The Lokken Kerchief: Enjoying the Process
You may have heard other knitters refer to themselves as either product or process knitters. Product knitters are usually motivated by finishing a project and wearing or using it. Process knitters look forward to trying a new technique or simply enjoy the activity of knitting, no matter how long it takes—they might not even finish the project! For some, it’s all about the destination; for others, the journey.
Like many knitters, I consider myself a combination of the two, but I definitely lean more toward process knitting. The Lokken Kerchief is a prime example of a project I’ve knit mainly for the enjoyment of the process.
Modular knitting is one of my favorite techniques. I particularly enjoy it when knitting garments or blankets, since it usually means there are no seams to sew. The Lokken Kerchief uses modular knitting techniques to create a triangular scarf from the center of the top edge down to the bottom edge by working in bands knitted perpendicular or parallel to the previous section worked.
The yarn also drew me to this project. The original version in knitscene Accessories 2012 used a hand-dyed yarn with short color repeats, but unfortunately it’s no longer available. Our new Lokken Kerchief Kit uses Schoppel® Wolle Zauberball®, a shaded yarn with long color repeats. I knew the yarn would give the project a completely different appearance, and I enjoyed seeing the color changes develop as I worked on my kerchief.
One step I was not initially looking forward to was cutting and attaching more than 100 strands of fringe to the bottom edges of the kerchief. But I devised a fast and efficient way of cutting the fringe, which helped me enjoy that process as well. The rhythm of attaching the fringe with a crochet hook while watching TV made that task bearable and almost meditative.
As much as I enjoyed the process of making the Lokken Kerchief, I probably won’t wear it—I don’t really wear small triangular scarves. So, clearly, I wasn’t knitting this for the finished project—at least not with the intention of wearing it myself. However, I did knit it for the purpose of a photo shoot, which means I may be a bit more of a project knitter than I realized.
Featured Image by George Boe.