After a few false starts, I managed to turn one skein of Koigu into one perfect little scarf.
This scarf is the lazy-woman’s version of Clapotis. Clapotis is usually much, much bigger and, to be honest, also much nicer. But of course it also usually takes more than one skein. Compromises.
What I did instead was to start knitting the pattern according to the “increase” instructions and just then just mindlessly continued increasing until I ran out of wool. I’m sure there’s at least one person out there who has accidentally knitted this version before.
(1) I used US 7 needles at a gauge of “largish”. Smaller needles would of course have produced a smaller scarf. Since it’s already at the small end of the scarf spectrum, there would be very little distinction between a scarf smaller than this and a useless knitted triangle. If I were doing it again, I might go up another needle size.
(2) I used EZ’s “casting-on casting-off” to produce a wonderfully stretchy cast off edge. This really doesn’t work if the long edge is too tight. See page 24 of Knitting Without Tears or the Purl Bee’s tutorial.
(3) I blocked the hell out of this thing to stretch it as much as possible. It still curls a bit at the edges, but it held most of the stretch.
This was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had knitting. I’m not quite sure why that is, but I now have a more personal understanding of expressions like “it just flew off the needles”. The pattern is a good combination of simple and interesting, and knitting a smaller project on larger needles has a high instant gratification factor.
This pattern also taught me quite a few things. I enjoyed seeing how the increases and dropped stitches were placed so that the left and right sides matched. I’m also grateful to the Ravelers who mentioned using a purl stitch rather than a stitch marker to keep track of the stitches to be dropped. When they’re coming at you every six stitches, markers really slow you down.