Once I knit a scarf with yarn from a shop in Monterey, CA. The scarf was the color of the sea.
Unfortunately, I didn't buy enough yarn for an entire scarf. I had to do a nationwide yarn hunt to find another skein.
Now when I buy yarn for a scarf, especially a scarf with a vague, undecided design, I make sure to buy plenty of yarn.
At WEBS in July, I found 3 skeins of Misti Alpaca (Color WP01 Inca Red) for my niece K's scarf. Her scarf, in all its fabulousness, used just a tad over one skein.
I promised my sister-in-law J a scarf with the remainder of the yarn. (It is gorgeous yarn, this Misti Alpaca. Beautiful colors and so, so soft!)
When K chose her scarf from 5 swatches, J chose another swatch from the set. Each chose the dimensions for her ideal scarf.
For J, I started this Ribs and Ruffles scarf, a free pattern from Misti Alpaca.
Since I'm not using Misti Alpaca Chunky, I'm using two strands of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint worsted. I lined up the balls of yarn so the colors match.
I'm the worst at getting the gauge in patterns - and I'm not off in a consistent direction.
The scarf should have been the perfect width for J, but when I got started and measured, it was only 3.5 inches wide. J wants 5. (A 3.5 inch wide scarf is pretty small I must admit!)
Frogged it and started again....I just added another rib (by adding 4 stitches to the rib pattern)
This time the width is coming out a tad over 5. Works for me!!
It's interesting to see how the color pattern acted in the original version and then this wider version. I liked how the original skinny scarf had mostly red on one edge and mostly burgundy on the other.
This yarn is so beautiful, you really could probably knit anything and have it look and feel great.
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