So ever since I first saw a linen stitch scarf, I had to have one. But I'd always forget to start one. You know how it is - you find a project that you absolutely love, but don't have time at the moment to start it. You're working on a different project, maybe a gift so you can't cast on again until you finish it, or you just get busy and have no time. Soon enough, you forget all about it, until you rediscover it one day and wonder, "Why, again, did I not make this yet?"
This is the second scarf I've made that's not the plain garter stitch scarves that everyone makes when they learn how to knit. The first one was for my mother, and once I was done with hers, I decided I wanted a scarf. So I gathered various yarns - ones that I knit from before and weren't long enough for some other project, a bunch of yarns given to me by my mother that I would never really use for myself, and yarns that I just had to have
but kept putting off using them until I found the perfect project, then realized after a while that yarn is really just ugly and why did I buy it in the first place?
There are 21 total yarns that I used, and they are a mix. All of them are acrylic, except one might be wool? I'm not too sure. Most of them are just plain, worsted weight yarn - both solid colored and variegated - and a few are textured yarns - again, both solid colored ones and variegated ones. I'm not sure about the weights of the textured yarns, but I know they weren't all the same. I wanted to just pick a yarn at random and knit it, but of course my math brain went, "Okay, seven textured and fourteen plain. I'll do two rows of normal yarn, then a row of textured." I'm not very good at random, it seems. Since every two rows in linen stitch is kind of like one row in stockinette, I tried to knit two rows of each color. I didn't have enough of some yarn, so I actually did two rows of 18 of the yarns, one row of one of the yarns, then three rows of the other two. Anyway, I finished it today - with 10 minutes to spare before we left to see a movie.
It's knit lengthwise. I kind of used a pattern off Ravelry - I can't find the link any more - but it used super bulky yarn and size 15 needles. I had mostly worsted weight, as I said before, and used size 9 needles, so I just cast on more stitches. I think the original pattern called for 310, but I cast on 400. If you counted, which you probably didn't and I don't blame you, I did 43 rows. With 400 stitches each row, that's 17200 stitches. Since each row is a different yarn, I left a long tail at both the beginning and end of each row to create a fringe - because I didn't think I could make it look good if I weaved the ends in. I was going to cut it shorter, but my mom convinced me not to, not that that was hard to do, though.
I tied the yarns together so that it won't unravel with time. I think they're in bunches of about six yarns tied together.
typing. Onto pictures!
This one was after I completed five rows.
And here you can see it bunched up on my circular needle.
After a few more rows.
Here I was about three, four rows after the middle? / close up of the stitch.
I was almost done here! I kept taking pictures to show people my progress, hah. And again, you can see it bunched up on the needles. I had no clue how long it was going to be when I was done.
My mom caught me binding off.
The whole thing! It ended up being 7' (a bit more than 2 meters) long. The fringe ended up being about a foot on each side, though not all the yarns were the same length, making the whole scarf 9' (about 2.75 meters) long! Also I am tiny.
And that's it! I wore it out to the movies tonight, and it was snowing when we came out! First white Christmas my city has had since 1969, according to the news today. It kept me warm!