Monday, November 28, 2011

My Ruffled Hybrid

I whipped up a Ruffled Hybrid this weekend. I can't think of another way to describe it because it's a cross between a scarf and a shawl and a cowl. I'm still not exactly sure how to wear it.

I fell in love with this picture of  Laura Chau's Just Enough Ruffles. It looks soft and snuggly and feminine and maybe it would dress up a plain outfit? I could accompany it with pearls perhaps? Black slacks and sweater as the chocolate cake and the ruffles as the frosting? Maybe?

I stash dove and came up with a few of the many balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran I own. I decided mine should be wider because I'm wider, so I added about 50 extra cast-on stitches and then worked the pattern as written. This may have been a mistake - I really didn't need the extra width for this scarf. The thing is huge! But it is also deeper because I did 12 extra wrap and turns. I do appreciate the extra depth.

My Ruffled Hybrid was a curly mess when I finished knitting. Tom promptly pronounced it very strange.

But I suspected that a good bath might do the trick. There's nothing in knitting that doesn't benefit from blocking. This is likely an overstatement but the principle has always proved true for me, and the following evidence yet again shows that washing and drying makes all the difference.

I particularly like the ruffle which is, as advertised in the patterns title, just enough. The  attractive edge is made by knitting several rows of stockinette, and then on the last right-side row, purling the row. You then bind off purlwise on the wrong side of the piece. This technique results in an attractive  piping effect. My ruffle is four rows longer to match the deeper scarf; as written, it looked a bit puny and out of proportion so I added the additional rows.

So how am I going to wear this baby? Don't have a clue. I've got on a hoodie today that is not the least bit conducive for practice or play at least where this scarf is involved. From what I can tell, it looks best as like Jane Eyre shawl but the tails are quite long. I think I could wrap it around my neck a hundred times and I'd get a cowl effect. Anyway, I'll experiment and post pics of me modeling this creation soon.

After spending a year making nothing but sweaters, it's been fun to knock out Tom's Bald Head Hat in a couple of days and this crazy ruffles hybrid over a weekend. I'm working on some mitts for my Aunt Dixie that will finish up in a jiff, too. Then it's back to sweaters that never yield instant gratification... but I love making them anyway.


  1. That is cool!
    I have a pattern for a ruffly 'thing' that I've been wanting to try. You've inspired me. It will be a good take-along project since sweaters are just a bit much to haul around.

    Can't wait to see the modeling pictures.

  2. I have a few longer shawlettes- I like to wear them "backwards" putting the center in the front of my neck and wrapping the ends around to hang down in the front. As a big girl I find this flatters.

  3. This has been in my Rav queue for some time now, and I can't wait to make it for myself! I've only been knitting for a couple of years, and am still convinced that blocking is the best magic trick. Whenever I block something "ornery" like my "Saroyan" shawl and it comes out perfectly it's just amazing.