A scarf for Him

This scarf has been made as a (by now embarrassingly late) birthday present for my mum’s hubby. He specified it should be “black” and “soft”.

That, it is:

Diagonally textured scarf

I used Rowan Cashsoft, which is indeed wonderfully soft. I’m still a bit miffed about the splicing bumps, and I do have a feeling it’ll pill quite badly, but that remains to be seen.

At this point, I’m happy with how the scarf turned out, and hope the recipient will like it, too!

Other than that it’s been quiet on the blog, and you know by now that means my life has taken a turn in one way or another. I’ll give you more details as soon as I have convinced myself I’m not dreaming, and this is all really happening ๐Ÿ˜€ Only so much – it’s all good, and I believe I’ve just been given a great opportunity.

Now move along, please. Nothing to see.

 

The birth of a scarf. With complications.

A while back I knit two shawls for family members, to give to them as birthday presents. I designed these simple shawls myself, if you fancy details you can see them on (publicly, so you don’t need to have an account) Ravelry – the simple Old Shale Triangle, and Nicoletta.

Now, I didn’t design these myself because there wasn’t enough choice out there. On the contrary, the knitting world is brimming with stunning and amazing shawl patterns. I designed them myself because I was in a bit of a triangle shawl frenzy, and also because it was fun to play around with some simple elements. It was very satisfying, and I am led to believe the recipients liked them, too.

A few weeks ago, it was my mother’s husband’s birthday. Obviously he should get a scarf, him not being a twenty-something hipster who’d appreciate a shawl. I did talk to him, so his, contrary to the two first ones, would not be a surprise, but I think that’s alright.

After having established his wish for a nice, soft, black scarf, I started to search for a pattern. And it was devastating. I was looking for something classy, rather conservative, but not boring. Well, yeah. Speaking of the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Serpentello

I eventually settled for Serpentello. It looked promising, and since my chosen yarn, Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply, was a good bit less chunky, I roughly doubled the stitch count.

rowan cashsoft black

That’s where the trouble really started. The yarn knits up rather nicely, it’s soft and squishy. The pattern is great, too – the two together, not so much. Or they would have been lovely for me – I can just see it with my Lady’s Raincoat … but not for Mr. MomsHubby.

One should think a simple ribbed cable would be gender neutral, but it had a very clear vibe of femininity about it.

So off to the frog pond it went. That made things more complicated. Not only did I already know, from my previous search, that good male scarf patterns are as easy to find as hen’s teeth. On top of that did the yarn not take the treatment too well. By that time, I started reading reviews for the yarn, which I probably should have done before I shelled out for it (okay, so it was on sale and required a fast decision …). All the reviewers pretty much agreed that it was a lovely yarn – until you wash it. Or, you know, wear it. It apparently pills like crazy.

And I have to say, it did look rather worse for wear after being frogged. Not unusable, but enough to give me doubts about it’s durability. But, with a shortage of funds and being really behind on my schedule, I knew I had to press on.

So I sat down, made a few drawings, and then came up with a super simple textured diagonal design that I’m happy with.

Unblocked mess

Why are there no great patterns for male scarfs out there, what do you think? Are the ones we actually like and use so simple nobody ever bothers writing them down?

Diagonal textured stripes

Psst! Knitting!

Considering that I started this blog as my knitting place, there has been a rather noticeable absence of knitting content lately.

It’s not that I stopped knitting … but I’m proceeding rather slowly, so there isn’t a lot to show. Except for the days when I have to START.ALL.THE.THINGS.

But let’s not talk about that ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s talk about men’s scarfs. My mother’s hubby has requested a “soft, black” scarf.

Black – not a problem. Other than the fact that I’ve been lusting after a black scarf for months. Well, this way, I can test the yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

Soft – 10% cashmere, I hope, will suffice for his requirements? I’m using Rowan Cashsoft, which has a slightly higher acrylic content than I’d have chosen for myself, but that will surely add to durability and ease of care.

Rowan Cashsoft (black)

Now, the pattern … dude. On Ravelry, there are a total of 48,652 patterns in the Accessories > Neck/Torso category listed, 22,365 are scarfs. Now, that sounds like a great number of choices, no?

Well, after narrowing it down to free knitting pattern, which contain a photo and are marked as for “male” people, I’m down to 31. Now, this next observation is just that, an observation and has not been studied in detail, but looking at these 31 patterns, I see a whopping total of 5 male faces. All other scarfs/shawls at this point are modeled by women. Or purple. A surprising number both.

So I widen my search, and include unisex … well, let’s cut this short, it took me several hours to find something I thought suitable for the rather unexperimental tastes of the scarf’s recipient.

A simple 1by1 rib, reversible (which I believe he’ll like), with a single cable running up one side.

Cable

The yarn is super soft, and has a nice sheen to it. The only thing I noticed are some irregularities I find slightly annoying – how is it that the huge yarn companies so often get away with these things, but no indie spinner or dyer would ever deliver anything like this to you?

Bad splice
Bad splice