One of my favorite knitting books of all time, Last Minute Knitted Gifts, just released a sequel (do you call it a sequel when it’s another book of knitting patterns?) More Last Minute Knitted Gifts is just as wonderful as its predecessor, and I already have plans to make almost every pattern in the book (which is amazing, usually I only find one or two designs per book that I like enough to make).
The first one I tried – a satisfying quick knit, if a bit out of season right now – was this simple scarf, which takes the concept of lace, usually worked in fingering yarn, and gives it an entirely new twist in bulky yarn. The yarn I used is the same recommended by the pattern, Cascade Magnum, color midnight heather, knit on US 17 needles.
You need only one skein, and it knits up in just a couple of hours (maybe even less), but I think it will be good to wear only on the coldest of days – it’s almost 12 inches wide but it curls on the edges, and it’s not long enough to tie around your neck. You wouldn’t want to anyway, because it’s so bulky even in single thickness, it would pretty much cover you past your chin it you created multiple thicknesses by tying or looping it . . . The yarn is so thick it’s almost like knitting with roving. It will look beautiful worn outside a winter white coat, but I’ll probably need to cross it over once at my neck and then tuck the ends into the top of the coat, so it won’t keep unraveling.
I’m going to try the same concept in a little less bulky yarn – say, a chunky gauge knit on US 12 needles. We’ll see how that changes the lace effect . . .Pin It