I couldn’t help myself, but I did help a dear friend. After completing my first Something Gradient This Way Comes, I wore it to school. I’m sure you can guess the comments and compliments which “this way came” to me. Not only was my amazing gradient scarf keeping me warm, but I was warm all day with all the people who expressed an interest in my work. However, it was one very special person, who expressed how much she would LOVE to have this amazing gradient scarf and that was my assistant principal. How could I say no?
Gradient Scarf Basics
The same basics applied to this gradient scarf. If you remember, my first gradient knit blanket scarf used the pattern created by Dami Hunter. The pattern is simple and easy, even for a beginner knitter. The girls at my Knit Nite group call the knitting “mindless knitting” because the pattern is simplistic with minimal counting and basic stitches.
The yarn is what makes this gradient scarf full of almighty goodness. Again, I used Magpie fibers “Swanky” DK, which is a “silky blend of merino, cashmere and nylon with beautiful drape and sheen.” -Magpie Fibers. The yarn was purchased at my favorite, local yarn store, McKinney Knittery.
When choosing yarn for the first gradient scarf, I had a super difficult time making a decision. It was easier this time around; however, because my sweet friend loves the color blue. Based on that information, I chose: Empty Night, Castaway, and Masquerade, amazing, deep rich colors, which will look great against black or gray.
What’s so different about this gradient scarf?
There was one significant change in the creation of this gradient scarf and that was needle size. The original pattern calls for size 6, 24 inch circular needles. Size 6 needles are my usual go-to needles; however, my size 6 needles were 40 inches and the wire really got in my way as I was knitting my first blanket scarf. McKinney Knittery did not have Karbonz, size 6 needles in 24 inches, but they did have size 7. I used Karbonz, size 7, 16 inches with the knit hat and scarf I made for my mom and loved the results.
The larger needle size made a difference in 2 ways.
- The amount of yarn used was a bit more, which made me alter the pattern just a bit. Instead of 27 stripes in the second and forth sections, I had to go with 26. And, instead of 44 stripes in the middle section, I went with 42.
- The stitch size was larger, which made for a more defined stripe. Check out the difference in the stripes!
Gradient Scarf Journey
Born: January 2018
Off the Needles: February 2018
- Knit night several times
- Austin, Texas for a technology in education conference
- Cowboy Toyota of Dallas to pick up my car after having the alternator replaced. (Cheaper than a monthly car payment for 4 years!)
Most of the knitting for this gradient scarf happened in my favorite knitting spot at home. 🙂
It is often rare to create a pattern a second time; however, I loved creating my second “Something Gradient This Way Comes” just as much as my first time. Another pattern I intend to create a second time is the warm Knit Hat and Scarf as so many people LOVED this super simple creation I made for my mom. Want to learn more about my knit and crochet adventures? Head on over to All Things Yarn to learn about my knitting history and my Ravelry profile.