Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sunglasses optional

Check out what the mailman brought me yesterday ... 6 skeins of Malabrigo! What delicious colours, sigh! I'm thinking ahead to gifts of perhaps Koolhaus or Tudora or Foliage
I can hardly wait to get started!

What is this, you may ask? This is the easiest, quickest most luxurious scarf I've ever made ... actually, over the past 4 years, I've made at least 20 of these as gifts, all of which have been greeted with squeals of delight. I must confess, I am not a chenille fan, nor even a novelty yarn fan, however, I've made an exception when it comes to this yarn. The colours are so rich and the texture unbearably soft.

Here's how easy it is:

(Note: the original pattern was a freebie from Paton's, but I've modified it somewhat)


2 balls of Paton's Bohemian Yarn (the last, from my stash!)
8 mm needles (check out my fab Lantern Moon needles!)

Cast on 13 stitches. Knit plain garter stitch until you have almost finished the 2 balls, or have reached desired length. Sometimes, I buy 3 balls and create 2 scarves from it, casting on only 11 stitches in that case.

When you have about 2 feet of yarn left, you need to cast off. Slip the first 2 stitches, knitwise, to your right needle, then knit 2, cast off 1 and continue until you have 2 stitches left on your left needle. Cut your yarn and draw it through 3rd to last stitch, leaving the last 2 stitches hanging. Then all you do is tug and loosen the stitches all the way down each side, until you have wonderful loops all the way down. I hold the fabric in the left hand and then at the end of each row, give it a sharp tug to the right and loosen the stitches. Turn it around when you reach the end of the one side, so fabric is always in your left hand and repeat. Weave in ends and that's it!

Note, if you want longer loops, slip 3 stitches, instead of 2 and continue on as previously stated.

I particularly like that this scarf is so warm, yet not bulky around my neck, as the centre section is actually quite narrow. Beware, this scarf will 'grow' in length with use, so don't get sucked into thinking you need a third ball!


Gaile said...

Very pretty (the new yarn and the scarf)! Did you know that 88 Stitches in Langley carries Malabrigo? I'm actually going over there today, so wish me luck on the darn ferry!

I'm taking a sock to knit on while waiting.

Virtuous said...

Now you know I gushed when I saw all that Mal! ;op

Hey! What are you doing on top of the washer machine!! Isn't DST in effect over there now!?!? Haha!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Danielle said...

Love the new colors of yarn, and the link to the foliage hats on knitty I've never seen (they are so pretty, hmmm.)

I'm also not fond of novelty yarns, but that scarf looks soft and squooshy :)

Tara said...

Wow, that's a LOT of Malabrigo! So jealous! Great pattern choices, by the way ;)

Jackie said...

Very nice scarf, thanks for sharing the pattern.

Love the colours of your yarn. Beautiful intensities of colour.

Marianne said...

The scarf is really funny, thanks for the pattern !
Lovely Mmmmmmalabrigo's you have over there :-)

mames said...

thank you for always leaving such lovely comments about my boys. i really appreciate the time you take to come by and comment. i do wish blogger made it easier for us all to communicate....i always mean to immediately reply, 'mean to' being the operative words. and i am so jazzed about the scarf tutorial, it looks fun and yummy. i know what will be hitting xmas stockings next season.

cinnamongirl93 said...

I like the scarf. It looks so comfortable and easy to make. I'll have to put this one on my to do list. The Malabrigo is the yummiest! It will make a great Koolhaus and for sure a Tudora. I've made 2 Tudora's and the Mmmalabrigo works perfectly! Happy knitting to you!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Ohhh, that Malabrigo is killing me! I love it for one skein projects as you get to try out a lot of different colors that way:)