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Scarves I Have Known

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.

red scarf project

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.

3 comments to Scarves I Have Known

  • T.

    I’ve had good luck “killing” Wool-Ease (steam/spray+iron). I haven’t had two inches’ worth of luck, but I’ve ended up with very soft, drapey, silky-feeling knitting.

    So did you just cast on more sts, or did you change the pattern, too? Bummer to rip… but think of the hours of entertainment you’re getting out of $2.49 worth of yarn – beats the heck outta going to a movie theatre!!

  • Brave, brave Erika.

  • Erika

    T wins the “Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons” award for the day!