Saturday, June 6, 2009
At the moment there is nothing long about this Swiss Cheese Scarf and even though it’s full of holes, it’s fast becoming one drawn out affair. Relegated to pockets of time requiring high portability, low concentration crafting activity, i.e. the weekly swimming lesson (not mine), four months has yielded 23 inches of (ventilated) woolly warmth. At this rate I’ll have my scarf ready to roll somewhere in the middle of our scorching summer holiday, in which case I'll no doubt be appreciative of air holes.
As much as I am impatient for things to get a wriggle on, (it’s scarf weather NOW), I am thoroughly enjoying the knit. It has been hanging around for so long, it’s become an old friend. I am also loving the texture of the garter stitch as it navigates its way around the holey pattern and am constantly stretching the wool pretending to check for mistakes but really looking for secret ooh! and aah! opportunity. Because I have done one of these scarves in the same wool before, I also know how well it blocks and that I am not living in the land of wishful thinking to really push the stretch and savour the texture.
My first Swiss Cheese Scarf, (find the free pattern here – you’ll need to do the sign up thing at Ravelry), headed off to a friend in Holland and required a whole lot more concentration. If you knit as per the pattern you will end up with small holes that look like a dropped stitch, either side of the big holes. Many don’t seem to mind, but I couldn’t squint enough to ignore them. Here is the formula I was happy with after some experimentation, or try Ravelry for alternative suggestions.
Have a lovely (and, for we lucky Aussies, long) weekend!