After my last post I would seem to be on an accessory-roll. But in fact this scarf / cowl has been about 10 months in the making (so my ravelry notes tell me). Not 10 months of continuous knitting though. I put it down about half way through and then only picked it up a couple of weeks ago, and rocketed through to the end.
And here it is! This is the eternidad scarf, a free pattern from Manos del Uruguay. The yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay fino in topaz (the recommended yarn – a first for me! Do you often use the recommended yarn, or are you a rebel?). It’s 70% merino, 30% silk, and it’s lovely! It’s single ply and has ‘complex, subtle, tonal colours’, and now that I’ve blocked it it’s wonderful and soft, and has a slight sheen (maybe from the silk?).
The stitch pattern is the same all through this pattern, and it’s nice and simple and easy to memorise. I think I first picked it when I’d only just started knitting, and then got a bit bored of it. But it’s perfect for when you’re on a bus (which I am often), or if you’re with people and want to be able to mostly concentrate on them. It’s essentially a K2P2 rib, but with this dropped stitch pattern splitting the ribs up. At first dropping stitches feels terrifying, and I did each one with great trepidation. Then I got quite casual about it and would drop them willy nilly. Thankfully I never dropped any that I shouldn’t have!
As it’s now the middle of summer it isn’t really cowl weather, so this is currently in a ziploc bag in a cupboard. But in the winter time I love cowls – so much better than scarves, with their dangly end bits that I never know what to do with. I did try it on though, and it’s the perfect length – long enough to go round twice without being tight, and with a good amount of floofiness (if that’s a thing).
Here I am modelling it, trying to take natural looking photos in the bathroom mirror. I never did figure out where to look to look normal. Hmmmm.
Do you like making accessories? What do you knit when you want to knit but not think about it too much? Are you a scarf or a cowl person?