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Caroller's Hooded Scarf

The advantages of this warm scarf with attached hood are two: It doesnít make a mess of your hair at all, and itís almost universally becoming. Though ample, itís small enough to consider working in a luxury yarn, and a dressy version is more than possible. You can wrap it, tie it, throw the ends to the back for a slightly dashing look, or even make it in cotton for summer wear if you drive a convertible. It retains a kind of Victorian look that I like.

My friend Shannon posed in this warm and wooly one on a 90į summer afternoon, which is why the summer top and the winter headgear seem a little ill assorted. She was heroic to wear it at all; I didnít have the heart to make her bundle into winter gear for a 'cold-weather' shot.

The Materials you'll need for this Knitting Project:

  • This takes about 12 ounces of a knitting worsted (or the equivalent with 1 strand of DK combined with one strand of mohair, wound together and worked together), #7 or # 8 needles for the scarf.
  • Circular #8 needles for the hood, and smallish circular #5 or #6 for the ribbing.
  • Tape measure, crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches, yarn needle.
  • Perhaps contrast yarn for the edging; this has a red mohair/nylon mix
  • The inspiration behind this scarf pattern

    One of my favorite movies is a long-forgotten but immensely high-spirited 1970 musical version of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Albert Finney as Scrooge (both the old Scrooge and the young one, since he was then 34), Alec Guinness as Marley, Dame Edith Evans as the Ghost of Christmas past, and a host of actors, singers, dancers, and even bell-ringers, gloriously costumed by Margaret Furse, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work. This is loosely adapted from some of the more modest headgear shown in that. It's becoming; it's warm; it can even be a little bit dashing. And it says "Merry Christmas," loud and clear.

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