Knitting up “sentimentality”

My biggest fear about working with Ingrid’s yarn was that I was going to ruin it. That I was going to take something so, so precious to me, filled with so many memories and meaning, and knit it up into something seriously ugly. Especially if the process of knitting it up required chopping the yarn into a hundred little bits!

Fortunately I ended up with circles upon circles of fringe, deep and textured and lovely!

Pattern: Focus on Fringe scarf from The Elegant Knitter by Gina Macris

Yarn: lovely DK-weight wool, about 6 ounces, Dyed by Ingrid!

Needles: 24″ Addi Turbo, US 6

Finished size: about 6.25″ wide, 86″ long, with 4″ fringe.

The scarf’s multitude of dimensions – the two colors, the variegations of red and pink, the knits against the purls, the diagonal lines, the fringe – that’s definitely my favorite part! I’m also glad that my limited and irreproducible supply of wool resulted in a pretty hefty scarf – I love wrapping the fabric round and round my neck, tossing it over my shoulder, looping it this way and that :).

Making the fringe was (honestly) a little tedious: leaving the strands of yarn at the end of every row, pulling them taut, tying the knots, cutting the ends evenly. Well, the cutting part was pretty quick and fun, especially considering how much trouble I had the last time around!

straighten out the damp fringe, aim, and cut (carefully)

Anything is possible with a rotary cutter and cutting mat!

The movement of the fringe in the wind is also quite cool 😉


64 thoughts on “Knitting up “sentimentality”

  1. Joan Hamer

    That’s truly beautiful. You did the yarn proud. Gee, I have a rotary cutter and mat but never used it. I just finished a Graceful Shawl and need to trim the ends. I guess I’ll get out my supplies. I never thought of doing that with knitting.

  2. allie

    Beautiful. You really made the yarn stand out! I loved your cutting process, especially compared to last time. 🙂 I will have to keep a rotary cutter in mind for the next time I add fringe.

  3. Debbie

    The scarf is awesome! The yarn, beautiful! Is the rest of the book worth buying? I don’t remember this one. Thanks for the look inside.

  4. Ruby

    Beautiful scarf!

    And what a great idea for getting the fringe all nice and even. I don’t do fringe much since I don’t like the work involved in making it even…and yet my rotary cutter and mat are still in their original packaging. What a waste! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Nessa

    You have inspired me to knit something that I normally wouldn’t knit. I never even looked twice at this scarf until this! Absolutely stunning.

  6. Kate

    I went back and read the story of the yarn and it was beautiful! and the scarf is the perfect happy ending. I have been a regular lurker on your blog for several months now and as a new knitter am inspired that you (who produce such amazing things!) only started to knit in 2004! I am blogless but you make my day!

  7. Cecilia

    Love the way that turned out. What a great way to use up those odd balls hanging around in the stash. It’s so simple yet really interesting. Enjoy.

  8. Atlee Breland

    So, how is the fringe made in the first place? You knit across a row and back, then cut the yarn, leave a new tail, and repeat?

    I have a failed granny-square-based FO, and I’m thinking the little pieces of yarn from frogging the granny squares might work well for this.

  9. woolcat

    The yarn you bought to cheer yourself up after a broken heart – how fitting it should be ready for your first Valentine’s Day as Mrs Sweetness 🙂

    Gorgeous yarn and beautiful scarf!

  10. nikki

    A lovely and special knit, for sure.

    My daughter loves making fringe. More than knitting, in fact. Thats an eight year old for you. 🙂

  11. Kathy in KS

    Kathy, you are a brave brave woman to hack up that yummy yarn like that. But, your bravery was very well rewarded. I wish I had thought of that rotary cutter thing when I was combing out fringe on my carpet with a wide tooth comb and using many many index cards lined up and long scissors and many prayers. Your way looks so way easier. Nice job.

  12. k

    Wow – love it. I’ve been waiting for the FO on this one, and it turned out even better than I thought it would. Might have to make one of my own.

  13. Ria

    What a lovely scarf! I do like the fringe, too; it’s an interesting twist on the normal fringes we see on scarves, being at the narrow edges rather than along one long edge.

    Does the fringe blow in your face, though, when it’s windy? I think that would drive me nuts!

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