Today I have another in-progress project to share: the Maurits scarf (with my Ravelry notes) by Andrea Rangel for Brooklyn Tweed. This scarf is a colorwork infinity loop with a bold geometric pattern. I really love the design and was drawn to this pattern as soon as I saw it. I always enjoy colorwork knitting projects. Even though they’re time-consuming, the finished projects always look so intricate and interesting.
Choosing the colors for this scarf was an interesting experience. I debated between using two bold colors or one bold color mixed with a neutral (as in the pattern photo above). I had asked John to drive me to Gather Here to pick up the yarn, but we encountered the worst rush-hour traffic along the way and were exhausted by the time we got there. As a result, I promised him I wouldn’t be more than 10 minutes in the shop. Listen people, 10 minutes is not enough time to pick out colors for a knitting project! What was I thinking?? The blue and yellow combination was a total rush decision, but I’m happy with it in the end. Next time I’ll walk to the store and take my time though.
The yarn is Cascade 220 fingering, nothing fancy. I picked up 2 hanks of each color at $5/hank, for a total of $20. The pattern was $7, so overall this project cost me only $27. Not bad! I really enjoy the zen process of knitting, but my biggest complaint is how unbelievably expensive yarn can be. As a small project with a workhorse yarn, this scarf is something I can justify purchasing on my crafty budget.
I’m using a US 4 (3.5 mm), 16-inch circular needle, which is *just* long enough for this scarf without needing to use double-pointed needles. With a fingering weight yarn, the resulting knitted fabric is actually quite loose. I suspect the pattern calls for this because the scarf is circular, so there are two layers to wrap around your neck. A thicker fabric might be overwhelming!
As with all colorwork projects, I’m trying to keep my floats nice and neat on the inside. This is more to satisfy my perfectionist tendencies than for any functional reason. 🙂 As the pattern recommends, I’m holding the blue yarn as dominant and the yellow as background. FYI, I knit with both colors in one hand; it’s just what feels comfortable for me.
The little bit of pink yarn you can see in the photo above is from the provisional cast on. Once the scarf is long enough, the beginning and end are grafted together. I’ve grafted plenty of projects in my day, but this process still scares the crap out of me! It’s just not intuitive to me.
At my current pace, it will likely be next winter before this scarf is ready to wear, but whatever! Knitting is a hobby I pick up almost entirely for its relaxing qualities, and I’m in no particular rush to finish this project. I also really enjoy knitting in the fall, as I know many of you do as well. BTW, I went to Rhinebeck this year and had a wonderful time – such a great fall tradition. There’s just something about the combination of yarn, a crisp fall day, and a steaming cup of apple cider that is impossible to resist.
Have you been knitting anything lately? Do you use one hand or two for two-color projects?