Like me, you’re probably knitting your fingers off on holiday
gifts. Also like me, you probably keep adding to the list of
people for whom you’d like to make something welcome, but not
too costly or time-consuming.
Whether you’re a new knitter or an
experienced one, these accessories will surely have a place
somewhere in your gift knitting, because they are quick to work
up, and easy to make. They are practical, and warm, and the
scarf gives you plenty of scope for variations, and the use of
luxury yarns in a project that isn’t a budget-breaker.
And Cathy White’s Cuff Kerchief, at left,
is made of inexpensive synthetics, either worked in the round
or made flat and then seamed, if you’re not yet adept with
For the Not-a-Scarf, the amount of yarn
you’ll need will depend on which yarns you select, and how you
decide to combine them. Two balls of Paton’s Rumor made one of
those pictured, above; the leftover yarn from my Red Scarf
Project—a partial hank of Brown Sheep’s handpainted Burly Spun,
combined with a partial ball of Cascade’s Di-ve mohair
blend--made the other, below.
Needles will depend on your own gauge in
your chosen yarns, of course. You’ll also need a measuring
tape, a yarn needle, and a crochet hook for picking up dropped
And field testing by volunteers from
Larimer County Search and Rescue resulted in pleas that the
testers be able to keep their prototypes. It’s cold here, so I
said yes, and worked several more for photography.
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