Knitting Traditions 2018: Journey’s End Plaid
It’s the dog days of summer, and I’m thinking longingly of fall. I want crisp air and golden leaves and warm bowls of soup and, most of all, handknit accessories! Hats, mitts, cowls, scarves—I want to wear them all RIGHT NOW. Alas, it’s still far too warm, but I have a few accessories in my queue that I’ll start on now and have done in time for the first cold day of the season. At the top of my list is my current obsession: the Journey’s End Plaid from Knitting Traditions 2018!
This generously sized scarf features a striking plaid pattern formed with stripes (we all know how much I love stripes) and duplicate stitch. Made with HiKoo Kenzie, a luscious blend of Merino, nylon, angora, alpaca, and silk noils, this scarf is perfectly soft and warm. It’s just the thing I want to wrap around me on an afternoon stroll through the falling leaves or snuggle up in with a book and cup of tea on the couch. And it looks complicated but is easy enough for a beginner like me!
Inspired by Juliette Gordon Low’s Girl Scouts (read more about this extraordinary woman in Knitting Traditions 2018), this scarf’s colors are bright and fresh for fall (and will also be great in the spring). If you’re not feeling the cream and green, though, Kenzie is available in about 30 colorways, so there’s certainly one that will work for you. And if fringe isn’t your cup of tea, leave it off for a more streamlined look. That’s the beauty of this scarf—you can make it your own!
DESIGNER Sierra Morningstar
FINISHED SIZE 18″ wide and 66½” long, not including fringe.
YARN HiKoo Kenzie (50% New Zealand Merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 160 yd [146 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #1000 pavlova (cream; A), 4 skeins and #1016 Tasman (green; B), 3 skeins. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); crochet hook; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 20 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in patt.