Monday, 15 January 2018

Pattern Release in KnitPicks Windward Collection -- MacAskill Scarf!

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Well, I'm superbly excited to announce that I have a pattern available in Knit Pick's Windward Collection, the MacAskill Scarf!

A woman sitting on a log, wearing a wide cabled scarf draped over her shoulders. The scarf comes down to just above her lap, and has fringe on the ends
Photography: Knit Picks
This scarf came about because I have a love of big scarves that can double as hoods (which are amazing given the recent cold weather)!

It's written for one size; 13.5 inches by 55 inches (34.25 cm by 140 cm), and that doesn't include the length of the fringe.  But, it's very easy to lengthen, and the pattern does include notes on how to make the scarf longer.  

To Purchase both the print book and/or the digital pattern, you can do so from the Knit Picks Website, *here

If you're looking for the Ravelry Database Page, you can find it here.

In terms of construction and techniques, most of the pattern is pretty straightforward.  It's knit flat with cable stitches worked on the Right Side only. I worked my sample using 7mm  (US 10.75) 14 inch straight needles from Turn of the Century,  so this pattern is eminently suited to working on straight needles if you prefer them.  The main cable motif does have one cable stitch that uses two cable needles, so I do strongly suggest that you do use cable needles for the cable motif! 

The pattern has written instruction, but the entire cable motif is both charted and fully written, so this pattern is accessible to those who cannot read knitting charts. 

For yarn, the sample shown used four skeins  (548 yards/534 meters) *Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky in "Marble Heather", but could also be worked up easily in any wool blend bulky or aran yarn!  If you are thinking of yarn substitutions, I'd suggest sticking with a mostly-wool blend of yarn.  The scarf is a reasonably quick knit, because of the larger needles and bulky yarn, though it still requires some time and attention, because of the cable pattern. 

This is the first pattern collection I've ever had a design in, and it's actually quite thrilling (if a little terrifying to actually see my name in print)! But I very much enjoyed designing this, and I'm excited about the possibility of working with Knit Picks for future designs in one form or another!

Well, as usual, I always look forward to seeing what you make, so please, link me on social media, or tag your  projects with #SarahDawnsDesigns, so I can find your awesome things! If you've got feedback, comments, or  questions about the pattern, you can comment here, send me a PM on Ravelry, or e-mail me at sarahdawnsdesigns@gmail.com.  

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