Isn’t it getting warm in Australia?

Meg’s Stitch Ya Neck Out scarf is done!

Well, sort of.

Because Meg substituted yarn (Australia’s own Checkheaton 8-ply in place of Jaeger Matchmaker DK), and there was a yardage discrepancy, 5 full skeins later, Meg’s scarf is only 43″ long. The pattern calls for a scarf that’s 61″ long, which would take two more skeins of wool to complete.

Meg and I decided that when I used up all the wool, I would place the stitches on a holder and mail this sort-of-FO back to her so she could potentially finish knitting the scarf herself. Potentially because she may decide 43″ is long enough for her purposes. Meg will also block the scarf to conceal any differences two knitters are bound to make while knitting the same object.

  • Pattern: Forbes Forest from Scarf Style, designed by Kathy Zimmerman.

  • Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8 ply, 100% machine-washable wool, color #2265, 5 skeins. Grown and spun in Australia!
  • Needles: Inox circs, US 6/ 4.00 mm.
  • Finished size: 9 1/2″ wide, 43″ long.
  • Mods: different, more voluptuous bobbles that required no turning ;). The big bobbles, which are called popcorns in this pattern, are the “simple 5 stitch I-bobbles” straight out of Annie Modesitt’s Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. I intended the small bobbles to be the 3-stitch version from the same book, but misread the directions, so they’re slightly different. Oops!
  • For shits and giggles: I’ve knit 60 popcorns, 75 bobbles, and crossed 948 cables.

Would you be shocked if I told you that this is one of my favorite patterns EVER?!? The bobbles, the cables, the texture… How often do you come across a technically-challenging pattern that’s also easy to memorize and strikes the right balance between boring and mind-boggling? This is IT. And every time I whipped out this scarf in the presence of other knitters – oohing and aahing, I kid you not.

So, I would knit this again in a heartbeat. How’s that for endorsement?

By the way, I knit this scarf in true Annie Modesitt fashion: I crossed my cables without the aid of an extra needle, just like she taught me (uhm, does the number 948 mean anything to you? ;)), and her bobbles are simply brilliant – as though they weren’t juicy enough before, but became simply monstrous after I “set” them – poked and prodded them from the backside until they resembled cherries!

Meg, your scarf (along with instructions about picking up where I left off) will be on its way shortly.

15 thoughts on “Isn’t it getting warm in Australia?

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  1. Carolyn

    It’s gorgeous. I love the rich olive colour. Beautiful. I must say that is the same reason that Forbes Forest was one of my favourite items to knit.

  2. Stephanie

    Very pretty. I love the texture of that pattern. But, I’m skeptical on the bobble thing. My only experience was the Lotus Blossom Shawl and I have to tell ya, I’m not a big fan. Maybe I need to get Annie’s book. Is that book a life-altering experience? Will I read it and all of a sudden love bobbles? Hmmm.

  3. Alison

    Beautiful scarf, but getting warmer in Australia>> HA!!! Tell that to the weather gods who just sent us a hail shower!!!! Although in all fairness, I do live at the bottom of Australia that sees more Autumn/Winter weather during the year than anything else. Fine by me – more excuses to get the knits out and get the needles clicking!!!

  4. CatBookMom

    The scarf is great! Love the color and the fascinating textural elements.

    Completely OT, >>>For shits and giggles < is an expression I used to use and haven’t heard in years and years!! Guess I cleaned up my vocabulary when I eventually worked somewhere that I wasn’t the only female!! LOL!

  5. Meg

    Yes it is SUPPOSED to be getting hotter but as Alison pointed out, it’s not. (Not by my standards anyway.) In fact, last weekend my partner and I went away to the mountains for the weekend (where one would expect it to be slightly colder but still not TOO cold). For various reasons the two of us got different trains back to Sydney and when we met at home my partner said, “It was snowing at the station while I waited for my train! At least, I think it was snow – it was sort of bigger than rain and whitish and falling down and disappearing when it hit the ground.” Poor lad, he’s only ever seen proper snow falling twice before, both times visiting my home in the northern hemisphere, so he’s not too confident on his snow identification skills. Anyway, there will be plenty of opportunity to wear that scarf, come what may weatherwise – it’s beautiful!

  6. Laura

    Kathy, may I say that your cabling without a cable needle tutorial just ROCKS? Thank you thank you thank you. I am working on a sweater with a cable band at the bottom (the Kepler) and have been wanting to ditch that cable needle. Now I am prepared.

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