Monday, February 11, 2008

My Fancy Herringbone Scarf, Red for Valentine

Not really red for Valentine... it just so happened that the color combination was irresistible: two strands of 8/2 tencel solid Spice, which is nice, muted red, and one strand of the 8/2 tencel variegated Spice combo, which has spice, black, a shade of pink and brown...

Then I found an interesting textured stitch in my one and only Barbare G. Walker book, Charted Knitting Designs, bought in a secondhand bookshop just when I began my knitting hobby a few years back... the stitch looked a lot like that used in "My So-called Scarf," which I had wanted to try but was knida intimidated by the seemingly elaborate knitting and purling techniques.

The Fancy Herringbone stitch pattern was rather easy... alternate purl and knit rows with slip-stitching, yarn-over and psso... and produced a lovely, thick fabric which wasn't so thick since I knitted with 3 strands of laceweight yarn ons size 8 needles...

This scarf, I hope, will be my first ever scarf to be offered for sale, marking by debut as a professional hand-knitter. I'm thinking of calling my work, Handknit Dreams...

In view of the season, though, I'm nicknaming this my Valentine scarf. Unfortunately, because tencel is shiny, the pics I've taken have not been able to properly capture the spicy red-ness of the yarn combination.

These shots were more for showing off the Fancy H stitch rather than the color.


This one at left is closer to the actual color. The one at right is too orange (I just can't remember which light setting I used in my camera-phone so I won't use it ever again). Both shots were taken outdoors but one was during a bright sunny day (most likely the orangey shot).

The reverse side is just as pretty looking, although oddly circular vis-a-vis the angular "right side".


I'll soon take pics of my other tencel scarf, a plain garter stitch scarf in a luscious Blue Purple combo. It's done, just needs fringing...

2 comments:

Monica Silva said...

Hi Amy,
Good luck with your knitting brand- Handknit Dreams. Have a fun Valentine's Day.

Dreaming Knitter said...

Thanks... I'm pretty excited about it. I have an idea for a skinny scarf myself, using a slip stitch pattern :-) hope you also enjoyed Hearts Day!