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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 122

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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Feather-Free Boa

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 122

This week, I chat with Elizabeth Green Musselman and share a pattern for a yarn-dependent scarf.

Feather-Free Boa

I normally encourage substitution of yarns. Color, texture, fiber content and even the weight of yarns that I use for my patterns should be taken as mere suggestions. This week's pattern, however, should really be made with Rowan's Kidsilk Creation.

This is a really fun yarn and a quick project that has a big wow factor. It is a truly unusual yarn. From what I can tell, Rowan has taken Kidsilk Haze, which is already a one-of-a-kind yarn, and made what they call a net construction in a tube. It actually looks as though it was knit on large needles in a kind of loose i-cord. Both ends of the skein appear to have been machine-serged or sewn together.

Kidsilk Creation is very soft and the 30% silk content means it is quite warm, too. I haven't worn it much yet, but it appears not to shed very badly, either.

The ball band on this yarn comes with two scarf patterns. One is knit and one is crochet. The yarn is worked in an unconventional method. Instead of forming stitches by making loops, you actually stab into the tubular fabric to create stitches.

The free scarf patterns that come with the yarn are lovely. They rely on gathering all of your stitches from one edge of the tube, and casting them off again. It's very fun, but I wanted to see what would happen if I took the stitches from the center of the tube instead. I feel it has more of a boa feel, so I called it the Feather-Free Boa.

I found the finished edge at the end of the cast off in the original scarf pattern to be unsatisfying. I tried to get around that by sewing two buttons together to create a central cast-off point for my boa. If you don't want buttons on yours, you could just sew a few stitches with thread or yarn there instead.

Chat

Elizabeth and I chatted about Clapotis, small hands, the Cooperative Press, and the Lizard Ridge blanket, among other things. I hope you enjoy it.

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