At long last the plague on my leg is healing, I’m up and about once again, and eagerly planning blogs and podcasts. Whilst this episode of trench foot has been unpleasant (and, apparently, somewhat bizarre in a healthy person my age) it has at least provided some knitting inspiration. Even the foulest medical maladies can lead to delightful woolly wonders.
I had noticed that my wardrobe was lacking a warm scarf in a colour that would go with everything. My grey Damson is lovely but, in a fingering weight yarn, not substantial enough for sub-zero temperatures. I also wanted some comfort knitting. Something soft and cosy that would sooth my antibiotic-addled, house-bound mind. Naturally, I reached into the stash for a skein of Malabrigo. I had one in Black Forest, a great colour that is a sort of washed-out black, with a hint of greyish green about it. It’s dark and semi-solid enough to match almost any outfit, but not so black as to be difficult to knit or harsh against a pale winter face.
So, I had my yarn, but what of the pattern? I couldn’t cope with complicated lace charts and I didn’t want anything too fussy – what I was really after was something more geometric than flowery, if you know what I mean. I also wanted a shape that would be easy to wear as a scarf. Searching high and low through Ravelry, I came up empty handed, so I decided to try something a little more freestyle and ended up with this:
I wanted a very simple texture, and given the delightful abscesses covering my ankle, eyelets seemed the perfect choice. I knit a basic, top-down shawl, increasing at the edges every row, and in the centre every right side row, to create a gentle triangle that would easily wrap around as a scarf.
(Apologies for the ancient, and not very photogenic, towel on which this was blocking).
For the edging, I could have left it straight with some garter ridges or something, but I wanted to add a bit of interest to the shape and liked the idea of the cobweb effect points would give in this colour. However, I didn’t want to detract from the simplicity of the body, so I settled on a very simple lace section, with pairs of double decreases and double yarn overs.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out and in the snow and freezing weather we’ve been having lately, I’ve been wearing this almost every day. Perhaps, rather than a plague, my Black Death will help to ward off future ills…