Woo! Finally had a chance to photograph some of the things I’ve been knitting on the side. This is the Floral Scarf, designed by Nicky Epstein, from the Holiday 2004 issue of Vogue Knitting. I remember buying this magazine from a huge lot of old Vogue Knittings from eBay. It was quite a fun adventure building up my magazine stash like that, so I’m incredibly glad that I got around to finally using the patterns.
The original pattern has you using metallic ribbon yarn, which I’m not a huge fan of, so I got three balls of Rowan Kid Classic and the pattern still turned out beautifully I think. In this case, I made sure for once to pick out colors that complement my skin tone 😛 Kid Classic isn’t incredibly soft, but it still worked out well as a scarf. I didn’t bother matching the gauge from the pattern exactly, and as you can see mine turned out quite a bit bigger than the original. Of course I’m fine with it, but keep it in mind if you decide to swap yarns like I did 😀 Just know that if you go with a bigger yarn, you’ll just get bigger flowers, no harm done ^-^
As far as the pattern goes, Vogue gives this a 3 out of 4 stars, and I have to say I think it’s much easier than that. Knitting up all the flowers only took a few days because they were so simple. As you can see from the image, they have a kind of granny square feel to them, so the luxuriousness of the original pattern picture really does come from the color and yarn choice, and not so much from the actual shape of the flower. If you’re looking for a more modern-looking flower, I would suggest the Flower Scarf from Vogue Knitting Fall 2007.
But I digress :3 I try to get most of my knitting done while watching movies with the BF, road trips, or while I’m sitting at my vendor’s table during craft shows and conventions. Unfortunately, as I get into more and more complicated patterns it’s harder to listen to the movie/tv and understand what I’m doing at the same time, so it’s making knitting while I watch shows so much more difficult. However with this pattern I could knit away without any fear of losing track of what I was doing. The worst part of the project would have to be the end where all of the flowers are sewn together. I spent nearly 2 hours just weaving in loose ends, so be prepared for that when you jump into this project.
All in all, however, I would highly recommend it! I had a lot of fun putting it together, and I think it looks very stylish despite the granny-square-like flowers. The asymmetry of it, paired with the decorative clasp you can choose to button it really make it transcend beyond the normal scarf.