Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Nashville Scarf in Natural Fisherman's Wool

I finished knitting and blocked my first scarf on Monday night! It started as a huge mess, but I love the way it turned out. I knew nothing about knitting when I started last month. I taught myself to knit and purl from a book, misunderstood the meaning of "knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches" in a bad way, frogged the whole thing, switched to smaller needles, and started over to create the INSANELY HUGE 13 FOOT LONG* scarf you see here. Go big or go home, y'all!

Yes, it's really over 12 feet long and less than 3 inches wide. Why? BECAUSE I CAN!
Pattern: Ravelry Scrunchable Scarf, with my own modifications

When I lived in Los Angeles, I saw a woman wearing a long, skinny scarf looped loosely around her neck at least three times, with the ends dangling near her knees. I never forgot how dramatically chic she looked in just jeans, riding boots, a simple long-sleeve tee, and that scarf. The scarf created a long vertical line that drew the eye up and down, making her look impossibly tall and lean. I'm not exactly statuesque, so I've wanted a scarf just like it for years. But I couldn't find one that didn't feel cheap or cost more than my phone bill. I didn't exactly become a librarian for the money. So I decided to make my own! I knitted it up in a neutral color so I can dress it up with brooches and wear it with everything.

Elvis Costello Poster Girl is really, really impressed.
I cast on with just 24 stitches because I wanted a super-skinny scarf that wouldn't add any bulk around my jaw. Bulk + jawline = illusion of double chin. I intended to follow the Ravelry pattern as described: Knit, knit, purl. Repeat, ad nauseum. But I failed to put extra knit stitches on the edges for a selvedge, so when I had just over a foot of completed knitting, the scarf curled up on itself. It looked like a tube! Little Miss Knitting n00b didn't know that blocking would fix the problem. I panicked and did two rows of knit stitch because I thought they might hold the scarf open. Then I did 16 rows of knit, knit, purl. Then two rows of knit stitch. I literally repeated this for a month while watching The X-Files. It's easy to drool zone out when David Duchovny is onscreen.

I love my finished scarf, but I got bored with the work about 3/4 of the way through the project. It was too easy! Keith requested a scarf, and I want to try a more complicated pattern for his. I have my eye on this one, and I hope he likes it. When I've finished his scarf, I think I'll be ready to try knitting in the round, cables, increasing, decreasing, and yarn-overs. But before we move on, let's take one more look at that crazy-long scarf.

Here's the best thing that happened because of this project: Because I started knitting, I met Lauren from Lladybird. She invited me to the first Nashville blogger meetup, which happened last week. I met so many smart, creative, and interesting women there--it was fantastic! And it turned out that they were friends of friends, or they live near where I work, or we went to the same high school... Anyway, we found unexpected things in common, and it was a wonderful evening. I'm so excited to have met them, and you should go click on some of the buttons on the right and read what they have to say. I promise it will be worth your time.

*Okay, I'm exaggerating. It's 12 feet, 10 inches long. For real.


  1. Aw, yeah, I love the finished scarf! And now you know why I like to tackle sweaters and really intense projects - the easy ones are TOO easy and get boring (although they are good for knitting meet-ups and doing while you're watching tv :)). I'm so proud of you for finishing all 13ft of it :) And Keith is going to love that one you picked out.

    Welcome to the world of knitting, lady! ;)

    1. Thanks! You were right; blocking straightened it out considerably. I need to buy yarn for the next project; any recommendations?

  2. Your scarf looks perfect! I love the neutral color, and it looks so soft and comfy.

    ♥ Jana

    1. Hey lady! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. it looks great! i've always wanted to learn to knit!

    1. It was surprisingly easy! If you start and want help, Haus of Yarn hosts a knitting night on Thursdays. The advice I got there was really helpful.


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