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Monday, May 2, 2011

Squid Scarf

The winter be gone spell finally started working and spring has come to White River Junction. That basically means I'll be taking a break from knitting. It just isn't as fun to knit in the summer, holding lots of wooly yarn when it's bathing suit weather is kind of a bummer. I know there are lots of summery things to knit, I'm just usually less into it. So one last post about knitting until fall hits.
This scarf came from my first tries at knitting in the round with double pointed needles a couple years ago. Knitting scarves in the round is super time consuming and I've since found faster and easier ways to make scarves that don't roll at the edges, but it does make for a very warm scarf.
I started by randomly knitting a little squid toy, which gave me the inspiration to flatten it out into a scarf shape.  I made this squid scarf especially for my awesome friend Liz Prince, who loves squids and the color brown.  Like the DNA scarf, this scarf is knitted in the round with squids making up the fringe ends. The arms and tentacles are made by casting on a bunch of stitches, knitting 2 rows then casting off. This is repeated until you have 8 arms and 2 tentacles. Then you create a circle of arms and pick up the amount of stitches to want to knit with from the tops of the tentacles. After several rounds to make the body of the squid start to increase to make the mantle. With making the mantle shape introduce a contrasting color that will be the body of the scarf. I added the chevrons of red and orange to give it some more color.
 I hope everyone has packed up their scarves and are getting ready for summer fun.

Squid Scarf

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