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
Yarn: Sandnes Garn Alpakka
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 end....here'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.