Today and tomorrow we have two patterns that could well be last-minute Christmas present knitting. Today, we have the Ribblehead Scarf:
We’re not pretending that Ribblehead is anything other than a simple ribbed scarf, but sometimes it’s nice to have even simple written out for you, especially if time is tight or if you’re a fairly new knitter. We’ve worked out the tension, how much yarn you need, how big it will end up, plus we’ve worked out some perfectly proportioned stripes. Stripes! I hear you cry. ANYONE can make stripes. Well, yes, anyone can. But it can be very hard to make really beautiful, perfectly proportioned stripes. Design houses that have lots of stripes in collections will have someone whose main task is to sit with graph paper and pantone pens and draw out colour and stripe combinations. For quite a lot of quite a lot of their days. I kid you not.
Yet again, we’ve used Artesano Aran for this scarf. It’s gorgeous. Truly. We have gone on about this before. We bought quite a lot of it from varying yarn shops around London (different shops have different colours) before we decided we really wanted to use it and actually got around to contacting the lovely people at Artesano. At which point, they sent us yarn! Free! Gratis! Isn’t that nice of them? We’ve already published Pendleton and Chapeau! in this very same yarn, and we have a beautiful cabled jumper for chaps to come (hopefully next week). So Ribblehead uses up some of the yarn they sent us and some of the yarn we’d bought.
Ribblehead is unisex, although we’ve only photographed it so far on our lovely model Cara, who would have frozen her little bottom off standing around the other day when it was not quite getting above freezing point in London but lo! Ribblehead came to the rescue and kept her toasty warm. It may well be the perfect scarf for that difficult-to-please young man in your life who needs a handknit – you can make it in football club colours. Or Rugby club colours. Or even Cricket club colours and it might be more acceptable than a cowl, which seems to be the ‘in’ neckwarmer around the interwebz these days. But then again, pop back tomorrow as we’ve also got a cowl to show you which is definitely unisex as chaps have been asking for the sample. Particularly good, we think, if you know a cyclist…
Meanwhile, you can get your mitts on the Ribblehead pattern here.