My first KAL! Even though I gave almost no heads-up, I’m really excited that a few of you are joining me in a KAL (sorry about that! I’ll do better next time!). I don’t know all the rules or regulations associated to these, so I’m playing it by ear. At least it’s not a mystery KAL. I’m a terrible secret keeper.
The picture above is an old one at this point. I posted it on Facebook over the weekend. Since then, I’ve completed 2 repeats of the main section and am working on the 3rd, so it’s a little bit longer. I absolutely love how it’s turning out.
The yarn is my Edison Bulb from MadelineTosh. It took a while to settle on the yarn to use. At first I tried my Malabrigo worsted weight in pollen. It’s a beautiful yarn, but I wasn’t getting the stitch definition I wanted. I tried a couple different sized needles, but nothing. I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I tried my Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool, which is labelled bulky but isn’t that bulky. I wasn’t crazy about the color for this project. For some reason, I knew this scarf had to be bright and colorful!
Then, I tried my Edison Bulb, which is DK weight. I know, the pattern calls for worsted, but I really wanted to use up some of my stash. This was the only yarn I had enough of to complete the scarf, and I love the color. There’s something fun about a neon yellow scarf. So far, the yarn is working out great. The stitch definition is gorgeous. Although, there is a major flaw. Sometimes, in certain lighting, I can’t lay out the work and see how it’s going. The yarn is just too bright! I find I really see it when I take a picture and then look (silly, right?).
What surprised me is how easy the pattern is. When you look at the picture on the pattern’s page, the scarf looks so intricate. It doesn’t look like it should be an easy pattern, but it really is! If you can do the knit stitch, purl stitch, yarnovers, k2tog, ssk, and a basic cable (I mean, really basic), you can handle this pattern, no problem. Even if you can’t, these are all fairly easy techniques to learn. I recommend this pattern to anyone even just starting out with cables or lace. It’s a pretty good introduction, and in the end, you’ll have a beautiful piece to show off.