You know how it is. Sometimes you’ll be knitting a scarf in a scrunchy pattern, and it’s not quite as wide as you like, but you tug on it a bit and think, “Sure, that will block into shape nicely with a bit of steaming and pinning.”
Well, I was four feet into knitting my Red Scarf Project scarf when I suddenly realized that I was knitting it in Lion Brand Wool Ease. Which is 85% non-block-able acrylic.
I rarely knit with Wool Ease anymore, but it was my go-to yarn when I was a beginning knitter. So I can tell you for a fact that Wool Ease will block out a little bit, but not for very long. Like, as soon as you wear it for about five minutes, it will spring back into its original shape.
I considered several different options. But I needed to get about 2″ of width out of a scarf that was settling itself at 5″. Any option to add that much width would be like turning in a paper in 16 point font with 3″ margins all around. Like, Come ON.
So I ripped it all back and started over. I have a nifty idea for a progression based on a checkerboard pattern which will hopefully look nice, be suitably unisex, and keep me from dying of boredom.