Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Knitted Christmas Gift #2 Revealed!

Pattern: Ruched Scarf, my own pattern

Yarn: Elann's Peruvian Baby Cashmere in Cashmere Blue- 3.5 balls

Needles: Size 7 Brittnay Birch Straights and Size 3 Clover Bamboo Straights


-Pattern: In keeping with a coworker-declared mandate that our office must make gifts for one another this year, I knitted this scarf for my boss. She's a very petite woman who dresses in crisply tailored suits with a few feminine touches, and in a very restricted color palette of black, cream, beige and the occasional splash of powder blue or lipstick red. I had success choosing a pair of earrings for her last year that she wears on a regular basis, so I was looking forward to trying to knit her something that would work with her aesthetic. I decided a little ruched scarf, something that could be thrown casually around the neck and worn in our arctic office and look sophisticated and ladylike, was just the ticket. You'll notice that this knitted Christmas gift is listed as #2, and yet I'm only revealing it now. That's because the actual knitting of this scarf was bor-ing, and we don't actually exchange gifts until later this week, so I got this one started early and then put it on the back burner.
The 'pattern', if you will, is simply a cast on of 60 stitches with size 7's, *stockinette for 16 rows, then k2tog across using size 3's, knitting 5 more garter stitch rows with the small needles, then kfb across using the 7's again, repeat from * until sufficient length is reached, then 16 more stockinette rows.

-Yarn: This yarn is called "Baby Cashmere", but the cashmere content is only 10%. Still, for the price, it's a nice yarn. Pretty soft (though I think that the baby alpaca used is not the best quality-- every now and then I felt a fiber go through my fingers that was a little prickley. Because of the alpaca, this yarn has a fine halo that helps it look full even with knitted with size 7's. The color happens to be just what I was looking for for my very particular boss, and luckily Elann's online color representations are true to life, at least on my monitor.

1 comment:

malcomama said...

Lucky lady who receives this gorgeous thing!!!