No Purl Ribbed Scarf

This is another of the projects that I finished up last week while my sister was here.  I finished the knitting the week before she came, but still needed to weave in the ends.  Easy peasy!

Official Stats

  • Pattern:  No Purl Ribbed Scarf by Purl Soho (Ravelry, website)
  • Yarn: 440 yards Cascade Pinwheel in color #14
  • Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
  • Made for Charity
  • Finished Dimensions: 5.5″ x 65″ (after machine washing and drying)
  • Ravelry Project Page

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About This Project

My plans for January included knitting a scarf / hat / mittens set for charity.  This is the scarf for that set.  On December 30, 2014, I met my friend Stacy at Four Purls, a yarn store a little over an hour from my house.  They had this Cascade Pinwheel yarn in many colors that I had not previously seen.  I love this yarn for charity knitting.  It is acrylic, so it can be machine washed and dried.  It is a soft acrylic, not scratchy at all.  All the colorways are long color repeats, and every single one that I have seen is beautiful.  It is economical, at $11.00 for a 200 gram / 440 yard skein.  I bought a lot more yarn than I should have — 7 colorways, 2 skeins of 5 of them and 1 skein (because that’s all they had) of the other two.  The yarn inspired me and as soon as I got home, I cast on for this scarf (using a colorway I already had, not one of the new ones).

This particular colorway had such regular color repeats that I had a difficult time getting a good picture that showed all the colors.  As you can see, I fold scarves to take pictures.  Every which way that I folded this scarf, I ended up with the same color showing on each fold, giving an inaccurate impression of the color changes.  To get the picture above, I folded the scarf in half, then folded it back part way.  Here’s some of the other pictures I took before I finally figured out how to get all the colors in the picture:

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The pattern is super easy.  Instead of purling, you slip a stitch with the yarn in front.  Since you are still moving the yarn back and forth, it is not as quick as just knitting across, but it is probably a little bit quicker than if you were to actually purl the stitch.  It’s fun to see the rib appear with this unconventional method! I knit the scarf in less than a week, but it sat around for 10 days or so, just waiting for me to weave in two pesky little ends.  I also washed and dried it — the first time I’ve done that with something knit with this yarn — because it had cat hair on it.  I was happy with the results and you can judge for yourself, as all the pictures in this post were taken after it was washed and dried.  Unfortunately, I did not measure the scarf before I washed and dried it, so I can’t tell you if it shrunk or not.  I will do that with the next scarf I make with this yarn!

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