We can’t stop knitting this pattern. The knitting experience is pure zen, with colors slowly changing in your hands as you repeat a simple sequence.
At the end of the knitting, you have a soft, light merino scarf of generous length and wrappability, with painterly shifts of color that are breathtaking.
And you long to cast on another one. It’s fantastic take-along knitting, perfect for chatting. Knit 2, purl 2 (but not ribbing), with some fascinating tweaks at the ends of the rows to keep your interest.
I would have been happy to keep knitting Parallelogram Scarves, exactly as written, until the end of my days. Then Cristina Shiffman went and blew the doors off with her double-width version. She used four Shawl Balls: two in each of two colorways.
All of a sudden, the scarf became a parallelogram-shaped shawl, or a super-jumbo scarf. And how could I not love a project called “The Double Wide?” With four Shawl Balls at the ready, I cast on nearly twice the number of stitches called for in the pattern, and my Double Wide went with me to Tennessee and back last June for our Knitting Getaway at Shakerag Workshops. We had a wonderful time together.
Improving on Perfection
Later in June came the coup de grace: at the TNNA yarn industry show, Tina Whitmore’s Freia Fibers booth had her amazing new invention: Yarn Bombs.
Yarn Bombs are the same light-as-air merino singles yarn that Tina dyes up for Shawl Balls, but with double the yardage. These are big wheels of color.
And here is the key to the magic: the color shifts are even longer and slower. It’s as if Tina dyed a special yarn just for the Double Wide.
Ann and I sat on the floor of Tina’s booth, picking colors for our Holiday Shop order, blissed out of our minds.
These stunning examples of the Double Wide were the result.
the double-wide recipe: Cast on 201 stitches. Then simply follow the Parallelogram scarf Pattern as written.
Here’s a truth: any two Yarn Bomb colorways can be combined to stunning effect. (The same goes for Shawl Balls.) The slow transition of the colors makes it all work out, effortlessly. Our only recommendation is to start out with a distinct contrast between the alternating stripes, even if it means you knit from with the inside end of one Yarn Bomb and the outside end of the other.
To see them is to want them, and to want them is to knit them, and to knit them is to love them, and . . . oh I’ll shut up now. I like them a lot is what I’m saying.
Freia Yarn Bombs are flying off the MDK Shop shelves, but we have stock on quite a few colors. Tina doesn’t make many Yarn Bombs because the process of producing them is even more labor-intensive than her other yarns. So if they are calling to you, listen!