Knitting

Rainbow Scarf

I’m in love with this scarf! I made it out Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn combined with two different colors of Spud and Chloë sock yarn. The variegated is the Lorna’s Laces and the solid colors are Spud and Chloë.

scarfThe pattern is a free design available on Ravelry called The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Now, the pattern calls for a stitch gauge of 18 stitches to 4″, and I made this scarf with a gauge of 26 stitches to 4″. I used about 2 1/2 times the yardage the pattern called for because of the finer gauge.That’s a rough estimate. I’d recommend having three times the yardage if you were using the same gauge just to be sure.

When changing colors for the solid color sections, I chose to knit the eyelet rows in the solid color on both sides of the larger block of color. It’s important if you do this that you knit the row before the first row of the eyelet pattern in the solid color. That’s because when you switch to the garter stitch, you’ll be picking up the yarn from the row below in the knit stitches.

The final width of the scarf is 68″ and the depth is 20″. It’s not quite big enough to be a shawl or shawlette, but plenty big to wear as a scarf.

It gets a bit tedious knitting this pattern with the smaller gauge because you’re increasing 6 stitches every two rows and end up with a LOT of straight knitting. However, because it’s a relatively small project, it still goes fairly quickly.

The Lorna’s Laces yarn I used was purchased from Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nev., which is important to note because they have exclusive, limited edition hand-dyed colorways, although the colorway I used is not one of those.  Take a look at what else is available because they have lots of fun colorways to choose from! I was thrilled when the Spud & Chloë yarns I chose turned out to match perfectly.

Take a look at some of the other projects knit in this pattern on the Ravelry site. The choice of yarn makes a huge difference in the finished style, and there are lots of opportunities for a little flare.

 

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