I have been spending more time knitting recently. I guess I needed a break from quilting, well that and it is hard to lug my sewing machine around to doctors offices and sports practices. :) Over Christmas break I knitted up this warm and snuggly ribbon scarf for my sisters birthday.
The yarn is a wonderful blend of mohair and silk. The scarf is nice and warm as well as soft. I would have kept it for myself had it not made me itch. (wool allergy) . I used the pattern Ruffled Lace Scarf from Suzie Blackman. This was a nice manageable pattern, paired with this yarn, I was reminded of the joys of knitting.
I purchased yarn for these ski head-wraps back in, oh I guess it was September, and just recently got around to stitching them up. I thought they would make nice Christmas gifts for friends/family in the cooler climates.
The method used for the head-wraps is called Double knitting. Double knitting is just what it sounds like, you knit the front and the back at the same time. This gives you a reversible image on the opposite side. I had never heard of double knitting before so I decided to give it a whirl. The book Knit Hats! 15 cool patterns to keep you warm was a impulse purchase. I believe I have acquired most of my patterns that way. The most challenging thing with this type of knitting was the Gauge. I am typically a loose knitter. With this new method I wasn't sure, sometimes with a new process I knit tighter. I went with the needles that were recommended. Guess what? Yep, still a loose knitter. Apparently the method of knitting, for me anyway, does not make my stitches tighter.
Both of these head-wraps were knit with the same number of stitches. The larger one was knit on a size 6 needle and the smaller on a size 4. What a difference! The wrap knit on a size 4 is 2 inches smaller than the other. The wrap knitted on the size 6 is Okay. I just wasn't as impressed with the end result as I wanted to be, hence the remake. The larger wrap still works fine, better actually for larger heads. Double knitting tends to S-T-R-E-T-C-H! a ton. The fact that the larger wrap is, well larger, coupled with the extra stretch give the wearer a looser garment. The smaller wrap still stretches definitely looks better to me and it wears tighter. I guess it just depends on your preference.