In which even horribly spun and Very Badly Plied yarn can become something warm and lovely!
See, I had this yarn that I had "spun" before my stroke:
It was badly spun, thick and thin, and very horribly plied. I must have been drunk when I plied it. I mean, really:
I had this ball of yarn hanging around for a long time, but I didn't know what to use it for. Then I discovered that my pattern for a Diagonal Rib Scarf had no picture at all! Wowzer. It required sport weight yarn .... hmm, my ball of hand spun yarn was anything from fingering to DK or light worsted, but mostly sport weight ... or something. Anyway, I decided it would become a diagonal rib scarf!
It is a very easy pattern, only four rows in the pattern repeat; it's the same on both sides, so it hangs straight and is very good for a scarf; and you can make it as long as the yarn lasts. Sounds perfect for a skein of hand spun yarn!
It came out great when it was done, and I only had this much after I trimmed the ends off after I wove them in:
The finished scarf weighs 4.41 ounces, or 126 grams, and it is a merino/silk blend (sorry, I don't remember how much it was of each fiber). The scarf measures about 8 inches wide by 58 inches long, though if I blocked it, it would be longer. I just put it on immediately because my house is chilly.
DIAGONAL RIB SCARF
Materials: 100 grams sport weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) straight needles
Gauge varies and really, it's only a scarf.
Pattern is a multiple of 4, plus 2.
Cast on 42 sts. Knit 2 rows.
Work in diagonal rib pattern until piece measures 48" or desired length.
Knit 2 rows. Bind off all sts. Add fringe, if desired. Diagonal Rib pattern: Row 1: K 1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last st, k1. Row 2: K1, p1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to last 4 sts, k2, p1, k1. Row 3: K3, *p2, k2, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Row 4: K2; *p2, k2, repeat from * to end. Repeat these 4 rows for pattern.
Stop when you run out of yarn!