The hubster's Steely Winter hat and scarf set is done. It was a great in between, morale boosting project, you know? It worked up fast and gave me a feeling of accomplishment when a host of other projects seem to be languishing on their needles with no end in sight.
Jo Sharp Silk Road
Ravelry considers this an Aran/worsted weight yarn
85% wool, 10% silk, & 5% cashmere,
About 3 and 3/4 skeins at 93 yards per ball, or approximately 349 yards.
Suggested gauge 4.5 stitches per inch on size US8 needles. I didn't measure my gauge.
I used size US8 needles. I used a 16" circular for most of the hat until the decreasing made it necessary to switch to four dpns. I used dpns on the scarf, since it was so narrow.
My stitches look fabulous on the hat, but with my tendency to purl tighter, the stitches on the scarf are just a weensy bit pinched looking.
I love the basketweave stitch and used a 4 stitches by 6 row pattern repeat on the scarf, with total scarf width of five squares or 20 stitches. My husband prefers narrow scarves. I chose the length very scientifically: I stopped knitting when my husband grunted "yep, that's good!"
I cast on 64 stitches and worked in k2p2 for about an inch and a half and then purled two rows before adding in two basketweave sections (12 rows). I then purled two more rows before returning to the k2p2 rib.
I wrapped it up by decreasing one purl stitch every third purl section, knit even, then beginning at the next two purl stitch section began decreasing a purl stitch every seven stitches, knit even, then beginning at the next two purl stitch section decreasing a purl stitch every six stitches, then knit even. I then used the same decrease pattern on the two knit stitch sections. I then ran a yarn tail through the remaining stitches on my needles and wove in the end.