slightly unravelled

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Hat & scarf set

I made this bobble-less version of the Forbes Forest scarf from Scarf Style. I wanted a super-soft yarn so I settled on Andean Silk. Knitpicks suggests needle size 6 to 9 for that yarn, but in order to make a solid fabric that would show the cables well, I had to go down to a size 4. With the small needles and all the cables, the scarf took me over two months to make.

I initially tried to steam block the scarf, but that didn't adequately combat its curling tendency. I then did a wet-block, which worked much better. It was flat when I gave the scarf, but with wear it started to curl a little, but not too badly.

At the last minute, I realized the recipient really needed a hat. I wanted to make a hat that would knit up quickly, wouldn't take too much yarn, and would go (well enough) with the scarf. I ended up using this simple ribbed hat pattern from Fig and Plum (which was brought to my attention recently when Schrodinger also made it). Due to lack of time/yarn/patience, I made it shorter so it doesn't fold up. I also adjusted it for sizing and for yarn gauge, making 8 sections instead of 5 or 6. It ended up being a cute and comfy hat, and I love the star effect on the top!

Ribbed Hat Ribbed hat -- fancy top!

The scarf contains about 7 balls of the Andean Silk, and the hat used about 1.5 balls. As desired, the Andean Silk made it very soft and cozy.

Hat & scarf set


  • That scarf is great!!! It must have taken you forever with #4 needles, you are very patient. And, of course, I think the hat is lovely. I bet they are so soft and lovely in the Andean silk too.

    By Blogger schrodinger, at 1/06/2007 9:59 PM  

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