Well, I’m pleased to say that the adventure of the never ending scarf is finally over! You may recall, I had been knitting a scarf with the Merisoft Handpaint yarn (100% wool – and oh so soft!) using three balls and 2 dye lots. With 2 dye lots there ere definitely options!
- I could use 2 balls to make 1 scarf and then with the odd dye lot, make a neck warmer. With this yarn, this would have worked. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t realize this in time, so I didn’t do this. Also, you might not always have this option, depending on the yarn you’re using.
- I could knit half of one ball in the duplicate dye lot, then work in the odd dye lot by knitting two rows of the odd dye lot, then two rows of the original, until I had exhausted the odd dye lot ball. I would then finish the scarf with the half a ball of the original dye lot remaining.
- I could knit one ball of the duplicate dye lot, then 1 ball of the odd dye lot, then the second ball of the original dye lot.
There might be other ways you could work a scarf with three balls in 2 dye lots, but these are the three that seemed the most practical to me. As I said before, I didn’t realize 2 balls of this yarn would make an ample scarf, and I got a little messed up with option 2, so I ended up doing option 3. Yes, it’s finally finished.
In order to accommodate the length of the scarf, as this one is almost 9′ long with the three balls, I decided to make it a circle scarf and seam the ends together. Luckily for me, with the colorway and the yarn, it’s not noticeable at all. Sure, if you inspect it carefully you’ll see it, but when it’s around the wearer’s neck, you can’t. If I were doing it over and doing it the same way, I would have used a provisional cast on and then grafted the ends together to eliminate the seam altogether. In the end, Lisa (she’s who got it), was ecstatic about the finished product, and I was too. Here are a few pics to show you what it looks like. I’ll try and get her to let me take some more and do up a pattern!
I think she wears it well!