It was a free knitting pattern for a scarf. Nothing unusual there really, a scarf is one of those things that most people will knit at some point (presuming they knit of course). But this one just had something about it that I liked.
I go walking in the Lakes and Fells quite a bit, and a scarf is a bulky thing to have, although warm and useful they can be a bit cumbersome. If it's too long it gets caught up in everything, if it is too short then it keep falling off. What I liked about this pattern, that it was a short scarf with a way of keeping it in place - genius! Why didn't I think of this?
So, as I was going away that weekend, I grabbed some needles and a couple of balls of wool out of the huge stash I have and took it with me. Alas, I had only done 4" of work when I realised I would need some stitch holders (which were 4 hours away at home). It was the weekend we had gone to Bridlington for the Tuffnell Glass Marble Class. My parents had blagged a lift with us so they could have the weekend by the sea-side, so on the saturday I sent my mother out on a mission to find me some stitch holders. Within an hour she had them, from a charity shop at the princely price of 20p each :)
There was a small error in the pattern I noticed (just stitch counts) but I just ignored it and it worked fine.
(Had a little doodle on this photo to show you how it works)
It is so cosy warm, and sits beautifully on the neck.
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