Every year for the holidays, I like to give my daughters’ teachers something hand knit as a thank you. I try and choose a new project each year so that I don’t get bored of knitting the same thing multiple times. I’ve done fingerless gloves, wraps, and this year’s gift – scarves.
I usually buy my yarn for these projects in March on clearance at either my LYS or online and I try to choose a pattern that is relatively mindless. Then, through the summer and fall, I bring these projects on car trips and to sports practices and doctor appointments (urgent care visits are great for knitting).
For this year’s scarf project, I started off using Purl Soho’s Diagonal Twist Scarf pattern. It was easy once I got the hang of it. After knitting the first scarf in this, I decided to find a new pattern for the last two. I thought the yarn I selected was a little to stiff for this pattern and I wasn’t thrilled that the front and back were different (I’m a little OCD about this when you can easily see both sides).
For the last two, I chose Purl Soho’s Double Seed Stitch Scarf pattern. I LOVE seed stitch even though I find it a little painful to knit. These scarves knit up beautifully and I was happy both with the weight and drape of the yarn using this pattern.
And since I’m on the subject of holiday gifts, I also wanted to share these fingerless gloves. This pattern, called Vancouver Fog, from Jen Balfour is my favorite fingerless glove pattern I’ve found so far. I love the fit and design. Plus, the cables make them look very challenging to make (although they are easy). When I have some leftover yarn, I will try and knit a pair up so that I have them on hand for last minute gifts.