Bored with scarves that start at one end and finish at the other, shawls that start at one side and finish at the other? Yes, there’s Another Way. And it’s hot right now on Ravelry.
I realised I wasn’t quite done with my Foolproof idea…it wanted to be more…well, just more, really. Now you can make a scarf or shawl with no casting on and no binding off. You don’t need a gauge square to make it to a custom size in any yarn.
It’s garter stitch – with funky stripes and some increasing and decreasing. It’s perfect for stashbusting, mini-skeins and having fun with stripes. Worked from the middle out, it’s easy to ensure each side is balanced as you go, making it fantastic for using up yarns or playing with colour.
If you want to keep life simple, there is the stunning (IMHO) City Stripe Scarf version (photographed), which has size, yarn quantities and stripe layout all specified.
But it truly is a flexible pattern – make a big rectangle shawl, make a skinny scarf. The pattern simply works, and it’s easy. No stress, just start. I’m already planning a beautiful big shawl for the autumn, though this size is just right for now.
The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas’ Alpaca Silk and it feels simply beautiful. The colours are gorgeous – you could easily make your own variation from their fabulous selection of shades.
I also put these two patterns together in the ebook Foolproof Ways for the best value.
Happy knitting and hot patterns!