Sunday, February 9, 2014

Broncos Scarf - Finished

It's time to put down the knitting needles for a bit and blog about finished projects.  There have been two so far this year, this is the second one.  I still need to take a picture of the first one.

I blogged earlier about a scarf I was going to try to complete in a week, hoping to have it done in time for the Super Bowl.  For a while it looked like I wasn't going to succeed as I wasn't happy with the yarn.  I'd knit, rip it out, start again, and repeat.  For the first few tries I didn't like the fabric I was getting by knitting stocking stitch in a tube.  It was too flimsy even after going down several needle sizes.  After looking at scarves on Ravelry I came across one that turned out to be an excellent pattern, as you'd expect from Jared Flood's stable of designers, Hayes by Julie Hoover (Ravelry link).  It's shown as a man's pattern but there is no reason why it can't also be for a female.

I finally got started on Wednesday night and finished the scarf by half time of the game on Sunday.  [Don't ask me about the score!!]. 


Pattern:  Basically used the pattern, Hayes, by Julie Hoover with some changes:  I cast on 35 stitches, more than what was called for in the pattern, as I was using a thinner yarn and I changed the striping pattern using one that was made with the Random Stripe Generator.

Size:  8.5 inches x 48.5 inches after washing and blocking

DK weight.
Colors:  #3508 Orange, #6063 Blue ~ 1-1/2 balls of each
and a small amount of #1001 White
The orange is a rich color but a little less intense as in the picture.

  Needles: US #5/3.75 mm

Note:  I'm not fond of this yarn as it was quite loose even when swatching with a needle several sizes smaller.  I decided to stay with #5 needles as I didn't want a tight texture for a scarf.  It is nice and soft, however.

As I was knitting it occurred to me that these are the same colors as worn by the Edmonton Oilers hockey team.  That will never do for a Colorado Avalanche fan like me.  I've ordered two small Broncos patches and will sew one on each end of the scarf to cement the fact that this is a Broncos scarf, not an Oilers scarf.  GO AVs!!

If you've read all the way to the's a little contest.  I had two full balls of yarn left over from this project, one orange and one blue.  If you'd like to be entered to win them leave a comment, any comment.  I'll announce the winner next Sunday, February 16th.  Good luck.


Anonymous said...

Donate the yarn to the Knitmonton group. After the Av's beat them next time : )

Dayana Knits said...

Love the idea to add patches! I walked by the patch section at my local fabric store and suddenly got all these IDEAS...