Knitables

Go Go Get your Garterstitch on!

First thing you need to know about me is I’m ridiculously indecisive.

My good friend Tim has been asking me constantly since we became friends if I’ll make him a scarf for his birthday or Christmas or… just in general. Not being a very conscious gift-giver, I decided to start early.

I asked him: what color do you like to wear? He told me gray (not surprising because it’s his last name…)

So, as I always do, I went to Loop. I picked up some machine-washable Wool/Organic Cotton blend in gray which I thought he’d really like (especially since he told me he wanted gray).

NOTE: When it comes to hand-making gifts for guys, never ask what their favorite color is- just because they like bright green, doesn’t mean they want a sweater in bright green! Either ask what colors they like to wear, or keep an eye on the colors they most wear- that way you can make both of you happy.

I then tried to find a “manly” pattern and found that the easiest thing I could probably do with one super-bulky yarn is the Garterstitch in a wider scarf. I found the “Go Go Garter Stitch” scarf in my copy of “Stitch ‘n Bitch” and figured it would work for this pattern too.

Using size 13 needles, I cast on 18 sts and continued on in my endeavor thinking this would be super soft and awesome and Tim would love me for it.

…Two hours later I ran out of yarn.

I double checked the tag that came with the hank. The hank contains approximately 60 yards of yarn… which would not be nearly enough even if I went and got another two hanks. at 14 dollars a hank, I didn’t want to go down that road.

The next day I went to Loop again, and asked one of the ladies who works there what I should do. She suggested I go away from machine-washable, since they’re expensive and they usually have less yarn in each skein. I found a beautiful and super soft organic 100% Wool in a darker gray than my Spud & Chloe yarn. I didn’t want the first yarn to go to waste, so I took my Dark gray and started making stripes. My new yarn has 165 yards, more than twice the Spud & Chloe, so I make my stripes of dark gray in varying lengths, and add the Spud & Chloe in every now and then.

I tried that and found that the Spud & Chloe yarn was thicker than the Wool, so I took it out and just started knitting through with the wool.

The other day I took it apart. I don’t like how boring it looks and it’s not the same affect I’m wanting in a scarf. I doubled the yarn and have to go buy a pair of 15s or 19s (Broomsticks, people… Broomsticks!) and I imagine changing it to the Moss stitch will allow the knit to be bigger, and just as manly as the garter stitch.

I also figure, since Tim wanted machine washable yarn and I couldn’t give it to him without spending upwards of 40 dollars, I’ll tell him whenever he needs to get it washed, he can give it to me and I’ll hand-wash it for him. I really wouldn’t want him to have a two-inch scarf because he threw it in the washer. Plus, scarves need only be washed about once a year, if that; so I think the payoff will be very good, even though I’m not giving him exactly what he wants.

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