Hello friends, it’s certainly been a while this time, hasn’t it?
After my last publication, I have to admit that I got a bit burnt out on designing. In fact, it was so bad, that I ended up dropping every design I was working on and took over a year off. Knitting has always been one of my favourite hobbies, but when it started to feel more like a chore than a pleasure, I knew I needed a bit of a mental-health break, to re-discover the joy that I initially found in it as a hobby.
After a much-needed break, however, I’ve finally decided to start self-publishing again. Last month, one of my favourite yarn dyers, The Plucky Knitter, held an event called “Plucktober,” which celebrated knitting with her gorgeous yarns. I took this event as an opportunity to get back on the horse, and came up with a new design to publish at the end of the month. Thus, Tanwen was born.
My most-worn scarf this winter was one that a friend knit for me. A circle scarf, it is the perfect length to double over and feel warm but not tight. It also features a large reversible cable, meaning that when you do double it over, the cable looks great from both sides. Inspired by that scarf, I set out to make a new pattern with a different design, but the same qualities.
I had two skeins of The Plucky Knitter SNUG Worsted yarn in a gorgeous purpley-pink shade that I wanted to use, and I have to say, the yarn was amazing to work with. The finished scarf is so soft, it’s a joy to have next to the skin!
I’ve always been a fan of the look of cables, but sometimes have been daunted by the complexity and difficulty of knitting them (having to look at a chart all the time, using a cable needle, etc.) I love the look of the main cable that I used for this scarf, and I’m pleased to say that the pattern is actually quite easy to memorize, so hopefully the chart should only be required the first few times. I found the cables too large to do without a cable needle, but I still found that the knitting went pretty quickly.
The end result is a scarf that I think looks great from both sides, in a yarn that’s a real pleasure to wear and knit with. I can see this being one of my most-worn pieces of next winter!
For more details, or to buy a copy of the pattern, please check out the pattern page on Ravelry, or hit the button below!