Andrew's Mom mom (grandmother) recently had a birthday and we decided to make her a scarf. When we were talking about what to get her, Andrew asked, "How long would it take you to make a scarf? We could go get some yarn ... " Say no more, you had me at "make a scarf." Ha!
We went to a LYS and touched all the skeins of yarn that looked super soft and fuzzy. Andrew was particularly fond of Baby Alpaca Brush from Plymouth Yarn, unsurprisingly
After picking out the yarn, we discussed design options and settled on a doubled wrap cowl in a varied stripe scheme. There was some discussion about vertical or horizontal stripes and we picked vertical. The stripes are on an 8-stripe repeat (of 2-row and 4-row wide stripes).
I used 1x1 rib because it's reversible. It's a magical stitch pattern because the ribs scrunch up and it looks like stockinette on both the front and back. AND ... drum roll, please ... it doesn't roll. It's like the holy grail of knitting. The stitch is a little thicker than plain stockinette, but for a cowl it's a perfect, squishy soft fabric. Especially squishy here because I used gigantic needles and the yarn is fluffy.
My gauge changed a little after the first couple of rows, so I actually cut away the first rows to reveal live stitches, then I grafted the top to the bottom with a sewn row of knitted stitches to create the seamless cowl. After I was done, I had a hard time finding the graft. I was surprised at how well the trick worked.
Here are pictures of both edges. This is the edge where I carried the yarn up the side and twisted the two colors.
This is the side where I turned each color to go back the other way.
Mom mom is a crocheter and knitter herself. It was so sweet when she called to thank us for the gift because she kept saying she knew how much work went into making the scarf. She really loved it!