Prisoner of Azkaban Book Ravenclaw Scarf
Pattern: Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Scarf by Lauren Kent
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (100% wool) in Winter Night (11 skeins) and Wheat (2 skeins)
Needles: Addi Turbo 5.0 mm (US8) 40 cm (16 inch) circular needles.
New-to-me techniques: PATIENCE!, three needle bind off.
Important stats: 85 stitches per round and a full set of 14 trapped bar repeats (559 rows) yields 47,515 stitches. This is 8 feet, 10 inches long and ranges from 9.5-10 inches wide.
One would think that working a pattern like this - stockinette in the round - would get boring. I didn't really get tired of it. I would often knit while watching a movie or TV show, listening to an audiobook or podcast, which I think really really helped.
There's not much else to say about something this straight forward. I decided to try a three-needle bind off, which worked quite well, I think. However, the difference in appearance of the two ends is what ultimately lead to my decision to add the fringe.
Initially, I wanted to add the "S" monogram by intarsia or duplicate stitching with the bronze color, but that was not to be as I was lucky to have enough to finished my last set of trapped bars. Instead I purled it in. The benefit to also being a cross-stitcher is the fact that a lot of cross-stitch software will allow you to "type" using any font on your computer and have it display in stitches. I believe the font for this is Copperplate. As I was adding this to the last repeat of the scarf, I decided to add it in "upside down" so it wouldn't seem upside down while wearing the scarf. While I remembered to turn my pattern upside down, I forgot about the fact that I was knitting right to left while reading left to right. Oops! I frogged back and fixed it and am quite pleased with the results.
I think I will have to postpone Part 2 of my ogranization picturepalooza. Tomorrow we're off to the Lake District after work to partake in Woolfest, so I will catch up with that in the upcoming weeks!