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 Quince & Co Chickadee Sportweight, which is a lovely soft 100% wool yarn. The deep wine-red is appropriately called "Malbec" from their regular Sportweight line, and the grey is "Kittiwake" from their co-ordinating Organic Heather selection. The combination of the two colours gave the perfect degree of contrast for the striped design I had in mind.
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.
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.
The finished scarf as shown here is 23cm/9 ins wide and 183cm/72 ins long, so is a good length for wrapping around the neck. However, I have also included instructions for two other sizes in the pattern:
- a shorter slimmer scarf: 20cm/8 ins wide x 156cm/62 ins long,
- and a larger one: 25cm/10 ins wide x 183cm/72 ins long.
To read more information about the new Petersfield Scarf knitting pattern please click here. It is available for instant download from the site so you'll be able to start your knitting straight away.
I hope you are able to travel or get together with your families this winter – complete with needles and yarn to knit your next winter scarf!
Until next time – Happy knitting!
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. . . . . Adding an update, 11 Jan 2023: There is also now a pattern for a co-ordinating hat, the Petersfield Beanie Hat. Find the hat pattern here, or if you would like to purchase both patterns they are available as a set in the Petersfield Collection. To read more, see my blogpost here.
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