Monday, February 12, 2007

Look Mom, I Can Knit Cables

The Irish Hiking Scarf is finished. The cable pattern was nice, simple and went pretty quick. I was able to follow along after a repeat or two without the pattern at all. I finished it in just over a week. It was perfect knitting for sitting in front of the television at night after work. I really liked working with this yarn. It had a strong feel but a nice soft texture, almost buttery.

The cables sure do eat up a lot of yarn; I used up every bit of the skein. I had just a foot or two left over. I think next time I'd like to make a larger scarf. The wool I picked knit up thick and warm. I think it would wrap around a little easier if it was just a little longer. It is just a little heavy for me. My husband decided that the color suited him so he has laid claim to the scarf. I am glad it found an owner.

Project Info
Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf from Hello Yarn
Yarn: 1 skein of Fleece Artist
Blue Face Leicester Aran;
color Flagstone Pathway;
250 grams/375 meters
Needles: addi TURBO -US# 8/5.0 mm
Finished Width: 5 inches
Finished Length: 57 inches
Date Started: February 3, 2007
Date Finished: February 9, 2007

This is only my second try at cables and now I'm thinking about starting a sweater I have been eyeing that has a cable border. I've been thinking of trying the Cardigan for Arwen pattern. I have a bunch of DB Alpaca Silk in my stash that could work. I'm not sure if the yarn will work well for the sweater though. I'm afraid the alpaca won't show the cables that well and may be too heavy. Maybe the silk will help out. Any thoughts or experience with an alpaca silk combo that you'd share?


Twisted Knitter said...

Your Irish Hiking Scarf is BEAUTIFUL and I love the photos!

Bezzie said...

Wow you cranked that out fast! Hmm..well you could always just do a quick swatch with the Alpaca silk. I get the feeling it might actually turn out better than you expect!

Anonymous said...

Love the scarf!

I agree with Bezzie, do a swatch and see how you like it. It may be perfect; you'll never know until you try :)

Lazuli said...

What a pretty scarf! The yarn and the pattern work very well together.

Zonda said...

Very pretty! Ahem, well should we say very manly colors ;) Nice job, only a week!!! Wow!

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Love your scarf! Gorgeous yarn! Great job! I actually made mine out of alapaca silk and it came out great! The cables came out nice. Try a swatch though, just not sure how it would be for a sweater...but the scarf was nice!

Knit Masala said...

The scarf looks great. I love how the colors turned out, and the cables look great!

cpurl17 said...

I think it was Turtlegirl who mentioned it before, but on my Bloglines, when I see your blog, whatever photograph you have posted that day just explodes in large, glorious color on my monitor!

The scarf is no exception!

Mandy said...


Mom said...

Scarf looks really nice and I'm glad Brad latched on to it (before the cats!) The cables look luxurious. I think the sweater pattern you mentioned is really cute but I know nothing about alpaca/silk yarn but I'm sure you knew that.

Batty said...

I love that scarf! It looks incredible in the Fleece Artist.

Angela said...

I knew it! Done before mine:) But it is so pretty. Really like the yarn you chose. Don't you love how the pattern makes such a nice edge for this fringe necessary.


Knitting Bandit said...

I didn't think cables aand multicolored yarn went well together until I saw your beautiful scarf. Great! I say go for the sweater and as quick as you knit you'll still be able to wear it this winter!