Y’member the mini-hanks I showed you yesterday? Here’s a reminder:
Well, after making those four sets of mini-hanks, I took the last remainders and knit up my own sample by using 2 colors at a time.
First, notice that each ball is in a zipper-top bag. They come in so many sizes and are so useful when using more than one color at a time. Plus, they act like a yarn bowl so that your yarn doesn’t wander all over creation. 🙂
But then look more closely at the work itself. Each color band is actually made of two different colors. I realized as I was taking these pictures that I accidentally used #4 and #2 when I intended to use #4 and #3. So #2 is riding along in the second, third, and fourth bands. No matter. You can see how the various colors play with each other.
yet when view from a distance (I shot this from the kitchen area) you can see that the eye sees blended colors.
Oh, and while I’m here, Feather-and-Fan is one of the “Essential Knitting Patterns” that knitters need to know. It comes in many varieties, depending on where a particular pattern originated, but they are all based on an equal number of increases and decreases grouped together. A similar pattern is called Old Shale; some people use the terms interchangeably because of their similarities, while others are sticklers for viewing the differences.
Also, Feather-and-Fan is a pattern that, in my personal opinion, should not be blocked beyond a minor finger-block into shape. You might run a blocking wire or string-trimmer cord up the sides to straighten the edges, but I don’t like to see F&F with a severe blocking. It has texture and that texture finds its own natural way of lying flat; that texture should be honored and left alone. But that’s just my opinion.
Anyway, now that you can see how these four available mini-hank colors work, you will sure need to get at least one four-pack and try this simple scarf pattern for yourself. Using 2 strands and alternating colors regularly, there is enough yarn in each four-pack to make this scarf with 3 repeats plus border. So just drop me an email and tell me how many four-packs you’d like.