Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Gift of Blocking

And now we take a break from the creepy knitting to bring you this finished project! The Gift of Friendship Scarf by Christine McKnight knit with Schaefer Anne.

This was a great knit! The pattern is very easy to memorize. A bitch to tink, but using a life line was a life saver. I used a fingering weight and didn't really worry about gauge. What I should have worried about was pre-blocking vs blocking. Note to self - knit a swatch and wash and block to calculate percentage of growth next time you knit a lace project where gauge isn't critical. Duh.

Pre-blocking the scarf measured 7.5" wide and 32" long. Kind of short, I know. I figured I'd knit until I got good and tired of knitting. Schaefer Anne has a lot of yardage so I got good and tired of knitting a little sooner than I expected. I kept guesstimating how long the scarf was actually going to be, and I guess all that thinking hurt my head because one night I just decided that I was done. (See the note to self above.) I finished the garter edge and decided that I had planned all along for a shorter scarf. And truthfully, I like this scarf shorter. It's not meant to be a muffler, just some fluff for the neck area to keep out the draft. I like how it looks draping across the front of the neck, crossing the ends behind the neck and bringing the ends back to the front and tucking. (Basically the exact opposite of how a scarf is traditionally wrapped.)

With blocking it measures 8" wide and 44.5" long. Not too bad! I love how the mesh highlights the subtle color changes in the yarn. The yarn reminds me of blueberry bushes. Any guesses as to where this scarf is going? It is a gift, after all...

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Blogger Allegra said...

I love the scarf! It looks great!

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is beautiful.

2:02 AM  
Blogger kris said...

that is one beautiful scarf! whoever receives it is well lucky.

did it only take one hank of the anne? because i have a delish one in my stash ...

4:46 AM  
Blogger Hilde C. said...

That's one beautiful scarf! I really like the mesh pattern, and as you say, it highlights the colours in a beautiful way :-)

6:06 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

very very pretty! and i do think that it's the perfect size!

10:07 AM  
Blogger misplacedpom said...

Pretty! I'm guessing (knowing full well that I'm wrong) that it's going to be for the gift exchange? Only guessing that cause I kind of want it ;)

10:13 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

Oh, pretty!

I'm guessing that you're going to give it to the first red-headed midget you see on Christmas eve? No? Those colors would look great with red hair.

1:02 PM  
Blogger annmarie said...

that's really purty! :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger Dipsy Doodle said...

It's amazing what blocking can do to a knitted project, isn't it? I absolutely adore your scarf - what a beautiful pattern, and the yarn you've been using is so delicious too! Fantastic work!

Dipsy D.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

It's very pretty - the mesh pattern is great with the yarn!

9:59 PM  
Blogger dirt said...

sweet scarf, and awesome weblog, i'm glad your brother told me about it.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Mary, Mary... said...

I'm betting that it's going to Hila. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. beautiful scarf!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Knittypants said...

A very pretty scarf, I really like the shorter length.

5:57 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Blocking is the best isn't it? It looks great.

10:14 PM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Blocking magic at work! Lovely scarf. The pattern and colors are just delightful.

1:47 PM  

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