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Seeded Stripes Scarf

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A few weeks ago, I went to my local yarn shop, Apple Valley Yarn Company in Midland, Michigan, looking for yarn to make a brioche cowl.  Sally was working and asked what I was shopping for.  I told her, and she directed me to many delicious options — all soft, squishy and utterly luxurious — yet nothing screamed “brioche cowl” to me.

Seeing my hesitation at her suggestions, she changed tactics and showed me a striped K1P1 scarf knitted up with Plymouth Gina yarn.  Before long, the scarf was around my neck and I promptly forgot all about the brioche cowl and wanted to make a scarf from the Gina yarn.  (Fickle, fickle, I know…)

Sally helped me choose four balls in different color ways and gave me the basic pattern formula for the scarf:  Choose two balls in contrasting color ways to begin, and knit two rows with Ball A and then two rows with Ball B.  Once those balls run out, repeat the process with the remaining two.

The ribbing pattern wasn’t singing to me — the stripes felt so defined and delineated — so I decided on seed stitch for a softer, more painterly effect.  The striping is still quite evident, but definitely more muted in seed stitch, an effect I really rather enjoy.  I’m glad I changed it up.

Seeded Stripes Scarf

Needles: Size 8

Cast-On: 32 stitches

Seed Stitch Pattern:

Row 1 – K1, P1 until end (ending with P1)

Row 2 – P1, K1 until end (ending with K1)

Repeat Rows 1 and 2, switching yarns after each completed row set, until the scarf is as long as you wish it to be (or until you run out of patience).  Bind off in pattern and weave in the ends.

Be sure that when changing colors for each row set that you bring the new yarn up from underneath the old yarn.  See the picture below for how that should look!

(Purple = old yarn and Red = new yarn)

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Meathead Hat

This Loopy Guy has taken quite a hiatus from this blog, but also from knitting in general since March.  February and March found me hot and heavy into knitting hats with Noro Silk Garden yarn.  Absolutely delicious!  Kody May provided all kinds of wonderful hat patterns, most especially the Brother-In-Law Basket-Weave Hat Pattern, the Seed Stitch Hat For My Man Pattern, and the Asminah’s Hat Pattern.

This past weekend, I was perusing my bookshelves at home and ran my thumb across the book Knitalong by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown.  The hyperlink will take you to the blog they maintain.  As I flipped through the pages of the book, I landed on the pattern for the Meathead Hat.  I cannot explain how the whimsy of the hat shape captured my imagination, but it sure did.  Enough so that I went out and bought size 15 straight needles and some bulky yarn.  Even though I’ve not ventured into this aspect of knitting, the opportunities for embellishment of this hat are pretty wide open and seem like fun to create. (Just go to Flickr, type Meathead Hat into the search field, and see for yourself!) Who knows?  Perhaps my family will end up with personalized meathead hats for Christmas this year.

Once I get my prototype knitted up, I’ll post a picture.  Until then, time for me to get loopy!

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