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Endless Baana Scarf Finished

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 18, 2010

Endless knitting project

This was the most tedious knitting project I’ve done in ages. I bought the pattern for $2 from KnitPicks because I didn’t know about it when it was free on Ravelry. (Honestly, I don’t know why I bought a pattern when I could have figured it out myself. I think I was seduced by the novelty of buying and downloading a pattern on-line — instant gratification!)

The triangular scarf (the pattern actually calls it a “shawlette”) starts at the back of the neck. You cast on a few stitches, increase at 4 points (two in the center and one at each outer edge) and knit linen stitch until you run out of yarn or patience. I ran out of patience long before I ran out of yarn but I forced myself to finish because the project was too heavy for me to keep carrying it around at the bottom of my backpack.

The things that I dislike about linen stitch are (a) it’s too fiddly to be mindless, (b) it’s too mindless to be interesting, and (c) it requires a rather large needle size (4.5mm) relative to the size of the yarn, which I find uncomfortable and awkward.  I knitted this rather small scarf with 2 x 50-gm skeins of cotton (about 80 m/50 gm). If I’d chosen a finer yarn, like sock yarn with more yardage, I probably wouldn’t have needed two skeins. OK, so the stitch itself was not a good fit with my knitting personality.

The increasing method (m1 from strand between stitches) is not easy to execute in linen stitch, where every other stitch is slipped. The two center increases were apt to leave holes, so I changed the center increases to k1 in front and back.

The eyelet row was easy to execute. The picot edge was rather fiddly and the instructions were not very clear. My advice is to grab a crochet hook and do your own picot edge. All that “cast on 2 sts/cast off 2 sts” gets very repetitious. At least the edge of the finished scarf isn’t very large. I wouldn’t have had the patience to do a knitted picot edge on a large shawl.

Back to the Orenburg shawl. It’s fiddly but interesting.

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