It’s one of the good things about knitting, the way we can shift our game to suit the mood.
For example, after doing what I consider a respectable amount of marling (two blankets, a scarf, and a sweater), I caught myself eyeballing cable patterns. Time to move some stitches around! Time to get dimensional!
The design I kept drifting toward, Erika Knight’s Escalator Scarf, has been on my mind for many months, given the production schedule for our Field Guides. As Field Guide No. 20: Atlas came together, I looked at the photos again and again, trying to figure out what exactly that cable was doing.
See? It’s asymmetrical. Yet symmetrical. The cables shrink and swell as they twine their way up the scarf. It’s not like any cable I’ve seen before.
And—the thing that really gets me—there’s a long ladder that runs from top to bottom, the result of dropping a stitch and letting it go, all the way down.
I have never in my knitting life done such a thing. All my dropped stitches have been tiny tragedies, not triumphs. This just looks like fun.
Picking a color of Atlas yarn was the biggest impediment to starting. Worrying about the color of a scarf is the kind of worrying that I can really dig into. I thought about this a lot.
I went with Tutu, as part of my ongoing program to knit colors I’ve never knitted before. (I highly recommend Picking Unexpected Colors as a way to wake yourself up.)
Tutu is a team favorite here at MDK. So much love for this pink.
As I’m knitting with it, Tutu changes color all the time, depending on the light. I guess that’s true of all colors, but this Tutu is a real switcheroo—it goes Double Bubble.
Then Balanchine pale.
Then straight-up Pepto-Bismol.
Which to me is the ultimate optimistic color, because every time I have had to turn to the Pink Cordial, I have felt nothing but gratitude that the Pink Cordial was available to me.
I realize that sounds kind of terrible, but really—this scarf is supposed to be a comfort, right? What’s more comforting than a lil cup of chalky, bright-pink relief?
Stay tuned. I am having a swell time with these twirly cables, and the thrilling ladder moment is coming.
If you’re looking for a cable staycation, this is the one.