This little project really has been the collaboration of cool knitters. Last month Kim sent me this gorgeous Blue Sky Alpaca 100% alpaca yarn – two glorious yummy skeins of it.
Look at that little alpacky on the label – so cute!
Even though I had plenty of other things on the sticks, I felt the need to immediately knit with it – although I have to say, I was just tempted to wear it around my neck like so:
But, you know, I figured the skein would get tangled eventually and it would be a total pain to wash, and besides, by just wearing the skein I would be denying myself the pleasure of knitting with this yarn.
Thanks to Nora
, I found a link to a project with a great stitch pattern. Since I had two skeins, I thought that would be too much for a cowl, so I figured I could make a short scarf – scarflet really – and button it closed. So a cowl-but-not. I even swatched!! I had to work out how many stitches to the inch, so I knew how many stitches to cast on – since I knit this lenthways, rather than from the short side.
And then, with more thanks to Nora
, I got a great button! Let’s all say in our best Sesame Street voice: “Co-op-er-a
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca 100% alpaca, 2x50g skeins in colour 508 (lot 9604) – gorgeous charcoaly grey softest soft alpacky.
Sticks: 5mm KP Options – this is really a sportweight/5ply yarn, but I wanted it really drapey, and the 5mm sticks were a good choice I think.
Pattern: The stitch pattern is so very easy:
Row 1: (k1, sl1 with yarn in front (wyif)), repeat to end
Rows 2 & 4: sl first stitch p/wise, purl to end
Row 3: k2, (sl1 wyif, k1) repeat to end
I cast on 150 stitches and just knit until I ran out of yarn, adding a buttonhole in the “right” spot when I got to it – in the end, before blocking the scarflet measured 24cm/9″ wide and 71cm/28″ long, post-blocking it was 27cm/10″ wide and 81cm/32″ long.
9 May 1008 – 18 May 2008. A pleasure to knit the entire time!
What I learnt: Even using a nice flat stitch pattern, the scarflet will curl…sigh (the picture above is pre-blocking). I think I’m going to add very small press-studs or hook & eye closures on the edges near the button. I did think I was tempting fate by putting a buttonhole in the middle rather than at the edge!
But still, I do love this alpacky scarflet and the lovely knitterly goodness it represents!