Fall, I’m ready for ya! Another knitwear design of my own just reached a stage of perfection. And it’s one that’s perfect for layering on top of your Summer wardrobe. I’m talking about my TEXTURIZADO scarf. Admittedly, you can hardly call this a design, since it’s just all-over seed stitch, but it still took me some swatching, knitting, and reknitting to get some of its details just right. And now I’ve finally launched it in my own SUAVE worsted merino wool. So it’s about time I dedicate a blogpost to it.
TEXTURIZADO SCARF IN ENERO MINT GREEN
Not all knitters can relate to this, but I’m very much a fan of mindless projects that requires no brainpower, no keeping an eye on a pattern, no counting rows or stitches. Sometimes, therefore, working on designs just really doesn’t bring me joy. Especially not when all I wanna do is watch Netflix or YouTube, while giving my hands something useful to do.
As part of my stash busting project — for which I’m trying to use up more yarn than I get new, on a yearly basis — I decided to cast on exactly such a mindless project with stashed yarn. I had six balls of Drops Karisma in a light grey color (the same yarn I used for my Norderney jumper) and decided that should be enough for a scarf.
A SEED STITCH SCARF
When it comes to simple knitting textures that don’t curl up the way stockinette does, seed stitch will probably forever be my favorite kind of stitch. Double seed stitch is a fierce contender too though. But to keep things as simple as possible has always been my motto. Garter stitch I don’t like as much as I used to anymore. It’s way too stretchy and I feel like I don’t have any control over the dimensions of a finished object in garter stitch.
I swatched a few times with my Drops Karisma, did the maths and casted on, hoping I’d end up with a scarf of more or less two meters long. It worked out perfectly! Which, btw, probably has more to do with a healthy dose of luck than with my math skills. I made sure to create neat edges along the way. And the fringe completed the whole thing, making it look super professional. (Can you actually say that about scarf? Anyway, I just did.) In fact, I was so happy with this first version, I listed it for sale in the shop.
FIND IT READY-TO-SHIP HERE
Now if I wanted to make this a regular design in the shop (which I wanted), I had to translate this design into something suitable for my own hand dyed yarn (because that’s the goal here: designing and knitting for the shop with my own yarns). A new fiber content and new yarn weight called for a new needle size and stitch count. I also wanted to see if I could somehow prevent having to weave in loose ends, which is something that bothered me with the first version. I figured out a way of alternating skeins that made that possible, and it created an even neater edge than before.
FOR THE SECOND VERSION, I USED MY SUAVE WORSTED BASE (A 100% SUPERWASH MERINO) IN THE ENERO COLORWAY (A TONAL MINT GREEN)
Once I got it going, the project was — again — exactly what I needed: perfect settle-down-and-don’t-really-think-about-what-you’re-doing material. Sure, working with multiple skeins at the same time needs some organizational skills, but once I got the hang of it, it was a breeze.
I EVEN WORKED ON IT ON A PLANE! (TRUST ME, THIS IS ME IN A PLANE)
A SHOP REGULAR
The second version took me a lot less time than the first, and I really enjoyed making it another time. The fact that there’s no chance of yarn tails coming loose, makes it even more suitable for the shop. So yes, this version is listed as ready-to-ship now, and I can’t wait to send it to a new home and make a million more in all my fave colorways. Okay, maybe not a million, even though I would be very grateful if I actually had a million customers.
IT’S KINDA BRIGHT PAIRED WITH MY RED HAIR, BUT I PROMISE, IT GOES GREAT WITH NEUTRALS
ON THE TO-DO-LIST
As I’m writing this, the plan is to publish the pattern of TEXTURIZADO as well. Probably as a freebie for anyone who purchases a yarn kit for it. Because yes, I’m totally getting the hang of dyeing yarn kits for fellow knitters now! Besides — even though this will be a long-term thing, I guess — my idea is to sell this scarf as a made-to-order-in-the-colorway-of-your-choosing-kinda-product. Next to some ready-to-ship items, I think that would be a perfect addition to the shop for those customers who really want to have it their way and don’t mind waiting a bit longer for it (because that’s usually totally me as well).
BEFORE I FORGET TO MENTION, IT CAN BE WRAPPED AROUND THE NECK ONCE OR TWICE AND BOTH STYLES LOOK REALLY GOOD
It’s currently a million degrees outside where I am (yes, I fooled you with these pictures). However, I can’t wait for the day I can bring a TEXTURIZADO with me to layer on top of a t-shirt when it cools down in the evening.