I’ve gotten back to knitting again, as I often do during the winter months. I really feel drawn to knitting around this time of year. It just goes so well with the season: the cold weather, long nights, and having to be indoors so much. I had a slew of leftover sock yarns that needed to be used, so I searched on Ravelry for a pattern and found the Graphic Kerchief by Ce Persiano. It’s a free pattern that uses fingering yarns, and I decided to give it a try. It was my first triangular piece of knitting, and a fun knit to make. I like the fact that it was easy, but that it also taught me something new, such as how to wrap and turn a stitch. It also makes use of short rows, which up until now, was a technique I hadn’t used outside of sock knitting, for turning a heel. The pattern uses short rowing once, but I decided to use it a second time to straighten and balance the piece on the opposite side. By knitting this pattern I got a better idea of how short rows can be used to shape a piece of knitting, so it was a positive learning experience that was also very enjoyable. I really liked the free form use of colors that I was able to employ in this piece. That was my favorite part about this project! Here’s a link to my Ravelry Project Page.
I chose to block this piece when I finished it. One side of the triangle was a bit uneven, so I used lace weight blocking wires to straighten it out. I gave the kerchief a wash in Eucalan first before blocking. I treated myself to a set of blocking mats to make the job easier. Another reason I blocked this piece was because it was a bit small for my liking. I thought that blocking would enlarge it, and I was right. Here’s the specs:
Pre Blocked Measurements
Long Side: 48″ (121.92 cm)
Cast Off Side: 27.5″ (69.85 cm)
Third Side: 30.25″ (76.83 cm)
Post Blocking Measurements
Long Side: 51.5″ (130.81 cm)
Cast Off Side: 31.5″ (80 cm)
Third Side: 34.25″ (87 cm)
Here’s a few pics of me wearing my new scarf/shawl, and my creative process.