Before I went into the hospital I decided I needed to take along some comfort knitting. My other projects were all at a stage where they required thought and/or concentration -- not suitable for hospital knitting under the infuence of painkillers. I scrounged in the stash and decided to make a scarf for the Red Scarf Project.
I was using up odd balls of yarn left over from previous projects. Ravelry-ed here. But that edging was a challenge. It came about because I was not satisfied with how the ends were woven in... and there were a LOT of ends. A black edging would cover them and also enhance the stained glass effect.
First, I did an attached i-cord. Somehow I had it in my head that attached i-cord covers the edge. Nope, it just sits on one side on top of the edge. No go, rip.
Plan B was to was to pick up stitches all along the long edge, work enough rows of stockinette so it would wrap around the edge, then do a sewn bind-off, somehow attaching the black stockinette to the other side of the scarf. I got to the sewn bind-off part and realized that the "somehow attach to the other side" part was not as simple as I had envisioned. After a frustrating attempt, rip.
Plan C was to pick up stitches all along the long edge, work 2-3 rows of stockinette, do the same thing on the reverse, then attach them to each other with a 3-needle bind-off, thus enclosing the edge in the two strips of stockinette. Repeat on other long edge. I knit the first bit, then started picking up stitches on the reverse. I don't remember now exactly why I didn't like that, but it was something about how the second batch of picked-up stitches, the ones on the reverse side, didn't look neat enough. Rip.
Plan D was the one I should have tried right away (of course), working a row of single crochet along each long edge. There is a reason that is the commonest edging -- It.Just.Works. Still took me three or four tries, with lots of ripping, to get the tension right. Maybe a G crochet hook would have been better than an F, who knows.
Anyway, it is done and I am pleased with it. So pleased, in fact, that I may make another one to use up other odd balls of yarn. Not sure if I have enough reds left, but I do have lots of blues...
I made a couple other scarves for the RSP but never got around to sending them. Let's take a look, shall we?
Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca (sport weight)
Needle: It was so long ago I don't actually remember. Probably a US#5 or 6.
Pattern: Broken rib.
Yarn: Louet Gems Topaz worsted weight, 100% superwash merino, color 80-2584 burgundy. This yarn is some of the leftovers from my kimono sweater. I used some in the many-reds scarf, above, too.
Pattern: Fast Forward by Natalie Servant. I adore her patterns. This is the only one I have made so far, but I have several others waiting in my Ravelry library. There are a lot of Art Deco influences in her design, and that appeals to me.
As soon as I block the many-reds scarf these will be ready to box up and send. Yay, me!