It is so good to be finally able to think about winter travels.... After so many months at home, the idea of donning a thick winter sweater and heading for the hills is blissful.
As a knitter, I have found this quite inspiring as there's not a lot of need for winter woollies in Florida! However, the mere thought of biting northerly winds has made me dig out my needles and yarn.
However, before I started with any of my own knitting I remembered that my husband, Tim, has been asking for a new scarf for ages. I had a look in the yarn stores and found a wonderful soft mid-grey to contrast with a deep wine-red – his favourite colours!
This is Cascade 220 Sport, which is a lovely soft 100% wool yarn. The red is called Burgundy and the grey is Charcoal Grey. The combination gave the perfect degree of contrast for the striped design I had in mind.
I also wanted the scarf to be squishy and warm, so I opted for using two ends of a thinner yarn together rather than one thicker one. I am finding that is almost my go-to method these days. I love the way this builds extra warmth into a scarf or hat plus also opening up the possibilities of using a single strand for a matching pair of gloves.
If you would like to read more about the delights of working with two ends of yarn held together, then please have a look at my "Seeing Double" blogpost series from earlier this year here.
For the scarf I wanted a reversible stitch with a lot of texture and character, so selected Granite Stitch from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. This is an easy stitch to work but has such an interesting texture and depth.
You will probably have seen me mention before in my blogposts that reversible stitches tend to lay flat, but this one is exceptional in that even the edges are firm and do not roll. This means that I could run the pattern right to the edges for a very modern look.
That also makes it easier to work, of course, because there is no border to be worked at either edge. In fact the only stitch that has to be worked differently is the very end selvedge stitch! This makes the pattern good for working on while you are travelling or when you are with other people in a group on holiday get-togethers.
Until next time, happy knitting!