I made a scarf like Karen’s for my mom for Christmas, too! I used the Lowbrow Cowl by Thao Nguyen pattern and used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in “Apple” color to make the scarf. Two 100g skeins had finished Karen’s scarf with little to spare, but I figured I would be fine with two skeins for Mom’s scarf.
Evidently (according to the lady at the yarn store), darker dyes somehow weigh more, and since the skeins are done by weight rather than yardage, you have less yardage in the darker colors. This is what I found out when I came up two rows and a bind-off short on Mom’s scarf, and made a frantic trip to the Knittery four days before Christmas Eve – almost 90 miles round trip from my house – where I got extremely lucky and they had one skein left in the same dye lot as I already had!
Like with Karen’s cowl, I used the long-tail cast on, and then because I can’t stand how the standard bind-off I was taught looks (the bound off edge ends up looking crocheted), I used a sewn bind off that I’ve used on other projects, which makes it very difficult to tell by looking at the edges which was cast on and which was bound off. I think it’s amazing how much blocking some projects can change the look so much. Here’s the “before blocking” photo:
(Please disregard how the color seems a bit off. the other pictures are much more accurate)
I love how much blocking opens up the leafy pattern, and made the cowl looser and far less bunchy – it was trying to pucker at all of the “knit” stripes running up it.
I do like how the green yarn looks with the leafy pattern of the cowl – I’ve got plans to eventually make a slightly darker green cowl in that pattern for myself, once all the crazy of Christmas is over and I’ve given my wrists and hands a proper break from repetitive motion hobbies!
My mom knew about this gift, since I’d asked if she was interested (she doesn’t wear scarves much) and then I took her with me to the yarn store, and had her pick the color 🙂 I gave it to her on Christmas Eve, and had fun showing it off to my Grandma, and an aunt that knits as well. Even though she knew it was coming, and what it would look like, I’m still very glad she loved it!