February Challenge – Double Knitting

Finally managed to complete this challenge.  I wanted to try something new and probably picked a slightly more challenging project than I should have.

Double knitting challenge
Double knitting challenge

The pattern was a really pretty double knit cowl –  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-knit-floral-cowl. This is a lovely pattern and I was really happy with my yarn choices.  Progress was very slow – due mainly to my lack of fluidity in changing yarns and changing from purl to knit.  Eventually I did get the hang of it.  I really struggled with tension and my purl side is definately not pretty.

So now it is finished I noticed my yarn choice may not have been ideal.  Both yarns are lovely but alpaca teamed with a very non stretchy cotton blend sock wool is not the best choice.  The alpaca has a lot of give and is starting to curve over the non alpaca side.

We live an learn – there is no shortage of offers for a good home – I will put it away until next September and see how I feel then.

Red Ruffles

On the topic of putting things away – I have just finished a ruffle scarf  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/red-ruffles.  Another very pretty item.  It took forever – 2.5mm needles and 1,500 stitches cast on.  It was a very simple pattern and has taken for ever to get off the needles.  I haven’t blocked it and will put it away till next autumn.  I am not in love with it but know if I give it away I will see it being worn by a friend and regret my generosity.

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