Cables and Lace Advent Scarf 2015
December 3, 2015
March 2016

Cables and Lace Advent Scarf 2015

Project info
Cables and Lace Advent Scarf 2015 by Tricia Weatherston
Neck / TorsoScarf
Needles & yarn
US 6 - 4.0 mm

I’ve been interested in advent scarves for a year or two, but it never seemed to be the right time for a new project. This year, I’m giving it a go!

My yarn is some I brought home from our last trip to Sweden. My mother-in-law generously gave me a number of hanks of a rustic cream wool. It’s unlabeled and I don’t know anything about it beyond what I can tell by looking. I think it’s 100% wool. It’s definitely 2-ply, and my best guess (after doing the “pencil-wrap” measurement) is that it’s DK weight.

The hank I’m starting with is 432 grams (15.2 ounces).

(Some of the) stitch patterns used:
Twig (day 1, left)
Cat’s Paw (days 1 and 2, right)
Leaves (days 2-4, left)
Leaf Lace (days 7 and 8, left)
Lily of the Valley (days 5 and 10)
Flower Eyelet (days 4 and 6, right)
Openwork Diamonds (a version of it, day 10)
Honeycomb Trellis (similar, not same-- days 8-10)
Aran Trellis Cable (not sure what the cable is actually called, but it looks a lot like this one-- days 6-9)
Ladybird (lace, days 9-12, left)

December 3, 2015

Set up and Day 1:

Using a provisional crochet cast on, because I think I might want to make this a loop scarf.

“m5 sts in one” is new to me, I think. Not too bad, though. “p5tog” is tricky, though! After struggling through one and having the stitches popping off the needle on the second one, I’m adopting the crochet hook method. (Note to self: Using E/3.5mm hook. Remember to put yarn in front of hook for a p5tog and wrap yarn clockwise around crochet hook.)

December 12, 2015

I’m up to the middle of Day 10-- so still a bit behind. Trying not to rush too much, because my left elbow was a bit sore this morning, and I don’t want to end up on a pain-forced time-out.

With Day 10’s clue, I’ve started using a different method of making nupps with a crochet hook. I think I prefer this method. I’m also using a larger hook (4.5mm). So far, so good. My nupps still aren’t as quick and easy as the one demonstrated in the video (too tight!), but it’s much easier than trying to knit them.

I love some of the stitch patterns in this scarf. I’d like to ID them and make a list for future reference, because there are some that I would like to use again in future projects.

December 14, 2015

Having fun! Almost finished with Day 12 (so still behind, but that’s okay). I wasn’t happy with how my left twists looked, so I found this tutorial. I much prefer the way my twists are turning out with that method.

December 23, 2015

A couple of days ago, just after I finally got caught up and was ready to start knitting the clues on time, my right wrist started acting up. I was afraid that if I didn’t take a break, I’d hurt it worse, so I put the scarf on hold.

I’m saving up the last few days of clues to work on after Christmas, instead. Maybe that can be my “unwinding” project for the upcoming holiday weekend. :)

I’m actually not sure when I finished grafting the ends of the scarf together. It would’ve been spring 2016 at the earliest, but might have been much later. I’ve just washed and blocked it in November 2018, but I’m setting an earlier finished date, because I completed the knitting (except for the grafting) by at least March 2016.

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  • Originally queued: December 2, 2015
  • Project created: December 3, 2015
  • Updated: November 15, 2018
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