After all my yammering about how much I liked my Chevron Scarf, I should have known that the relationship would sour. Don't get me wrong, I really like the scarf--in theory. But you see, it's the pink. It is too bright and there is entirely too much of it for my liking. Perhaps if the pink was more subdued we could have worked it out.
The neon yellow and green? Love them. The pink, not so much. It's still a great knit though, if you can get past the pink (which, apparently, I can not). While finishing the knitting on the scarf I started thinking about things that are pink in my wardrobe. Pink items that I own include things like flannel pajama bottoms I got on sale and freebie t-shirts handed out at conferences (don't ask). So going with a yarn that had so much pink in it, well no, I don't know what I was thinking either. A great knit, just not for me. So my scarf will travel the avenue of many other knits made by my hands...it will be a gift. Someone who loves pink will be very happy in December (and if she isn't she better proffer an Oscar winning performance).
If you care, I think my dislike for pink has something to do with an episode in my childhood involving my mother, Pepto [Abysmal] and her inability to translate the directions in regard to dosing for a 6 year old (you're all smart, I am sure you can piece it all together). But enough about my relationship with the color pink, let's talk about the scarf.
I like the way that two skeins of yarn play off of each other when knit up in, quite possibly, the simplest stitch pattern ever. It's easy, and if you have 2 random skeins of contrasting sock yarn, it would be a shame not to crank one of these out. So if you haven't already knit one, go check your stashes and find two skeins...go now, I'll wait.
So not being one who wears a great deal of color on a day to day basis, I felt compelled to find something that popped, well, the Koigu I went with had it all (very little pink). The muted jewel tones are gorgeous; and, I thought the neon-y Sundara Bird of Paradise yarn would complement it well and that the colors would balance each other out. I think they sort of do...but you know, the whole pink thing, it skews my perception.
Even though the pattern specifies Koigu for the scarf, I think that the Koigu (and my Sundara substitution) are a little wimpy for this pattern. I think the substitution of medium-weight STR yarn is ideal. That little bit of extra bulkiness would give the scarf a little more "sturdiness" I think.
I went with the majority opinion and just went with the one skein of Koigu. I was really too lazy to order more and not patient enough to wait for it to arrive. Also, Liz had a very good point about the scarf becoming stretchy due to its own weight, smart cookie that one. My scarf measured 56" when all was said and done--for a spring scarf, that's decent, no? I think I could have squeezed in at least one more row based on my "abundant" surplus.
I loved this project. It got me excited about knitting again, so much so that I went into the basket and started working on some of the unfinished knits. And since I absolutely must have some color in my life, I will have to knit this again for myself... But next time, ix-nay on the ink-pay.
Chevron Scarf, a.k.a. Chevy Nova
Pattern: from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts (there is nothing last minute about this scarf)
Yarn: 1 skein of Koigu, P 118 A (from here), and 1 skein of Sundara Sock yarn in Bird of Paradise
Needles: U.S. 5 Bamboo straights
Modifications: Went with one skein instead of two of each of the "colors" and subbed Sundara sock yarn for one of the "colors."
The Chevron scarf flickr group has all sorts of gorgeousness, go take a look to see the fabulousness--it will make you want to knit a Chevy for yourself (though it may not compel you to call the scarf a Chevy). And if you haven't knit one of these, you really must...unless, of course, you find the pattern atrocious (but I don't know why anyone would).