I tend to pick up yarn at charity shops when I can find enough to make something out of it. I found some nice, scraggly yarn a while back and grabbed it, think I could make something for Daughter. I debated whether or not I might have enough for a shawl or a cape, but never made a decision. Then, after last year’s winter, I decided to try a matching cap and scarf set, hoping it would match this year’s winter coat but also last a few more winters.
I got the pattern for the cap from Bev’s Country Cottage, mostly because it was straightforward and could be adjusted for children. I got the ruffled look by casting on to double needles and not tightening afterward. For the scarf, I can’t remember how many I cast on, but I went until I thought it was enough. I also wanted to practice dropping and adding stitches, so it is wider at the edges.
Here they are, on the kitchen chair…
In retrospect, I should have used a garter stitch on the scarf, so that it wouldn’t turn at the edges. Oh well though, Daughter is going to wear it around her neck anyway, so I don’t think the turning will pose too much of a problem. If anyone knows how to stop the turning after the fact, please let me know.
Still, I don’t think it’s half bad for my first matching set, especially since I spent about a pound on the yarn. Daughter likes it too, which is important, since she is going to wear it. I learned several things doing it, and I did it with scrap yarn, so I feel like I accomplished something with it, even if it isn’t my best.