On the Needles: Herringbone Scarf

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday!

So, as usual, I’m behind on a crafted holiday gift. (It’s not my fault!) My husband asked if I could knit him a scarf, and being both a loved one and having begged asked nicely, two big requirements for a hand-knitted gift, how could I not do it? Yeah… Problem was that the request came in mid-November and I am not a fast knitter by any means. Had I thought of it on my own, I probably would have started it in September in order to make the Christmas deadline. Oy.

This is the third scarf I’ve knitted so far for my husband. The first one you may remember me mentioning in the Boyfriend Sweater Curse post. For that one, I used an OK yarn (100% acrylic) and it’s a little wimpy. The second scarf is really nice and chunky and perfect for very cold, wintry days. My husband calls it The Hoth Scarf. Maybe if Luke Skywalker had The Hoth Scarf, he wouldn’t have been so cold!

But like Goldilocks, sometimes you need something that’s just right.

Enter what I am calling, The Purple Pie Man Scarf. Where the other two scarves were knitted in neutral colors, this scarf is in an almost electric purple yarn. Honestly though, I’m not sure if this is even bright enough for him. If I could find a fluorescent-like purple in a nice yarn, that would have been ideal.

The yarn I chose to use is really heavenly merino wool, cashmere and nylon blend by Anzula in For Better or Worsted (could there be a more perfect name?). It knits up beautifully and holds fantastic stitch definition. Oh, and it doesn’t smell at all like the Purple Pie Man doll! Did anyone else have the Strawberry Shortcake board game from the early ’80s?

For the pattern, I’m using a free pattern on the Purl Bee’s site–the Men’s Mini Herringbone Scarf. I saw this last year and immediately pinned it on Pinterest for a later project. My husband wanted “just a regular scarf.” Oh yeah right–there was no way that was going to happen. Stockinette stitches are for sweaters. I love to knit new stitches on scarves. The herringbone stitch is an easy stitch, but it keeps your attention. It’s also a good project to knit when you’re watching a movie on TV you’ve already seen before (Clue, Practical Magic, White Christmas).

Now I just need to queue up more movies on Netflix and finish knitting it before winter is over! Hmmm, haven’t watched The Empire Strikes Back in a while…

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7 Responses to On the Needles: Herringbone Scarf

  1. Bonnie says:

    Ooh, that’s really lovely. I adore the color, and the stitch definition is great, too. I hope your husband loves it!

    • Tressa says:

      Thank you Bonnie!

      • Carolina says:

        Hi Tressa! Just found this beautiful project ! What was the color name of the Anzula yarn you used, and how many skeins it took you? It’s way Gorgeous!!!
        Thanks in advance!

        • Tressa says:

          Thanks Carolina! I used 3 skeins in the color Violet. It knits up beautifully!

          • Carolina says:

            Wow! It’s sure gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing the color name! I bet your hubby loves it :) Purple looks great on guys. I saw Matt Lauer at The Macys Parade wearing also a beautiful purple scarf! Then I saw yours today, and I’m in love!!! Thank you!

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