I have to admit, this project drove me a little bit crazy because I am not an exceptionally patient person, and the scarf seemed to go on forever and ever. I knit through 2 seasons of 2 different TV shows, one movie, a flight to the Domenican Republic, a flight back from the Domenican, and about 3 re-runs of my Spotify playlist before this scarf was completely knitted. It ended up being about my height when I finished, and I was overall pretty satisfied with the result.
I have a previous post detailing the start of my knitting journey, back before I realized how much of my winter break would be dedicated to this scarf.
I chose a simple pattern alternating knitting and purling with a nice navy and cream color scheme, since I felt that it would be masculine enough to give to a guy. Because I didn’t want it to be too chunky, I used number 8 needles with medium yarn. Little did I know that medium yarn goes so much slower than chunky yarn.
I got so caught up in the project that I even knitted on the beach! I definitely was that strange girl knitting by the pool.
At the beginning, I would somehow add stitches as I knitted. I started by casting 45 stitches, but a few inches in, I ended up with 52 stitches! It was very odd, but I managed to fix this problem by combining some of the stitches.
You can see the uneven parts of my knitting very clearly on the first cream stripe I knit. The final cream stripe looks much better, and I think it is a way of marking my progress.
I think the most important thing I learned from this project was to relax. At first, my stitches were so tight I couldn’t even fit the needle through. Maybe relaxing is a lesson I could apply to my everyday life as well?
I gave this scarf to my friend a week ago, and I think he likes it because I see him wearing it often. Or maybe he’s just being polite. Either way, it makes me really happy when I see him around campus with the scarf!