…is a scarf for my step-sister Allyson. Ally is such a sweetheart – she is the kind of person you just can’t help but smile around. Last time she came down for a visit, I noticed that her gray and purple fleece perfectly matched some Knit Picks yarn I had sitting in my stash. Inspired by her color choices (and anxious to use up some of my stash) I offered to knit her a scarf. She happily accepted.
The scarf is named Streifen, which is the German word for stripes, and here I am modeling it in my fanciest blue sweatshirt. The gray works well as a neutral with the purple, don’t you think? I used 1 ball each of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the colors Wisteria and Coast Gray, knitting them on size US 10.5 straight needles.
It started out as plain stockinette with seed-stitch ends, but in true stockinette form, the sides kept curling under. So I whipped out my size 10 crochet hook and worked single crochet stitches up one side of the scarf, being sure to work it into the very end stitch of each color change row (and into the seed stitch rows as well). Then I doubled back down, this time working a double crochet stitch into each sc. I repeated this on the other side, which gave the scarf a pretty, delicate edge:
Then I gave it a good blocking, and not only was the curling issue resolved, but the yarn took on a beautiful drape and became extra light and soft. This will definitely be a great winter-to-spring transition piece for her.
Next time I’ll forgo the seed stitch ends and just do the sc/dc around the entire perimeter of the scarf in order to give it a more cohesive look. But despite its quirkiness, I still love it. Hopefully Ally will too…