Atlas Insider: Cozy Crafty Cottage
This is the time of year when, despite swearing a solemn oath not to knit holiday gifts for people, I come over all crafty. I start making lists: Team MDK, sewing circle sisters, and The Klatch, a group of exuberant Rhode Islanders of which I am a proud visiting member. I fall under the alluring delusion that I could make a “little something” for each of these cherished humans. Something to tuck into their tool bag or seasonal windowsill tableau—or even wear.
The company craft table at MDK World Headquarters is partly to blame. Up here in New York all by my lonesome, I’m deprived of the casual community handwork that my colleagues enjoy. This suppressed longing erupts in a year-end frenzy of stitching tiny trees, knitting tiny houses, or churning out a dozen hats. The clear sequins make their annual appearance, and fluffy stuffing fills the air. In other words: I have a fabulous time.
This year, the knitting production line is not hats, though! It’s the Sophie Scarf by PetiteKnit. This little shmattah has taken the world—and my heart—by storm. There are nearly 2400 Sophie Scarf projects reported on Ravelry.com, and frankly I think that’s an undercount. I saw at least that many at Rhinebeck. They are so stinkin’ jaunty!
Just a soft little neck wrapper—a nice change of weight from the oversized blanket-scarves I generally favor.
The Sophie Scarf is a breeze to knit, I made my first one in a few hours, over a couple of evenings and meetings.
And the design is so clever, with its integrated i-cord trim and aerodynamic shaping. I really loved making my first one, and the second one (in navy on the left) is on its way.
The best part: the Sophie Scarf is a one-skein wonder. I used Atlas, in the Seaglass shade, for my debut Sophie Scarf, and had a healthy miniball weighing 14 grams left over from the 50 gram skein.
I made the smaller of the two sizes in the pattern. To get a longer scarf that could be double-wrapped, you’d need to make the larger size—which is five more repeats of the increase pattern (following by five more repeats of the decrease pattern, of course). That would have put me into a second skein of Atlas.
Since I’m cranking these out en masse (please: no spoilers to The Klatch) I’m sticking to one skein, but I’ll add one or two more increase repeats, which should give me just enough extra length for a double wrap, plus the sweet satisfaction of using up almost every yard.
Atlas feels so good around the neck. Ahhhh.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for MDK emails, right here. If you’re already signed up, you’re all set. We have a new option for texting, so when you sign up for those, you’ll get a coupon code good for 10% off your next MDK order.
Step 2: What is your favorite handmade holiday ornament or gift? Let us know in the comments. (Kay is not eligible, but hers is a dangly tempera-painted egg carton ornament she made for her mom in 1967. It is really good, friends.)
Deadline for entries: Sunday, November 20, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.