Who says I never finish a knitting project for my husband? (Spoiler alert: It’s The Hubs.) But this time I really did! It’s the Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood!
I started this project before we were married on a trip to Nashville. Being the good man that he is, The Hubs understood that if I was to accompany him to all the guitar stores that we say in Nashville, he had better deliver in the yarn store department. The Hubs (or should I say The Almost Hubs?) did not disappoint and we stopped at Haus of Yarn within hours of entering Nashville. He watched as I circled the yarn store once, then twice, then maybe about 5 times. “So this is what it’s like when I take you to yarn stores?” He asked. Pretty much, babe.
To make up for dragging him around the yarn store, I told him to help me pick some yarn and I’d make him something. Okay, maybe I picked the yarn and just let him think he was having a say in things. Within minutes of leaving the store and getting into the car the Wayfarer Scarf pattern was bought and downloaded. I think I waited a full day to cast on, so great was my self control. And that is the story of how his Wayfarer Scarf was conceived.
After we got home from Nashville, I admit that this project languished, but what can I say? I was busy doing important stuff like getting married. It is funny to think that this project took so long, since it is the product one of my favorite yarns and one of my favorite designers. This is also one of the few times that I have knit the pattern in the actual suggested yarn. I’m getting better at that, I promise.
The Pattern: Wayfarer Scarf by Jared Flood
The Yarn: Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed
The Wayfarer Scarf combines garter stitch and slipped stitched to create an undulating stitch pattern that resembles a trail or a road. It’s an excellent unisex scarf pattern with just enough of a stitch pattern to stay interesting, but not so much that it needs constant focus. In short, it’s great road trip knitting. You can easily modify the Wayfarer Scarf to add more length if that is what you prefer, but I knit it according to the pattern.
The Wayfarer Scarf pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, which I love. The colors of Shelter are amazing, thanks to their dyed in the wool nature. You can find little bits of the other colors in the Shelter line in each skein. The color has incredible depth. Since the Wayfarer Scarf was for The Hubs; he helped me choose the color (after a small fit of “Please don’t make me knit in black. I don’t care if it’s manly. I won’t be able to see the stitches.”). On the surface, its a nice neutral brown. Once you start looking closely, you can see different bits of grays and blues that take the color to another level.
The yarn is light for a worsted, but very lofty. It’s pretty good for stitch definition but not as good as say, Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor. I will note that this yarn is sheepy. As in, it will smell like wool when you knit it. It will really smell like wool when you block it. I like it, but if sheep smell isn’t something you’re into, I would skip this yarn.
There’s also occasional bits of hay and grass in the yarn every once a while. They don’t really cause any problems, but they’re pretty easy to pick out if that’s what you prefer. The only complaint that I have about this yarn is that it can break pretty easily. Like, usually when I am trying to weave in ends (This has happened to me on two separate projects now.). I just spit spliced the yarn back together (I know. Ew. But what are you gonna do?) and continued working.
As for finishing, the Wayfarer Scarf would benefit from some blocking wires after completion. The slipped stitches cause a bit of pulling and rippling, especially in the middle section where there are a lot of changes in the number of slipped stitches. Blocking wires would help with evening out the edges quite a bit. That said, I don’t own blocking wires (note to self: get on that) and it still turned out just fine.
Also can we talk about how hot The Hubs looks while wearing it. I mean, I know I’m not supposed to tell other people to check out my husband but damn! Like I said, it works up into a great scarf for men or women. The Hubs is happy with it. He said it was warm and didn’t itch like he thought it would (Thanks, honey!). He wore it all day, even while cleaning out the entry closet and vacuuming, so I think it’s safe to say that he likes it. Major wife points for me!