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
The scarf is lovely. Now that you’re an established knitter, check the range from Bendigo. I’m much better at knitting than sewing, but thoroughly enjoy your sewing posts and catching glimpses of Melbourne.
I’m not sure I’d called myself an established knitter yet Carmel, but I do see a road trip to Bendigo in my near future…
Such beautiful pictures of you lovely! And you’ve done a gorgeous job on that scarf. You wear that colour so well!
Thank-you dear friend. I can’t stop wearing this scarf… which I think confirms that we were meant to be!
That color is stunning! I love the texture of the basket-weave, too!
Beautiful yarn, in a glorious colour and a textured knit, I’m in heaven!
It’s a beautiful scarf. Such a lovely and lively colour, and the quality of the wool looks wonderful.
The quality of the yarn is divine and I think the simple pattern allows it to shine. I’m happily going to wear this scarf for years!
That’s a beautiful scarf. Love the pattern and color and, as a knitter who dabbles in easy projects, I know what you mean about following instructions with the specified yarn. Enjoy!
I’m glad I’m not alone in using the specified yarn while dabbling in easy patterns Fran. Thanks for stopping by reassuring me that I’m not alone.
That colour is wonderfully cheery for drearier weather ;o)
And isn’t the weather dreary… and winter doesn’t officially start until Wednesday!
I absolutely love your scarf, Anna. Well done. Now I know what to make with my TonofWool Cormo that has been lying around for ages.
It sounds like a great knitting plan. Enjoy your knitting!
It looks difficult to me. It took me two years to knit a scarf just using knit stitch in chunky wool. I am admiring your neat work
I understand Katherine. I can take that long sometimes too. I’m currently working on a baby blanket… so there is a deadline… and I’m already behind on my one ball a week pledge (to myself)!
Oh well done and the colour is perfectly ‘you’!
You say the nicest things Jane. Thank-you!
This looks great. Love the textured pattern. You are tempting me to learn how to knit.
Sewing is my first love, but knitting does have it’s place as it is much more transportable than sewing… perfect for holidays or watching some TV on the couch with hubby at night.
Love the colour of the scarf … actually i love the whole chromatic atmosphere of the pictures … beautiful!
Thanks Sasha. It’s been a favourite photo shoot of mine. I’m still smitten with the scarf too!
It’s so fabulous Anna! The colour is the perfect shade of yellow/citrus and I just can’t get my head around the texture. I can’t figure out how it’s created, but I love it. It’s just my sort of stitch pattern. One that keeps your head engaged a bit, but doesn’t lead to it exploding in exhaustion. And podding pees? You are full of surprises my friend
I’m still smitten with the scarf… which is great because it took so long to knit! With regards to podding peas… it takes me back to happy childhood memories!