The February pattern in my Canadian Art Deco Knits e-book is the Hockey Scarf.
This reversible textured scarf was inspired by the corners of Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. That makes it a bit of a miracle that my husband (an ardent Ottawa Senators fan) agreed to model for me. This is the worsted weight version in Sweet Fiber Yarns Merino Twist Worsted (2 skeins of Smoke).
This scarf was the first pattern I designed for the e-book. I’d been collecting pictures of Art Deco buildings across the country and this was the first one that spoke to me. Sometimes a design comes together quickly – and that’s mostly what happened here. I originally tried to include the windows in the middle section, but it got too fussy and didn’t look quite right. When I simplified things and settled on the current design it came together. What I love most about this scarf is how thick and squishy the fabric is.
One thing that I like to do in my patterns, where possible, is to use a variety of yarn weights to make the same design. I originally knit this in worsted weight and then tried it out in fingering weight, adjusting the stitch count and the directions. Wonderful! So here it is in two more yarn weights from two great Canadian indie yarnies.
The DK weight version is in Sweet Fiber Yarns Coastal (Antique Lace, 2 skeins). This is silk and merino and the sheen and feel are amazing. This yarn may not be readily available, but finding a silk/merino blend DK weight yarn shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
The fingering weight version is in Sweet Paprika Yarns Messa di Voce (Café au Lait, 1 100g skein – or 2 50g skeins). The fingering weight version is light and delicate compared to the other two. It’s got great drape and is a dream to wear. I wore mine doubled-up this week to fetch the kids from school in a snowstorm and it was perfect!
I’m already looking forward to bringing you the next couple of patterns in this series – but there is still some knitting left to do for the months a little further out. It’s time to get back to work!
You can get the individual Hockey Scarf pattern on Ravelry for $4 (USD).
The Canadian Art Deco Knits e-book is $25 (USD) and will include 12 different patterns by the end of 2015.