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Crossed Diamonds Cabled Scarf

Published / by Kim

Crossing Diamonds Cabled Scarf

Pattern: Cross Diamonds – The Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans
Yarn: KnitPicks City Tweed HW
Color: Cottontail
Needles: US 9 KnitPick Harmony

As I wracked my brain trying to figure out what to buy for an 80-year-old man I don’t know anything about, other than that he used to work for the railroad, it occurred to me that a handknit scarf might be the way to go. Especially when I had already knit a shawl for his wife, aka Scott’s mother. So I turned to one of my trusty stitch dictionaries and chose a simple-to-knit cable pattern.

Crossing Diamonds Scarf

Halfway through, I got lazy and switched to a wide rib. Yeah, I know. But it actually looked really good. There was something about the diamond cables merging into the wide ribs that makes me think of an Art Deco pattern. I think I’m going to knit this again, but next time I’ll stagger the beginning of the ribbing so that it begins in a triangle, which I think will make it feel even more Art Deco.

Crossing Diamonds Cabled Scarf

I made one change in the stitch pattern for the cables, which was to change the C4B on row 9 to C4F. That changed the crossovers on the middle diamond, which made the cables look more woven together instead of just laying on top of each other.

This was a super easy scarf with great results. It did seem to take a lot longer to knit than it should have, but I think I wasn’t spending enough time knitting. And the City Tweed! Oh wow do I love this yarn. Scott’s definitely getting a few accessories knit out of this stuff.

The scarf was extremely well-received by its recipient, as was the shawl by Scott’s mother. I’m so happy these gifts were successful.

Colorado Mitts

Published / by Kim

These were meant to be started on the flight to Denver, but I was so tired for most of the trip that I didn’t cast on for the first one until we were settled in Lyons for a couple of days. The knitting is going really quickly and I’m deeply in love with the cables. Which I know you can’t see here, since this is only about 4 rows into the knitting.

(Semi-)Daily Gratitude #9

Published / by Kim / 2 Comments on (Semi-)Daily Gratitude #9

Today I am grateful for my husband, who understands my quirks and finds them charming rather than irritating. That’s why he can come home from work, find an entire roll’s worth of neatly stacked paper towels on the counter, and completely accept my response to his questioning glance with just a nod, as if it’s entirely reasonable and expected.

That response? That I needed the tube from the paper towel roll to wind a yarn cake.