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I gave this handspun yarn as a holiday gift to a good friend of mine. I have known Rose forever, or at least since I was about 12 or 13 years old. We have had our ups & downs over the years, but we have always stayed in touch. We are the kind of friends who have so much history that whatever time passes between us, I always feel like when we talk or see each other that no time has passed at all.

Beyond that, Rose & her husband always remember my kids’ birthdays and send the coolest gifts — it means a lot to this mama, so I try to reciprocate the best way I can: with yarn. Way back in the day, Rose & I used to crochet afghans and scarves and things together. On our own, in or after college we both learned how to knit. Rose was the one that introduced me to Ravelry (it was on the phone and my family & I were driving through St. Louis — I will never forget that!) and we have stalked each other’s project pages ever since. Knitting is something that is common ground — despite miles between us and vastly different lives, I think it is something that helps us stay connected.

In any case, check out what Rose did with this yarn.cableIt is not yet blocked, but I couldn’t wait to share. I just think it is so lovely — she did such a great job!

I also love this photo — it shows how much yarn she had leftover.

cabled scarfI think she wasn’t kidding when she said she liked it. I could not be happier!

Thanks for sharing Rose!

You can see Rose’s project notes on Ravelry here.

These photos are Rose’s property. Please don’t reproduce them without permission. Contact me if you have questions!

Love is a Garter Stitch Scarf.

I’m not so wild about lots of garter stitch. I am, however, a total sucker for my kids’ knitwear requests. When my son asked for a Green Bay Packer colored scarf, I had grand ideas of irregular striping or maybe an alternating color scarf done on the bias. When I broke out the ‘ol Crayola crayons & drew a few options for my son to choose from, he picked big alternating colorblocks. Simple, beginning knitting style colorblocks. Because I love him, I happily obliged. Despite the fact that it is not exactly technically interesting to me as a knitter, the very fact that my son asked for it gives me all the incentive I need to make it. The way his face lit up when I showed him the yarn — at that moment, I just knew the few hours of garter stitch were going to be so worth it.

Sure, I have a gorgeous cable sweater that I am working on. It stared at me the whole time I knit this scarf. It was hard, but it wasn’t. For reasons I won’t go into, this project meant a lot to my little boy and as always, he really treasures this special scarf. It may not be very exciting to the knitter in me that loves a challenge, but sometimes working on a simple project gets me back to my roots. It makes me appreciate how far I have come in the craft. There is something to be thankful for in that reminder –it refreshes the wonder in all that can come from two sticks and some string.

When I handed over his completed scarf this morning, it was almost with relief that my boy took his scarf and tried it on. He acted like he could finally go on with his life now that he has this scarf that he wanted so badly. It is warm here today — we just had a thunderstorm, in fact — so he let me know he would save it for a colder day. Those days will soon be upon us — hopefully by then he will have some matching mittens.

For those interested in how I made this simple garter stitch scarf, here are the materials I used & some basic directions.

All materials were purchased at Firefly Fibers in Beaver Dam, WI.

Yarn: Cascade 128 Superwash, 2 skeins (I used Army Green as Main Color & Daffodil for Contrast Color)

Recommended needle size: US 11, or size needed to achieve gauge

Gauge: 13sts = 4″

With Main Color (MC), cast-on 18sts with long-tail cast-on.
Work 32 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to Contrast Color (CC), work 32 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to MC, work 32 rows in garter stitch.

Switch to CC, work 30 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to MC, work 30 rows in garter stitch.
Repeat last 2 rows once more.

Switch to CC, work 30 rows in garter stitch.

Switch to MC, work 32 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to CC, work 32 rows in garter stitch.
Switch to MC, work 32 rows in garter stitch.
BO loosely. Weave in ends.

Plus and Minus Scarf

Plus and Minus Scarf by Firefly Fibers

Showcase the fabulous Malabrigo Worsted with this easy garter stitch bias scarf. A simple pattern of increases & decreases makes this pattern perfect for a beginner or the experienced knitter looking for quick gifts. Use two different colors for some striping or let one color shine – either way, your scarf will be soft, cozy, and gorgeous!

To purchase your copy of this pattern on Ravelry, click here.