As you may know, Susie made a beautiful Road Map Scarf sample and everyone in the store has been going gaga for it! By popular demand, she’s leading a Knit Along, and soon you’ll see these handknit beauties driving the roads of Broward County!
According to designer Susan Barstein’s Ravelry page, “Road Map is a scarf made up of 10 different designs. The scarf is knitted in one piece and an attached icord is added to the sides. This is a fun and educational project for an intermediate or advanced beginner to knit.”
The scarf is more than a fun knitting project, it also has deeper meaning. The designer asks, “Where are you going? Where have you been? As you travel through life do you remember what you were knitting when your first child was born? Or when your child graduated from high school? This scarf tells a story. Use Road Map to travel through your own knitting or follow mine. Try your own colors and remember where you were during your journey.”
It’s a scarf that will make you think, help you to increase or practice your knitting skills, and on top of it all, it’s quite adorable.
According to knitters who have completed the scarf, the clever techniques learned while knitting it are really exciting. Raveler Yallknit effuses, “I have to ask you: How in the world did you ever come up with the idea for the I-cord stitch for the edging? I finished the scarf and had put off the edging because I honestly (after reading the instructions) had no clue how it was actually going to work! But after having it stare up from my basket for a couple weeks I dug in tonight and started the edging … it’s MAGIC! I can’t believe it works the way it does! Just can’t figure out how you came up with this stitch. Can’t wait to finish it and it’s 1:30 a.m. and I decided to do this post so I’d put down the needles! Tomorrow is going to be so much fun!!!! I’m definitely bringing to Stitches South to show to you ‘cause I’m so proud!” Now that is a sincere endorsement of the designer’s deft handling of tricky instructions.
Need more proof? Noreen of Long Lake Yarns writes, “The pattern was perfectly written. No mistakes. It’s very easy to keep tooling down the road through stitches that the designer calls “tire treads,” “car bingo,” manholes,” “bumps in the road,” “a road less traveled,” “coastline waves,” “cobblestone roads,” “speed bumps,” and “end of the road.” Not a bit of boring. Well, miles of applied I-cord on the vertical lengths, that was boring. “Are we there yet…are we there yet?”
Ha! Even so, it sounds like the journey through i-cord was worth it. Noreen’s scarf came out lovely, and you should definitely link over to her blog to see the pretty color combo she chose and to drool over the soft alpaca yarn she worked with. Sigh. Knitting is lovely, isn’t it?
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