Winter Is Coming and I Have a Scarf 2: Westeros Boogaloo

Since my office had to face the wrath of Sandy, I inadvertently had a week off, which meant a lot of time to finish up some projects that I hadn’t had time for. A big project was dealing with my Stark scarf.

You see, knitting my scarf in Fair Isle (i.e., knitting both right and wrong sides instead of purling the wrong side) meant that, after painstakingly finishing my scarf, it curled. Each side rolled inward until it looked like a jelly roll. My beautiful six-inch-wide scarf was barely three inches wide. You could barely even read it!

So I went hunting about the internet for a solution, and stumbled upon this post by TECHknitting which offered a simple solution: line the back of the scarf with polar fleece. I ordered some fleece, although I still wasn’t sure whether the fleece would be sturdy enough to keep the scarf from curling. But it was! I was so happy! My scarf looked so spiffy. Although, I made the mistake of sewing the lining at 2am, which means that there is bunching in some places where I didn’t hold it taut. SIGH.

Here is the front:

Here is the back:

And here is an ACTION SHOT:

You guys, this scarf is so warm and snuggly. I can barely even handle how nice it feels.

And, I made an honest to God pattern for you guys! I am excited to share it with you, but also a little nervous, since this is my first chart pattern. Note that I futzed around with the direwolf as well, since he had one leg bigger than all the others.

Winter Is Coming Scarf

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite  (1 skein) and 615 tulip (2 skeins)

Needle size: 8 or whatever you need for gauge

Gauge: 18 stitches/21 rows=4 inches in garter stitch

Cast on 25 stitches.

Knit 30 rows in garter stitch.

Follow the pattern here: winter is coming scarf. (Note: I had to make the pattern in segments, which is why the row numbering is weird. Ignore, please!)

Knit 30 rows in garter stich.

Bind off.

Sew polar fleece onto back using overcast stitch (tutorial here).

Wear your scarf, you sassy thing.

And now to give due credit where credit is due:

Lettering is from here

Chart pattern was made from the generator here

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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.