Mallard Scarf

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been having some difficulties with knitting where it’s not just knit stitch, knit stitch, knit stitch. The dishcloth was a disaster until I finally got the hang of it, and the same goes for this scarf I’ve been making for Jason.

The pattern is the New York Scarf and you can find it here on Ravelry.  I’m knitting it up with Bendigo Woolen Mills Classic 8 ply yarn, in the colour Mallard.

Jason picked the pattern himself and originally I thought, that’s going to be easy. It’s a repetition of two lines only, first being knit 3, purl 2, repeated, and the second line being knit 2, purl 3. But lo and behold, whether it’s stress or tiredness or distractions, I kept stuffing this up.

Here’s what I have so far, about 7 cm of scarf. That’s what I have now…..if I was to say I have restarted this thing ten times, I think I would be underestimating.

I’ve tried a few different cast-ons, but they have been either uneven, or I have cast-on so tight that it was a real struggle to knit the first line. In this iteration of the scarf, I have used a provisional cast-on, so that I can go back and pop in the needle again and do a cast-off, which I find I’m so much better at doing and then both ends will match.

You may see above that stripe of green yarn. After making mistakes so often, I found a hint on a website about lifelines. These have made me so much more confident because so far, my attempts to unravel part of the scarf to remove a mistake and then pick up stitches has failed miserably. This way, the yarn is threaded through a row of stitches, so if you make an error, you can rip it out to that line and the stitches are all ready caught on it, making it easier to place them back onto a needle.

It’s also added a lot of confidence for me because I know I have this and won’t lose everything again.

While it’s frustrating to work hard at something and then have to undo it all, I have learned a great deal in the process. Take the below photo for instance. I have learned to read my work. The stitches with the little bumps are purls, and the stitches with the little loop or scarf around its neck are knits.

What’s great about this pattern, is I don’t need to remember the knit 3/purl 2, or knit 2/purl 3 order. I can now look at my work and knit the knit stitches, and purl the purl stitches.

I’ve also learned how to knit backwards and am feeling better at understanding how the yarn loops with each stitch, so that if and when I have made an error on the last stitch, or three back, as I have done, I can undo that easily and without fear of dropping a stitch.

Anyway, back to knitting for me. I’m aiming to get another 5 cm at least done on this thing today. The weather’s getting colder and I’m sure Jason will be wanting it soon!

Until next time, have fun!


  1. Reply
    Lona June 3, 2016

    I keep meaning to comment then SQUIRREL! I have been super impressed with how you’re taking to knitting like, well a duck to water! I started with crochet before knitting cause TWO sticks seemed like a much more complicated method of crafting than using one. But even so, when I started knitting I was much more lackadaisical about the whole thing lol. I have to apologize for sending you shitty knitting needles that almost killed your hubby. I’m glad you’ve found better needles to your taste. You’re adorbs in the blue cowl! And I’m sure this scarf will be dandy!

    • Reply
      Siabee June 14, 2016

      Thanks Lona! It feels like there have been a lot of false starts but when I get it, I get it! I might just be lucky and most crafty things come easily to me, whether sewing, or cross stitch, or sugarcraft or now knitting. Without you getting me started, I might never have taken the plunge, so I welcome those shitty needles any day 🙂 Not that they are shitty, they just don’t suit me. Now and always, thanks thanks thanks for sending me on this journey!

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