One More Day of Winter Please

What kind of crazy request is that? Well, this weekend I pulled out some yarn that I bought several years ago at Knitche in Downers Grove, Illinois, and knit up a scarf that I want to wear one time before it is stowed away till next winter.

I wanted to knit a scarf on autopilot, but something other than a simple garter stitch. After looking through several knitting books, I came across the “hurdle rib” in Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge and decided to knit the entire scarf in this stitch pattern. In the sample swatch in the book, it almost has a cross-stitch effect. This effect was pretty much lost in my scarf, I think, because of the bulky, variegated yarn used. No matter because the scarf still, in my opinion, looks pretty darn good. The yarn is essentially two strands of different colors twisted together; of the two skeins used, there were only several color combinations that repeated.

The hurdle rib should be used with an even number of stitches. Knit the first two rows and then knit 1, purl 1 for the next two rows; just repeat this four-row pattern until you reach the desired length.

I wish I knew more about the yarn, but the tag had limited information: “Hand-plyed, natural dyed 70% merino/30% angora worsted/heavy worsted.” The gauge listed was 3 to 3.5 stitches per inch on U.S. needles sizes 9 – 11. I used two skeins of yarn and cast on 22 stitches on size 11 needles. The finished scarf measures 42 inches long.

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