After working on the dishcloths, I decided to make scarfs for both my mom and my mother-in-law. To get some help with another project, I started going to a drop-in intermediate knitting class at So Much Yarn, and it has been wonderful. I've gotten help figuring out more difficult projects/patterns, made some great friends and gotten tons of new project ideas, including this one. It's fun, and also totally addictive to spend way too much time on Ravelry looking up patterns, but there is something delightful about walking through the yarn shop, feeling the yarns, looking at some of the completed projects on display. The feel of the yarn is so important, especially for longer projects.
I was very excited to try the yarn over technique (yo), which is used in lace patterns to create holes, and also to increase the number of stitches. I was less excited when I started. I'm not too sure what it was, but it was not working for me. I must have casted on and tried the first 3 rows about 15 times, changing needle size, trying over and over, not understanding what this mess that I was making was. Turns out there was no mess, just the yarn twisting a bit, and it took some time for the stitches' effect to really show. Once it did, I was quite pleased with the scarfs, and love the yarn over look. The Flicker yarn from Berroco (mostly Alpaca) is really soft and nice to work with, perfect for a scarf.
Pattern from Teresa at So Much Yarn, shared with permission.
1 skein of Flicker Berroco in the color of your choice
Size 13 needles
Using the long tail method, cast on 24 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 1, [Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together] to the last stitch, Knit 1
Repeat Row 1 until almost out of yarn. Cast off very loosely. Sew ends together and weave in the ends.