Category: Shifting Sands Scarf

Good and Bad


This is the state of the Jess cardi that I’ve been making for Mum. It looks pretty good, really. But it’s a disaster. The pattern itself is great and well written — can’t find fault with it. The only cause for the disaster was that I was being stupid when doing the yarn substitution. I can’t get the recommended yarn (Elle Pure New Wool) anymore, so I substituted with a cotton yarn! Oh, and did I mention this pattern is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together? The result: An overly thick, heavy, and stiff cardigan. Well, it’s not quite stiff, it’s still drapey, but it’s not comfortable to wear. Gah! I should’ve paid more attention to the warning signs when I hesitated about the yarn in the beginning. Guess I had been in Denial. So I’ll be making something else for Mum, don’t know yet what.


Shifting Sands scarf

It’s my version of the Shifting Sands scarf by Grumperina. Belinda gifted me with a very lovely skein of Malabrigo yarn on our first meet up. It is sooo nice and soft that I had been waiting for just the right pattern to use it with. Then inspired by this, I thought this scarf would be it.

I made the scarf narrower than in the pattern, as I like my scarves not too thick (that and the fact that I only had 1 skein, so I wanted to make it as long as possible). I only casted on 22 stitches (instead of 52), and just kept knitting until I run out of yarn. I only used 1 skein, which gave me about 150 cm (60 inches), not including the fringes. I love, love, love this scarf. I love the colour too, definitely the brightest thing I have ever worn.

Close up

Project Details:

Pattern: Shifting Sands scarf by Grumperina, with mods above
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted, 1 skein
Needles: 5.5mm straights