Monday, September 19, 2011

Wrap Up

I've been threatening to post on this gloriously successful knitting project for a couple of weeks...

Anne Hansons' Cable Keyhole Scarf, Knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca - Brown Rice (6202, Dye Lot 910)

I can't count the number of ways I love this thing but let me give you a few deets:
  • It takes about 60 g of yarn i.e. under 1 skein, and 6 hours (if you're me).
  • You don't have to worry about gauge. It is a scarf, after all.
  • You can even substitute yarns of different composition and weight, though I think a worsted is best, for warmth and heft.
  • It's not hard. I read up on how to cable (online) and this is what came of it.
  • All that's to say, cabling, if finicky, is not scary! I know it looks difficult. It looks fancy and special. But people who've been knitting for 3 months can figure out the technique simply from posts on the internet - and accomplish a successful end result.
  • It's totally flattering - I've had many compliments and I've only worn it once.
  • Last week, I bought enough yarn to make 5 or 6 of these for Xmas presents. Sorry, those of you who know me IRL, your getting a jump on the surprise.
Shout Out to the Knitters: I'd love to make another of these scarves with the remainder of a skein of the Brown Rice coloured yarn (shown above), but I don't have quite enough left - and I've checked every store in the city and it's all gone. I've even put out a request on Ravelry though so far I've had no luck.

If anyone has a skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Brown Rice - 6202, dye lot 910, I would so appreciate the opportunity to buy it or trade with you. Please let me know!


  1. This is such a great scarf. Is it a Ravelry pattern? Unfortunately I don't have any of the Brown Rice in my stash - sorry!

  2. Wow! It is beautiful and I can totally picture you wearing it. It is so you.

    But I will not be tempted to knit, at least not right now.

  3. Woo hoo! I was addicted to knitting these scarves a while back - they are such fun!

  4. Oooh very nice! Details on where you got the pattern and links to the "how tos"

  5. That's a great gift item -- it looks fabulous and I know exactly how wonderful the Alpaca will feel. Love that lightweight warmth.
    And given such modest yardage, you could even splash out and do a cashmere version . . . which would be a From Me, To Me kind of gift.

  6. Andrea: Thanks for being willing to share the Brown Rice yarn. The pattern is available through Ravelry or on the designers website. Her name is Anne Hanson.

    Susan: One craft at a time! :-)

    Roobeedoo: You knitted the very same pattern? It's awesome!

    Karin: Look it up on Ravelry or Anne Hanson's site: There's lots of info about cabling on

  7. F: That's just the thing! I've already researched the yarn. It'll be about 60 bucks for enough to make 1 (those skeins are tiny!). And I love the alpaca, which I've knit with twice, but I fear I may be slightly allergic to it. Next one I make for me will need to be in another fabric.

  8. I love that chunky knitlook! How cool that you were able to make it for yourself. I'm still amazed that it's possible to make fabric, and use it for cool scarves and stuff.

  9. Roses: It's a really lovely pattern - but I don't see it as chunky! Funny how we all view cables in diff ways. (Maybe up close it's less chunky than in photos?)