I have only ever made one other scarf/shawl that was exceedingly straightforward – a simple knit with a yarn over increase either side of the center stitch, on right side rows only. It too was knit with one skein of Noro yarn and I gifted it to my Mom.
As I mentioned previously, looking for a challenge and taking inspiration and notes from Karen of Nothingbutknit, I trawled Ravelry and found this simple but lovely looking pattern. And so here it is … finished … my ‘Noro Bright’ BLT Scarf.
The free pattern is: BLT Scarf by Cheri McEwen and it can be found on Ravelry. It is an elegant but simple knit and has optional beading, which I used. The pattern is well written and presented and easy to follow, with many choices/options open to the knitter.
I chose Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn, 1 skein, using approx. 400 meters of it, knit on Addi Turbo Lace circular needles, 3.25mm or US 3. The composition of the yarn is: 50% Cotton, 17% Wool, 17% Nylon and 16% Silk. This particular colorway is very bright and rather bold, and so it makes for an interesting pattern in the scarf, although I’m not sure how I’m feeling about the overall effect.I also used the optional beading choice as I wanted to try beading for the first time. A simple choice of a pale bluish bead was added as per the pattern instructions, and I find it nifty.
I’m pleased with my efforts and am quite liking the results. I appreciate the overall pattern as I find it solid enough in body, with just enough lace effect to be fun but not too light and airy, which I don’t think would work with the colorway or weight of the yarn anyhow.
The colorway is interesting, as bright multi-tonal Noro wool often is. One really never really knows how Noro will knit up given the dying process. In this case, I was initially drawn to the colors as they appeared in the ball, and now, having knit it up, it’s kind of neat, but I think a bit too pink for my liking. I will have to think on it for a bit and eventually decide what it is I’m going to do with this latest effort.
The pattern is definitely one I would consider knitting again, perhaps with a more tone-on-tone yarn of different stripe, composition and brand to see what effects this would produce.