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What to do on a snowy day?
I found myself snowed in (again) with the desire to knit something cozy. A quick knit for a “sit in front of the fire with some tea and watch the snow fall” weekend.
Even though this has been a record breaking snow year, I still enjoy living in four seasons again. The year-round warm sunny weather in San Diego limits the type of yarn you knit with (sounds tough I know). One of the first things I did when I moved to Tahoe after seven years in SoCal was to buy lots of merino and alpaca yarn. Luckily all I had to do now was raid my stash for some super soft Cascade Bulky Alpaca, perfect for a quick knit weekend project. Good thing I had that stash, hey?!
Extreme Curves Ahead
I grew up on the East Coast and learned to ski at Killington, Vermont. It was the first place my boyfriend (now husband of 25 years) and I skied together. Don’t think for a minute that I ever skied down this famous mogul run, but it should have been my first hint that marrying this guy would ultimately result in living in the snow.
This scarf is the exact opposite of the straight lined Showy Garter projects I’ve been knitting for the last few months. The curving Showy Decrease lines of this scarf remind me of the ski tracks on a mountain with fresh snow. I picked a creamy neutral color to highlights the amazing curves and texture of this modified popular pattern.
I love what adding our Nuances has done for the pattern!
The Hatch Stitch Edge
The last blog post focused on how the Showy Decrease and other Nuances can be used to improve traditional stitch patterns and edges.
As I mentioned, this pretty Hatch Edge, is a nice garter stitch alternative and has been our most popular post ever. It’s perfect for this edge that flows with the curve of the stitch pattern.
The Crossover Scarf
The infinity scarf is very popular, I love it too. Wrap it, twist in and you’ve got a versatile scarf. However, I’ve also become a big fan of this crossover scarf as the winter progresses. It’s practical for a number of reasons. Its short length is fast to knit, it’s not bulky and tucks in side your jacket to keep you warm. The scarf also lies flat on top of your sweater or coat and stays put. The wide dimension drapes on my shoulders comfortably and has quickly become my go to shawl when it gets a little chilly, inside or out.
I pulled out my handy dandy Coin Shawl Pins to keep the scarf in place. You can read about the Euro Coin pins here.
This free pattern is just for you, the blog followers!
We’ve had an amazing growth in followers in the past few months and I wanted to say thanks! No Ravelry links this time.
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There are three more projects that germinated from this swatching exercise so off I go to finish them. Want a sneak peek? Who am I to say no?!