The time has come for me to start cranking out some pattern reviews and I’m starting with my modification of the CashSilk Fern Scarf that I found on Ravelry.com. I made this beauty with Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere in Slate. Let me just preface this post by saying I was on the huge hunt for a skinny, somewhat lacy scarf and it took FOREVER to find anything close to what I was hoping to find.
The CashSilk Fern Scarf actually knits up twice as wide and a little shorter than what I did but it’s a great pattern that was easily modified. This pattern is relatively easy and gives a great fern/lacy look that appears much harder than it took to make.
There was one stitch that really tripped me up at first – the sskp. SSKP is not a normal stitch and it took me a bit to figure this one out and here’s how it’s done: slip two stitches, knit one stitch, then pass the previous slipped stitches over the knitted stitch. Easy, right? Right… I’ll break it down further, it’s basically a modified left slanting decrease or a S1K1Psso and this video will show you how to do it if you’re still having trouble (but remember, you slip two, knit one, THEN pass the stitches over).
The other note knitters should make is you MUST have a system to keep up with the row you are knitting. If you don’t consistently use a row counter, like myself, get to know the knitting pattern chart. I had to go back to it so many times to make sure I was on the right row. If you are off by one, it will mess up the look of the scarf so you have to pay attention unless you want a dead fern scarf. It’s not hard too keep up but “free spirit” knitters might hate the attention to detail, but it’s worth it.
My modifications: They start at the beginning of the pattern. I CO 36 stitches. Then I knit four rows garter stitch for a base border at each end. When I worked the pattern I slipped TWO stitches at the beginning and end of each row and only repeat the pattern once.
I knit this one longer than the pattern calls for because I wanted to be able to loop it around my neck and still have a some length. I didn’t iron it out once I was done because I like how skinny it looked when it folded over on itself. Which, works out for the knitting finish hater that I am.
Keepin’ it Classy,
Update 11/30/2011: This scarf, while not thick and a little dainty, keeps your neck WARM. After a couple of hours it feels like someone turned on the electric blanket. Not only cute but functional.