Hunched up against the howling autumn gales, I’ve been knitting. A lot. This will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody who knows me at all.
I’ve been keeping one project semi-secret until now, because I’m writing up the pattern for you, and because I’ll probably initially be putting the
blimmin’ thing ‘out there’ via a guest post I’ve got coming up soon on the Deramores blog. (But don’t disappear: the free pattern will also appear here, too.)
Anyway, the idea came from a simple question: what happens when you cross a scarf with a shawl? And the answer is this. (But what to call it? A scrawl? A sharf? I’m liking scrawl so far, but I’m odd like that…)
The shape was intended to provide the wearability of a scarf, combined with the sloping sides and substantial shape of a shawl. I added a fringe to each end to emphasize the waterfall-like cascade of the ends. The sloping sides also mean that the ends of the scarf aren’t too thick – I’m not a fan of cramming acres of thick scarfy fabric inside my coat.
The design owes a tiny bit to this picture in the front of a book, which made me think of painting colour into the world with yarn, which is pretty much the core of what this blog is about:-
Now, for the bad news, for anyone planning to knit one: it’s all done in 1×1 rib. Mad, you might think. But I wanted the stripes to be perfect on both sides. You’ve got enough to deal with in your life without worrying about whether your
scarf shawl scrawl is the right way round. Also, ribbing is thick and stretchy: perfect for a scrawl, no?
I made a prototype in Katia Azteca, a soft aran-weight ombre feast of colour, and chucked in a sneaky blue stripe, just to be sure:-
And I checked technical aspects of the final pattern using swatches:-
And then I lined up some balls of a beautifully-shaded wool-alpaca blend, ready to knit. (Lima by Bergère de France, in case you’re interested.)
And started to knit. Here’s the result:-
Now, I’ll be writing up the pattern very shortly, free for y’all, because I love the people I’ve met and ‘met’ through blogging, and I want to give something back. The pattern might be a little different from patterns that you’re used to, in that for some parts you’ll be able to choose between the ‘doing it properly’ instructions and the ‘fudging it’ instructions.
But rest assured, it’ll be just as bonkers as anything else you’ve ever seen at the Twisted Yarn. 🙂