The knitting's all done on the Multidirectional Silk Scarf from I have one problem, and one comment.

Notice the buckling? In the silk part?

Multidirectional Silk Scarf

That's the silk boucle not wanting to behave like an icelandic silk. I'm hoping a good stretched pinning and steaming will take care of that.

And the comment:

Multidirectional Silk Scarf

Notice the ends. One bulges out more than the other. I think there is a small problem with the pattern in Step 3, diagonal half diamonds. The first half diamond I followed the pattern and used and ended with 7 stitches over the 5 rows (that's the lower scarf end in the photo). It didn't seem right; the pattern is in multiples of 6, so I should have used and ended up with 6, not 7. But, what do I know, I figured I'd just trust the pattern.

Sure enough, I got to the end and was supposed to knit 6 but only had 5 stitches left. Yep, that's a problem. So I knit 5, and in the second diagonal half diamond, only knit 4 rows. That's the upper scarf end in the photo.

So, in conclusion, the diagonal half diamonds, if knit over 4 rows and using 6 stitches, would work out stitch-wise and give you a nicer looking end.

Also, this pattern is not fun to frog, and the boucle even less so. Otherwise, I might have maybe considered going back and redoing; then again, once I got to the end it was 39 triangles later, and each one took me a good 5-10 minutes... so yeah, chalk it up to experience.

Would I knit one again? Hmm, probably not. Too much turning every 1-5 stitches. On the plus side, it was a good excuse to learn to knit backwards. On the plus plus side, I LOVE the way the scarf looks. The colors coordinate nicely, and it feels and looks beautiful. It was worth doing once and learning the multidirectional stuff. 


Amanda asked about the cashmere blend I bought from Mini Mills. Their website is not great; I dug around and found a page on their fibers. It doesn't list the blend I bought, though. When I was there on honeymoon they said I could email them (or call) to order more. They were very friendly, just not high tech. In fact, we had trouble finding any internet access on The Island and just gave up and enjoyed quieter country living.

PumpkinMama asked about navajo plying. I've done it before, but since it's on a spindle, it's parking and slow goings. There is a video of it (on a wheel) at The Joy of Handspinning. If you've crocheted, think of it as making chains with really big loops.