Monday, October 26, 2009

Big Damn Chevron Scarf

And when I say Big Damn Chevron Scarf, I mean Damn Big Chevron Scarf! This be looooong.
Big Damn Chevron Scarf 2
If you're trying to read my shirt, it says, "Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket". If you're checking out my rack, well by all means, continue.

Soooo, not much to say about this one. It's the ever-popular Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Like those who have come before me, I have to say... last minute, my ass! Everything you've heard is true - it takes foreeeevver.
Big Damn Chevron Scarf 4
So do what I did - take it on vacation! When you have four- to five-hour layovers, it's actually fun! ;) I knitted most of this on the way to, in, and on the way back from Hawaii, then finished up the last little bit here. Otherwise, it may very well have stalled somewhere in that eternal middle section. Which would've been a shame, 'cause ain't it pretty? The stitch pattern kinda reminds me of the ship, the way it bobs and weaves in space. :)

Big Damn Chevron Scarf 5
Mods: I knitted this in a single colorway, modified the stitch pattern down to 32 stitches, subbed in garter at the beginning and end (as opposed to reverse stockinette), and added a 4-stitch garter edging to each side to keep it from curling. This worked out well for the ends, but the sides? Not so much. As you can see in the modeled shots, they curl in anyway. For some reason, though, this doesn't bother me as much. Go figure!

Yarn thoughts
This is Sweet Georgia Speed Demon in Firefly (Browncoats - can you see all the colors of the logo in here?). Unlike the Superwash Sock from my Dragonslayer socks way back when, the Speed Demon was an absolute dream to work with. This stuff is ultra ultra soft and sproingy! And I LOVE the way it knit up - gorgeous, unique, with unexpected flashes of color.

There was some runoff in the soak, but no color fade and no pilling afterwards, so hopefully this scarf will last a good long while. (Note: I stashed these right after she went on sabbatical, and I think she's now calling it Superwash Sport, so the base yarn might be different. But I have seen the colorway on her new website recently, so it's worth checking out!)

Wrap it up
Love it! The final size turned out huge - 90" long x 5.5" wide. Should be nice and cosy once it stops being 90 freakin' degrees outside. Of course, the lengthy size does set in motion a slow choking process when worn using the traditional wrap and tie method:
Big Damn Chevron Scarf 3

So I'll probably stick with this method instead. Safety first and all.

Big Damn Chevron Scarf 1
Oh, and Nathan, on the off chance you're reading my blog, this one's for you
(P.S. Pay no attention to the wedding photos on the wall and the wedding band on my finger, my darling. Those are
Big Damn Chevron Scarf 6
Big Damn Chevron Scarf

Pattern: Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Sweet Georgia Speed Demon, about 1.5 skeins in Firefly
Needle: HiyaHiya Stainless Steel Interchangeables in size 5, 24"
Mods: Knitted in a single colorway; added garter border to beginning, end, and sides; modified for 32 stitches


Blogger Fujiyamamama said...

I love that T-shirt! I think I need one, well, and a pony...but would you be willing to divulge your source? For the shirt, not a pony.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

You are obviously a woman after my own heart.... But I am single so I get Nathan. Me. :-)

Love the scarf and the t!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Whew, that is a nice long scarf!! So glad I've never had an urge to knit it, but I enjoy seeing others!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

I think you should send it to me so that I can, uh, deliver it to him with your compliments. Yeah, that's it.



7:01 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

That is some scarf! I barely made it through my own, so I bow down to you for making such a long chevron. (You're so right about the last minute thing. This scarf took me a couple months, I think!)

4:28 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Beautiful! The colors just rock. I like it in the single colorway. I lets the yarn be center stage whereas 2 colors makes it more about the pattern. Screw the pattern. Lookit that pretty yarn!

4:36 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

very nice! congrats on slogging your way through it. i think i would have given up way before i approached 90".

she used to have kill bill yarn which i desperately wanted, but i haven't seen it since she returned from the hiatus.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

OOO...I'm always a sucker for a good named yarn. I like yours. I haven't seen Chevron in a while.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Jacey said...

Nathan is a hot one. That colorway is awesome, and the chevron pattern really flaunts it. And the t-shirt rocks!

5:22 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

You know you write the best posts ever, right?! Love the shirt too! And the scarf, I so agree with you on the taking forever, but so worth it in the end! Love yours!!

9:32 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

I love long scarves, but hate wearing them dangling. Not because of the choking factor (although that isn't necessarily fun) but because I hate the way it slips between your legs when you're walking and makes you feel like you have a giant woolly penis.

I CAN'T be just me.

Lovely scarf. Let me know if Nathan shows up. Is he on your list?

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Beverly said...

I worked on mine on a trip too! It was great plane knitting. 90 inches!! Impressive.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

That's one long scarf!

I'm going to go chuckle about chemgrrl's wooly penis remark...

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Great scarf - and yay for you for sticking with it and finishing it. I think this pattern is really one of those that becomes a character test. I finished one, and frogged another. So I think that means I have a half committed character :-)

Love the colorway!

3:48 AM  
Blogger alittlebitofscrap said...

Love a long scarf and in the middle of long gray winter days, it is going to be lovely happiness :)

10:35 AM  

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