I was in Asheville, NC at the local yarn store Purl’s Yarn Emporium, when I spotted the kit for this scarf. I was burnt out after the Cosmic CAL, and hadn’t found a crochet project that I was really interested in. I picked up the kit and needles then and there, and ignored the 3 people warning me it was a difficult pattern. And how could I not find something in this glorious, nerdy yarn explosion:
The kit came with the pattern, chart, charms, and Sheep Loves Monkey Adventure Yarn (in Red Dragon and Golden Treasure). The pattern included a Dungeons and Dragons adventure that you can run using the scarf as a map and the charms represent the monsters in each room. You can find Rik’s pattern here and my project page here. The names are different because the charms in my kit were different than the original kit sold years ago. 500 rows later here we are:
I almost didn’t want to post this because I know there are some issues (why are the ends so much wider than the rest of the scarf?). Then someone on Reddit wouldn’t believe that this was my first project, and that kind of put things into perspective.
I didn’t block this, because I didn’t know how well the charms would deal with the process, and I felt the structural issues would be more obvious. It took me half way through the scarf (around the “T” – for trap) to get the stockinette structure down and stop twisting. This guide is what finally made it click for me. I was knitting through the back loop, and compensating by twisting my purls and wrapping the yarn the wrong way around the needles.
After I stopped twisting, the border started to look a little less chaotic. I chose this border because it was the option I could wrap my head around. The no twist, slip stitch edging is highly recommended, but it involved slipping a stitch. Back on row 20 when I realized I needed to do something to keep the two halves together, I didn’t feel confident in my ability to stick to the chart and do that kind of edging. Instead, I used both colors for the first and last stitch of every row. If you’re interested, you can find more double knitting tutorials here.
At the end, the bind off went pretty well, and I went back and slip stitched the border for the first few rows that didn’t have one. If I did it again, I would add the charms after, so that I could block it easily and the heavier charms wouldn’t pull the stitches as badly. All in all, this scarf was a great learning experience. Frogging is so much easier in crochet, but turning rows is easier in knitting. You can get much more intricate with color work in knitting, but crochet builds up so much quicker. I enjoy the variety in crochet stitches, but knitting really does look more like fabric. I think being able to do both will serve me well in the future. I’ve just started a traditional Shetland pattern on double pointed needles, and am looking forward to a much shorter project!
Stay tuned for my post on my Violet Evergarden, Usagi Tsukino, and Wynonna Earp cosplays coming soon!