Melbourne’s weather has turned cold, which is not surprising since we are nearing the end of Autumn. This time of year has me craving casseroles, podding peas, wearing boots and playing the layers game. A favourite winter accessory is the humble scarf and this year I have added a me-made one to my collection.
I’ve dabbled with knitting on and off for years, but always simple projects (scarves, beanies, baby blankets & baby booties) with nothing more than a knit or a purl stitch to be seen. I prioritise sewing projects over knitting, so it takes me a long time to finish a project. To give you some context, I cast on this scarf last July when I had the flu and I finish it on a recent family holiday in Sydney in April.
Let’s talk about the pattern and wool…. I currently have a Creativebug subscription and while browsing the classes on offer this time last year, I took a fancy to the Basket Weave Scarf class taught by Jill Draper. I loved how using a combination of knit and purl stitches in a simple pattern, that was easy to memorise, could result in a delightfully textured scarf.
I sourced the recommended yarn, a worsted weight superwash 100% merino wool by Jill Draper Makes Stuff called Hudson, in this glorious citric colourway. I know it’s silly, and I’m lead to believe that substituting yarn isn’t difficult, but as a novice knitter I have this crazy idea that if I use the suggested yarn I will have more chance of a successful project.
And a successful project this was! I adore my scarf. It was a pleasure to knit, the wool is squishy and warm, and the bright daffodil colour makes my heart sing. And let me tell you, it’s a scarf that gets noticed…
Pattern: Creativebug’s Basket Weave Scarf taught by Jill Draper
Size: One Size
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson (worsted weight superwash 100% merino wool) in Citric
Needles: US Size #8 (5mm)
Ravelry Entry: Basket Weave Scarf in Daffodil
Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne