Heather Grey Cowl/Scarf

scarf cover photo

Winter weather has officially arrived. The temperatures have dropped around the freezing mark the past couple of days. It has snowed enough to stick and cover the ground, though nothing to get excited over. It’s finally time to dig out the scarves and mittens.

I’m prepared this winter with a new cowl/infinity scarf that I knit. After last winter, which was brutally cold, I had been wanting to knit a chunky cowl/infinity scarf for myself. They look so warm and comfy. After searching for tutorials online, I settled on Purl Soho’s Soft Merino Fluted Cowl. I chose this tutorial because of the beautiful fluted fabric stitch that is used to make this cowl.

The tutorial is simple and the sizing can be easily adjusted to fit your needs. Here are the details of what I ended up using to knit my project:

Puffin Yarn

Materials

  • 4 skeins of Quince & Co.’s Puffin, 100% American Wool. The color is called Heathers.
  • U.S. #13, 32-inch circular needle

Finished Size

  • 13 inches high 54 inches round

This was my first time knitting in round. It took me several tries before I got it right, because knitting the fluted fabric stitch ‘flat’ versus ‘in the round’ are entirely different. However, if you don’t deviate from the instructions as stated in the tutorial, you will be just fine. You do have to knit several rows before you can see the pattern. Also, using stitch markers is a must! I casted on 180 stitches to make my scarf. That’s a lot of stitches to keep track of, especially where the row starts/ends. I knitted this scarf in the evenings while watching football with the hubby. In less than a week, I was done!

Scarf 1

The scarf is long enough to wrap around twice. The stitching on both sides of the scarf look nice.   It  is also wide enough to double as a hood/shawl. My stitches turned out to be fairly tight, making the scarf stiffer than I was hoping for. Next time I’ll remember to use a larger size needle.  However, it makes the scarf pretty cozy and wind-proof. I finally got to test this scarf in the last two weeks now that the temperatures have dropped. It’s definitely kept me pretty warm. Also, as with anything apparel item, the scarf has stretched out a little now that it’s been worn in, so now it fits just right.

scarf closeup

scarf 2

scarf 3

Knitting this scarf was a fun project for me and now I want to make more! If you’ve found other tutorials that have worked for you, feel free to share! The more the merrier. šŸ™‚

 

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Knitted Headband with Bow

 

Knitted Earwarmer - CoverSummer has sadly come to an end with fall in full swing, which means that winter will be here before you know it. As much as I want to protest theĀ coming of winter, it has given me a reason to pickĀ up knitting again.

While I was reorganizing my office this summer, I stumbled upon a knitted headband that I had started a couple years ago, but didn’t finish. Well, I decided to give it another try, and I’m proud to say, I’ve finally finished a knitted headband to share in today’s post.

When I took a look at the unfinished headband, I remember the reason I never completed it. I had made it too small, probably got frustrated that I had to start over, and that was that. So this time, I decided to start over again and find a different pattern. I came across this. The pattern was simple and had fairly clear instructions.

I used a weight category 5 yarn and 5.5mm needles. My head circumference is 22.5″, so based on an estimate of 5 stitches per inch of head circumference, that came out to 112.5 stitches. I decided to round down to 110 stitches. In hindsight, I should have made my own gauge, but that’s a lesson learned. However, this mistake also happened to work in my favor at the end (more about that below). I knitted a total of 12 rows before casting off.

My finished piece for the headband measured 24″ lengthwise and 2.75″ in width. Now I had made it too large for my head! After dealing with my panic and frustration, my problem-solving mode kicked in. I WAS going to make this work. I knew the ribbing allowed the headband piece to stretch when worn. So I stretched the headband piece around my head to determine how much excess in length there was. Turns out there was 7″, that’s alot! So instead, I did the following:

  1. Fold out each of the ends to 3.5″. This is the total excess divided in half.
  2. For each end, pinch at the fold and sew in place to form one side of the bow.
  3. Join together the two pinched ends of the head band and sew in place.
  4. Sew each of the bow ends to the headband to secure and make the bow pop up.

Here’s the finished headband!

View from the side:

Knitted Earwamer 1

Another view from the side

Knitted Earwarmer 2

View from the front:

Knitted Earwarmer 3

I love bow detail! Plus the yarn is really soft since it’s an alpaca blend, so it has a cozy feel. Now I can keep my ears warm this winter and look stylish, too!

Knitted Earwarmer 4