So the end of August is leering over our sun loving shoulders and the rain it brings with it is worrying us into thinking about when is the appropriate time to start Christmas shopping. I know how brutal winter in the UK can be so I’m preparing early, you know, just to be on the safe side. I decided to get ahead knitting a winter scarf in August. Crazy, you might think, but remember how long it takes to knit a long enough scarf for an adult and one that will actually keep you warm when the unwanted snow swoops in causing all sorts out chaos and practically shutting the country down. Well, as I’m still on long term sick from work, it took me a mere couple of days -.-
I knew I wanted to incorporate a variety of patterns to keep it interesting rather than end up crumpled like a crisp packet under my sewing desk or in my wool supply basket. I lose so many sets of knitting needles by leaving them in half finished projects and not wanted to pull them out in case one day I miraculously decided to pick it up again and find it much less boring than I did the first time. This never happens. That’s why I enjoyed knitting this scarf, I included double moss stitch, arrow patterns, chequered patterns and lace styles. It makes an unfashionable, stuck in the past knitted scarf into an interesting and surprisingly very cute one. Some people don’t understand that knitting (and crocheting!) can be brought into this modern day an age, but that’s why my blog and I are here.
To knit this scarf I used 6 x 50g balls of Sirdar’s AMERICANA cotton blend wool/yarn. I’m going to give you guys my own review on this wool as I know I would find good reviews helpful when choosing which wool to knit with. The good points about this wool were the amazing colour blends, I absolutely fell in love with the flecked splashed that now pop out on my scarf. At first, when casting on, I thought it was going to be tricky to knit with as the individual thread were starting to separate but after the third row it had sorted itself how and maybe I just needed to adjust to the cotton blend. It doesn’t have a much stretch in a finished project as some other double knits but I didn’t want that for my scarf anyway, you may just want to bare it in mind depending on your project. It seems to last forever which never happens when it comes to cotton or a 50g wool but I actually had two balls left over meaning it took only 200g to knit such a long scarf, I am very impressed with that. I paid £3.55 a ball at my Mum’s local knitting store in Maldon, Essex called Pins and Needles so it is a middle of the range price.
Now I’m most likely the only Brit you will here say “I’m looking forward to winter” in August, especially after the good weather we finally received this year!
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