Morning Surf Scarf, Featured on Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell, Episode #1411


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The Morning Surf Scarf is knitted in a simple lace-type structure that works up quickly because of the dropped yarnovers. The undulating design is particularly suitable for showcasing variegated handspun yarn. The tale of how the Morning Surf Scarf came about goes back many years to my beginning spinning days.

While attending the 1995 annual January Spin-In in Destin, Florida, a hank of Chasing Rainbows handpainted bombyx silk/Merino wool roving in variegated gray-green tones kept beckoning to me at the market. Being fairly new to spinning, I did not deem my skills advanced enough for this premium fiber. However, returning from a morning walk along the beach with its hazy low sun upon the waters and gentle swelling surf of gray-green waves, I felt more confident and inspired. I decided to purchase the roving as a remembrance.

As encouragement for those relatively new to handspinning, let me assure you that the yarn I spun had character! To show off the nice diversity of textures in the rather inconsistent 2-ply yarn, albeit with those beautiful colors I had remembered from my walk on the beach, I composed a stitch and row sequence with undulating long floats bordered by reverse stockinette rows to capture the feeling of the gentle waves under a morning haze. Note: I recommend using straight needles. If you use a circular needle, you may have difficulty in sliding the multiple yarnovers from the flexible connector back onto the needle area.

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