July 28, 2009
Ugh. This is so not going to work!
It brings to mind two things: first, the failed Mac & Me ruffle scarf. I'm a frilly girl at heart, what can I say?!? (Except the Flutter Scarf ruffle is much easier to finagle than the gazillion-stitch Mac & Me one.) Second, chanterelle mushrooms. The size and volume of the frills is spot on.
It's not going to work because the scarf will come out to be about 10" wide and 44" long. Ouch! I'm a fan of small scarves and all, but that's a really awkward width/length combination.
I was hoping that my 420 yards of fingering weight yarn could substitute nicely for the 440 yards of laceweight yarn specified in the pattern. But I think a lot of that yardage got eaten up by the scarf's width, leaving bupkis for the length. Potentially I could have also used a larger needle to maximize every little centimeter of the yarn.
And so, we frog. Just another day in the life of a knitter :).
I'm not entirely sure what I want to do next. If I stick with the same needle size (because the fabric is coming out quite nice - a good balance between warm and drapey) and:
- work fewer repeats - 2 instead of 3 - my scarf will be about 7" wide and 62" long.
- modify the stitch pattern to contain 3-stitch stockinette panels instead of 7-stitch panels, my scarf will be about 8" wide and 56" long.
No matter what, kind of small, right? Maybe I just don't have enough yarn to pull this one off. What do you think? Perhaps I need to sleep on it before committing to an alternate plan.