Purple velvet cables

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I originally bought this yarn for a pullover, but when I became disgusted with how poorly the pattern was written, I frogged it and starting looking for another, better use for such beautiful yarn.  I landed on Quay, one of the new, always-tempting Brooklyn Tweed patterns.

I knit with two strands of Shibui Staccato (70% superwash merino, 30% silk) and one strand of Shibui Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk), both in color Velvet.  I used the recommended US 8 needles (US 6 for the ribbing on each end of the scarf) – the resulting fabric was much denser than I think you’d get if you used Shelter yarn, but I liked the substantial feel of it.

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I lost track of how many times I repeated the cable pattern, and I’m not sure how many skeins I used – I think 6 skeins of the Staccato (191 yds each, knit doubled) and 2-3 skeins of the Silk Cloud (330 yds each) – but the end result is 7″ wide and 75″ long.  I liked the styling on the scarf, including the thick cabling (which shows up beautifully in this yarn and color) and the unique i-cord selvedge that keeps the ends from rolling and creates very firm vertical borders.

I confess that I skipped the tubular cast-on and cast-off — I need to learn to do this sometime, but I was already so frustrated with my frogged project, I wasn’t looking to learn anything new right now :)

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I did wet block the scarf – I think it grew in length, but the width is fairly set, probably because of the dense nature of the knitted fabric and the lack of any real stretch in the selvedge edges.

A beautiful FO, very soft with a little bit of a halo (from the mohair) – I think it will be very warm this winter and the color will show off nicely against a grey or winter white coat.

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2 comments on “Purple velvet cables

  1. This is one beautiful scarf. Just stunning. Wow.

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