I have to admit that I never saw the point of decorative scarves. Won’t people stare at me all funny if I wear a scarf in May, no matter how decorative and pretty? But now I totally understand. It’s the fun of making them! And they’re quick too, since they don’t have to be really wide to block out the arctic winter.
Last night I started the Boteh Scarf.
The yarn I ended up going with is Cherry Tree Hill supersock in Green Mountain Madness. I love it! This is a really quick project too (isn’t all crochet quick?) I cannot imagine how it’s going to be long enough to be all lovely and drapey like the model’s though… this is 4 out of 16 repeats. But I guess it does spiral. We shall see. It’s also going to have a border going all the way around.
I spent the rest of my evening swatching, since I’m not sure about my next sweater project. Some of these swatches are big, some are small (hey, I got bored!) and they should all be clickable
1. Berroco Ultra Silk, swatched for Nadine (Berroco pattern) If you like the stretchiness of Calmer I think you would like this yarn. It’s really stretchy, and knits to worsted weight on big (size 10) needles. It fluffs up nicely after blocking. I really like it, although tensioning the yarn is a little tough.
2.Cascade Pima Tencel, swatched for Sizzle tank – I just plain like this yarn, which knits at 5 st/in on size 6 needles. It turns out very soft and drapey, with a slight fuzzy haze (and sheds like mad while you knit – blocking reduces this.)
3. Valley Yarns Longmeadow, swatched for a Jaeger pattern – This yarn has a bit more body than I expected. It is slightly splitty but not excessively so. I need to practice more on this stitch pattern, you can see so many errors above! Overall this yarn is just ok. It didn’t wow me, but I didn’t hate it either.
4. Jaeger Siena, for another Jaeger pattern – A very “crisp” feeling mercerized cotton. While I hate heavier weights of mercerized yarns, I do like this one. It feels nice to knit with. This swatch was knitted with size 3s. Size 2s would probably suit better, as this swatch is a bit loose and didn’t block well.
5. GGH Java, swatched for Flair – This yarn is a cotton/acrylic mix. It was fine to knit with – slightly stretchy and not too splitty, much like other cotton/acrylic yarns. The yarn blooms with blocking, and it looks much more even than it did before. Knits to 4.5 st/in on size 7 needles. Although I did get gauge for the pattern I want to make, I’m not making it with this yarn. Flair is a swingy, boxy jacket thing, and I feel it needs a yarn with more body – this yarn is a tad too drapey after blocking, I don’t believe the jacket would hold its shape.