Red Herring Scarf

January 2nd, 2007 | View Comments

Finished Red Herring Scarf

Pattern: My own, download it for free here!
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK, #521, 4 skeins
Needles: Addi Turbos, US6 (4mm)

I really, really, really like the finished scarf. The pattern has the slightest bit of texture to it, and it produces an pseudo-illusion effect when you look at it from different angles. At some angles the pattern shows up as a zigzag; at some angles you see vertical stripes. The effect is subtle, elegant, and looks good dressed-up or dressed-down.

Red Herring Scarf, pattern detail

My one complaint is the amount of curl in the finished scarf; the moss-stitch border didn’t do as much as I hoped it would to stop that from happening—seed stitch might have been a better choice.

The current line of Rowan Cashsoft DK is 40% microfibre (it used to be 30%), which lends a nice sheen and more durability to the finished fabric—it is both machine-washable and ironable—but makes it that much harder to block the curl out of it.

Regular ol’ wet-blocking with pins and towels wasn’t enough, so I did something that would make many knitters gasp and took an iron to it on medium-high heat (oh, me and my abuse of good yarn). It took a bit of the loft out of the yarn, but otherwise nothing bad happened, and it did a better job of beating it into submission, although there is still a tendency to curl that increases with wear.

Did I mention that I really, really like the pattern? I may have to make another one at some point. But not right now, I have big knitting plans! More on that later…

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  1. Claudia says:

    Ohhh that is stunning! Thank you for the pattern!! :-)

  2. Jen says:

    Nice! I just downloaded and printed out your Archernar scarf. Love them both! Thank you so much!

  3. Alex says:

    That is beatiful–looks almost woven!

  4. Tammy says:

    That is lovely!

  5. lobstah says:

    Wow, very professional looking!

  6. Svenja says:

    Thank you for the lovely pattern. I think I will try it in alpaca.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Ann says:

    So subtle! Gorgeous! Right ON!

  8. Yvonne says:

    Glad you like the pattern, everyone!

    A fellow knitter found an error in it; please download a corrected version here.

    Sorry about that!