Yesterday I taught my last Chinese calligraphy class for the term. I’m on holidays until May 3! I had decided on a month away in Scotland but at the last moment before booking, gave my holiday money away to Wayside Chapel who emailed an urgent appeal.
I’m at an age when one should SKI (spend the kids’ inheritance) so emptying the purse further to go away is not a concern but I decided to stay in Sydney during the wet months and volunteer to teach a new course next term. I hope I won’t regret the decision.
Now that the temperatures are starting to drop (at least in the mornings and evenings), I am going through my yarn stash to plan new projects. My skills are basic but with minimal effort one can still create some good effects. Besides, knitting is a great adventure for me as I am accident prone. I actually lost one needle at one point and substituted another 4mm needle to find that the result was narrower – do I worry? No, I kept going until I found the missing needle and went back to it, careful to repeat that mistake correspondingly on the other side of the scarf so it looks as if the narrowing was meant to be. Don’t try it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
I found two balls of fine yarn that I bought at a sale. I had imagined that I would knit a lace shawl but undoing a lace pattern when one makes a mistake can be a trauma so I decided to combine the two balls so I can use a thicker needle to make a quick scarf.
My favourite pattern is the garter stitch, of course: knit, knit, knit; knit stitches one after another ad infinitum. Easy but boring. So I decided to add a lace border at each end but still using the knit stitch only. Here’s the pattern I created:
Cast on 24 stitches using 4mm needles; this gave me a five inch width but it depends on the yarn you use. Add or subtract multiples of 4 stitches to change the width.
Row 1 and 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 4, *yo (yarn over needle), K2tog (Knit two stitches together). Knit 2* , repeat from * to * to the end of row.
Repeat Row 3 for an all over lace scarf or stop when you’re sick of it (for me, after 2 1/2 inches, i.e. half the width of the scarf) and switch to garter stitch (Knit every row).
If you’d switched to garter stitch you may want to revert to repeating Row 3 to finish with another border of lace at the other end. End with two rows of Knit stitches (i.e Row 1 & 2).
It’s finished in a jiffy so you won’t have time to get sick of it and end up stuffing it in a bag marked ‘to be finished’, where many a project languishes.
The above is the scarf with the all over lace pattern, that is repeating row 3 until the length desired, then end with two rows of knit stitches. I sew the ends together with a twist to make an infinity scarf. It looks a bit lumpy because I hadn’t washed or blocked the scarf (I never do). Doing so would even out the stitches and open up the pattern if you care about such things.