Simple Stripes

I like stripes. In fact, I probably have more striped shirts than many people have shirts. When it comes to knitting, stripes are the easiest form of colorwork you can do. There’s no twisting, stranding, or bobbins involved, and unlike fair-isle, striped fabric is more or less reversible. Adding stripes into a previously print-less pattern is also a fun way to make something unique (because handmade sweaters and socks aren’t special enough already). Can you tell I’m a loyal fan of stripes yet?

Of course, I’m also someone who gets bored rather quickly, so I generally try to keep an eye out for new ways to incorporate my old favorite print into a project, which is why this loop scarf featured on Purlbee a few months ago had no trouble catching my eye as I was browsing through old blog posts. I especially like big, wide, irregular stripes like the ones scattered across this loop–they’re so organic whimsical, and they don’t hurt my eyes when I look at them too long like narrower stripes do. Prior to finding this pattern, I had never thought of holding thread together with a chunkier yarn to create subtle flashes of color, and the eclectic (almost faded) look this technique achieves is a perfect addition to my stripe-repertoire.

Instead of using the threads and yarns Purlbee recommended, I used an unplied cotton-acrylic blend held together with a lace-weight yarn. While Purlbee’s scarf was meant to be a lightweight springtime garment and thus uses an appropriate summery color scheme, I live in California and a summer scarf is appropriate for, well, winter. I kept some of the brights seen in the original, but I added more dark navy and burnt orange for a hint of autumn. This scarf was one of the easiest and fastest things I’ve ever made, and definitely one of the most fun; I finished it in a few days, and I’ve been wearing it practically non-stop ever since!

2 skeins Berocco Weekend
1 skein each in 4 colors Classic Elite Yarn’s Silky Alpaca Lace
1 pair US size 8 straight needles
Note: I cast on 36 stitches and knit this project as a straight scarf. After knitting 55″ I picked up and knit 36 stitches from the beginning of the scarf (using a third needle), and did a three needle bind off to create the loop. The same shape could be achieved through seaming, but I thought this method would look cleaner.


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