It's time to finish some of the things that I've been sloooooowly working on for the holidays, and I did make some progress this weekend. Case in point--the Chevron Scarf. I started this back in May, and it's entirely unacceptable that it has taken me this long to finish. Seriously, it's only about 400 yards of yarn, and the pattern is simple and easy to memorize. But after the excitement of seeing how the colors mingle together and how quickly it grows in the first 10 inches, there's not a lot to look forward to for another 40 or so inches, so it drags out a little. During the summer in particular, it languished. But in the fall, it started to look good again, and it's been my carry-along project for awhile. The ends are woven in, but it still could use a good steam pressing (along with the first Chevron, another Christmas project that recently had its ends woven in). This is a gift for a friend who loves to accessorize, and who looks good in rich colors.
Here are the project details. I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport, in Red Rover and Pioneer (at least I think it's Pioneer), one skein of each. There's a little left over, but I didn't want to risk running out of the Red Rover before knitting the edges. I used size 8 knitpicks options needles, which were a little slick for a highly mobile project, but nice and pointy. The pattern is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
This is the 4th most popular scarf on Ravelry (the other three are free patterns), and in the top 20-ish patterns overall. Isn't knitting always a popularity contest? There are currently 828 Chevron Scarves on Ravelry, and 802 in queues waiting to be cast on. 365 Chevrons have been completed-no, wait--now it's 367. I can't tell for sure who has finished the most scarves, but my money is on Tiennie--she's finished three. Koigu and Socks that Rock are the most popular yarns used by far, and only 34 scarves used the yarn that I used. Isn't Ravelry awesome?