A couple of months ago, I saw a link on Stumbling Over Chaos for a project to knit the weather.

I loved the idea, and decided to make one of my own next year, starting January 1st.

I’ve collected some assorted laceweight yarn in sky colors, though I think I need another one or two shades of blue. Especially since in Utah, the scarf should end up mostly blue. I decided on laceweight so that I could use two or three strands held together. (Probably three, since the yarn I’ve gotten so far is more like cobweb than laceweight.) I could probably throw in some single strands of fingering weight yarn as well. Maybe I’ll add a little bit of yarn in sunset colors, too.

Sky Scarf Yarn

What I haven’t decided on yet, is what kind of pattern to knit. I definitely don’t want to do a long rectangular scarf, since I rarely wear those. A typical triangular scarf would end (or start) with really long rows, and since I plan to be knitting 2 rows a day, that might get difficult. I’m thinking that a crescent or triangle worked sideways would probably be the best bet. But I don’t want it to be totally plain – I’d like it to have an edging and/or texture/lace pattern.

I spent some time on Ravelry looking at sideways-knitted scarves and shawlettes… and there are a ton of them. I eliminated ones with really elaborate borders that probably wouldn’t look great done in stripes.

Here are some of the ones I found: Nickolai, Wildflower Lace Scarf, A Little Bit Bohemian, Faultline, Chinook Scarf, Gaenor, Menten, Pimpelliese, Argante, Lacy Baktus, a lace-edged version of Baktus, and a wild possibility in Apis Dorsata.

Most patterns use garter stitch, which is an obvious choice. But I’m thinking I might do something a little different, like moss stitch or some sort of slip-stitch pattern, to break up the color changes a bit.

For a rectangular scarf, a Chevron scarf might be a fun choice.

Are you interested in joining in? Here’s the Sky Scarf pattern page on Ravelry.


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11 Responses to Sky-in-a-scarf

  1. Chris says:

    Oh, this will be fun to watch you do!

  2. Cookie says:

    That’s going to be so much fun to watch you knit next year!

    Me? Thanks, but no. I fear next year will be a lot of milled yarn and quilting. o.O


  3. Stacey says:

    STOP! Too many things just got added to my queue ACK!!! You could also do a slip stitch row when you change colors to bring the old into the new. Just sayin.

  4. margene says:

    I’m going to check everyone of the projects you’ve listed and see if one of them speaks to me. I enjoy the sky so much so maybe I can get my act together to begin, too.

  5. Kym says:

    That is such a cool idea! I’ll have to think about joining in . . .

  6. vicki says:

    I’ve been collecting yarn! And I’m also trying to decide on a pattern (because I’m ix-nay on the ectangle-ray, too)! Thanks for all of your links! I’ve been wondering whether I could make Christine Ebers’ “See You” shawl work — it’ll be some long rows toward the end, but maybe?

  7. Robby says:

    I wandered over from Margene’s blog to see what you’re up to. I live in CO, so mostly blue here too. I think this one is a vicarious knit for me since it would be unlikely to get finished, but an interesting idea. Now, sunsets… that could be beautiful.

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