Winter is Coming and I have a SCARF

UPDATE: More pictures of the lined scarf and pattern tutorial here!

It’s almost here! In a few hours, the year-long wait for season two of Game of Thrones will be over. And just in the nick of time, I have finally managed to finish the fabled Winter is Coming scarf. It only took weeks and weeks of knitting and attempting to knit and trying to figure out this crazy Fair Isle knitting method. And boy, is it big. Like, almost six feet long. At least I won’t be cold.

For the knitters in the group wondering about the details, I used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite for the letters and direwolf  (1 skein) and 615 tulip for the background (2 skeins). For the design, I used a letter pattern found here and the direwolf sketch I made when I was designing my hankies. In retrospect, I should have used a sans serif font to make my life easier, but I had to push on through once I had started. Also, my direwolf’s legs are a little uneven. Oops.

And now on to the pictures!

This was the only way I could make the entire scarf fit into one picture.

A closeup of the direwolf

And my poor little lion Thom had to be my unwitting model, but at least he got treats as payment.

And here is a pattern for the direwolf in case anyone wants to make one.

All in all, I think it turned out pretty well, considering this is the first time I have made a pattern and done Fair Isle. The stockingette stitch is causing it to curl a lot, even after I blocked it, but it makes it a lot thinner and chicer, in my opinion. I’m looking forward to wrapping it around me to watch the premiere tonight.