Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cashmere & Alpaca







I got to knit these scarves with fabulous yarn.  The long scarf is for my brother Mike for his 50th birthday and it is knit with Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande Paint in color #8815.  This stuff is thick, soft, luxurious, cuddly... you get the idea.  The whole time I was knitting the scarf I kept stopping to fondle it.  I even made Paul & Mike & Julie fondle it so they would understand my idiosyncrasies ;)  The cute little neckwarmer is for Julie.  She saw the scarf at Island Wool in Friday Harbor and fell in love with it.  How could I say no when she offered to buy the Classic Yarns Cashmere Tweed if I would knit it for her.  I never say no to cashmere! Her color choice was Sisal and it will look great on her.  

I knit Mikes scarf on size 10 (US) turbo addis and it is a simple rib pattern:

row 1:  *k3, yf S1PW yb, repeat from*, end with k3
row 2:  k1, yf S1PW yb, *k3, S1PW yb, repeat from *, end with k1
b/o on row one in a k3, p1 patten

This pattern is know as Eve's Rib

For Julie's scarf I used the same rib pattern.  For the ruffles on the ends I c/0 60 and then k2tog for the first 2 rows to end with 15 sts for the length of the scarf.  A couple of inches into the scarf I did a one row button hole over 9 stitches.  At the end of the scarf I k1f&b of each stitch for the last 2 rows to end with 60 sts and b/o knitwise.   This is a free pattern that I got from Island Wool in Friday Harbor.  I took Mike & Julie in during our island vacation and let them pick their own yarn.  You have to admit...  they both have VERY good taste!

Finally thank you very much to Julie for sending me the picture of her and Mikey wearing their beautiful new scarves.  I didn't get them finished before they had to leave and go back home to Pennsylvania so I had to mail them.  

1 comment:

Jennifer Kratz said...

Love, Love, Love! Man, I was hoping I'd be able to knit what Uncle Mike was wearing, but I didn't understand anything but k3- knit 3. yikes, I have a whole LANGUAGE to learn!