The Noro scarf was a great quick project – knit by alternating between two skeins every other row using mistake rib and a 23-stitch cast-on. The exact pattern is Child’s Rainbow Scarf in Last Minute Knitted Gifts; I used Noro Kureyon in colors 264 and 95, and US 9 needles. The two skeins are just the perfect amount to make a scarf that can be looped through itself around my neck (like in the photo).
The Wishbone Mittens is a pattern from Swan’s Island yarns to showcase their yarn – the mittens are knit on US 6 dpns, and take up only approx. 1/2 skein of Worsted (color Winterberry). I knit size small because usually mittens end up so loose that they barely stay on my hands – these fit just right if you like them stretchy and pretty close-fitting, or they’d be a good fit for an older child. I would probably try a size medium if I knit them again.
I used one skein of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted in color Bison to knit the Midna Hat. I used US 7 16″ circulars and dpns, and knit the brimless version. There aren’t size options, so next time I would probably go down a needle size, because the hat seems a little long (and a little big around) for me.
Finally, I knit one of the new Brooklyn Tweed patterns, the Ashby shawl. Instead of the recommended Shelter yarn, I used four skeins of Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Aran (50% merino wool, 50% silk) in color Cypress. It made for a very soft and squishy shawl, and shows off the intricate stitching pattern nicely, but I’m going to try the pattern again in Shelter, which I think will highlight the cabled and textured stitching better. The lace edging is knit on US 9s, and the body on US 8s.
I ran out of yarn before finishing the middle (you’re supposed to keep going until it makes a triangle) but I was so tired of the project by then, and didn’t want to wait to order another skein. Plus, I think it looks (and wears) well this way. When I try the pattern again in Shelter, I’m going to do fewer repeats of the border, so that there is less of the main scarf to knit. I love Brooklyn Tweed patterns, but they always require a great deal of attention (stitching patterns are pretty complicated) and man, they seem to go on forever! Every Brooklyn Tweed shawl or scarf I’ve knit has far outlasted my patience and interest – even though the final product is usually beautiful and unique.