It doesn’t look the same. Moving the yarn before and after you slip the stitches anchors the yarn (or something like that) and it gives a different look.

I am typically good with really boring knits. Miles of garter stitch bore many experienced knitters. But not me. Apparently knitting something that’s only a bit boring and I lose my concentration and screw up. Sigh. This cowl is very warm. I’ll get good use out of it.

I knit the full 11 inches that the pattern called for. I blocked the cowl after soaking it in Eucalan, toweling out the moisture, and laying the cowl flat (without using any pins). I had lots of yarn and didn’t worry about the gauge. Mine came out to be 42 inches in circumference and 11 inches deep. A worthwhile knit. And because there’s a few mistakes in it, I will keep it for me!

This next cowl is Jenny F’s No January Blues Cowl. The blue is Tosh DK by Madelinetosh, a beefy DK that matched Mirasol Yarns Umina, which is actually a rather light worsted. Jenny F says “This DK/light worsted weight cowl uses 2 colors to create a gorgeous melange accessory that will effortlessly fit into your wardrobe.”  I knit this awhile back, as part of a mystery knit-a-long (MKAL). Honestly, I have been following the bandana cowl craze with disinterest and I don’t think I’d have knit it if I knew what I would end up with.

This.

But it’s a pretty thing. I wore it, once, and people commented on it without mentioning that it’s a melange accessory. At least they didn’t ask if I was getting ready to rob a bank.

Here’s an easy peasy one, Boxing Clever, in bulky-weight Duo, by Jarbo-Garn. It’s an acrylic gradient-like yarn. Quite beautiful. This freebie cowl, designed by Susan Ashcroft of Stichnerd Designs, includes instructions for changing the size and yarn weight.

I cast on 108, despite this being a bulky-weight. This was me in stash-down mode, which continues apace. So I used up nearly all my remaining skein by working 5 rows of boxes, 60 rounds. It’s a wonderfully extravagant major cowl that you can easily knit in one night.