Here it is, worn by the happy recipient.
And here it is, poised for its close-up:
This was a fun project, there was enough happening to keep me interested through the many inches, but nothing too challenging either. I found the free pattern here. I decided to make it using two colors, as requested by my dearly beloved, and used a really soft alpaca/merino blend (I forget the brand name, I will have to update this post later).
I did encounter a problem, which was my own fault, not the pattern’s.
As I proceeded to make the seed stitch edge longer – a momentary lapse in judgement: I actually thought it would look better – I realized that because of the way the cables flare out into the seed stitch part, I was getting a “skirt” effect.
But even though I was aware of the problem, I kept knitting and knitting, wondering whether I should frog or not frog, knit-knit-knit… until I was too far along into the cable portion to actually frog it and start over. So I took a deep breath and decided to cut the damn skirt and see what happened…
How scary is this?
After the skirtectomy
Removing the little bits of yarn, praying for proper healing of the wound.
Well, this doesn’t look too bad, let’s just bind off in pattern…
Oooh, much more handsome without the skirt.
All in all, I’m really happy with this, and I was delighted to see Gabe departing for work with his new scarf proudly draped around his neck, ready to brave the California weather.