February 1st, 2011

WIP – Flicker Scarf

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Hi Everyone

Back at the beginning of January, I was having a mad love affair with Berroco’s new yarn Flicker.  Flicker is a blend of 87% Baby Alpaca/8% Acrylic/5% Other Fiber (the sparkle).  I was nervous about going to  TNNA and how my yarn ADD might take over and make me forget all about Flicker.  I was tempted, as you’ll see in the coming days – REALLY TEMPTED.  Yet I have stayed true to my Flicker, which pleases me to no end.

Flicker is super soft and because of the acrylic content and its construction, its lofty, light and has a wee bit of stretch or “memory” to it.  I knew I wanted to knit a simple scarf that would be squishy and cozy and warm.  I initially thought of a rib pattern but then took to my stitch pattern books for further inspiration.  I couldn’t shake the ribbing out of my head and finally decided to go with my gut.  I cast on for a 4×4 rib – big and chunky-ish – I knew it would fit my criteria for this project, even if it’s not the most inventive or challenging pattern.  I was so right!  Yay me!  Here’s my progress to date:

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I’ve got about 25″ knit and I’m nearly through my second ball.   The first ball got me 15″ so I’m figuring 4 for this project.  The yarn calls for a #9 needles but because (a) I’m a tight knitter and (b) I wanted as much squish and loft as I could get without having a sleazy fabric, I am up on a #10.5.  I have not question I could have gone to a #11.  Look at my loft and squish:

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I’m using my WEBS Interchangeable Needles and they are a dream with this yarn.  No snagging or anything and the stitches are sliding seamless over the joins.  This yarn is a dream to work with.  For the record, my width is about 6.5″ unblocked and relaxed.

I’m not as far along as I would like to be – story of my knitting & crocheting life isn’t it?  But I am staying true to the scarf until I get to the 45″ mark or 3 hanks knit.  Then as a reward I will allow myself to add another project into the mix.

Had I been smart, I would have opted to make something a bit less time consuming.  The lovely Andra designed the Grey  Quartz Cowl using only 2 skeins of Flicker.


(Photo courtesy of www.andra-asars.com)

She’s a faster knitter than I to boot.  Oh well, I am going to love my scarf and it’s all mine.  Of course, given the freezing cold, snowy weather we’re having, I am guaranteed an early spring if I get this project finished by March 1st 🙂

Next update at the 45″ mark!



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8 Responses to “WIP – Flicker Scarf”

  1. guest Says:

    great scarf, great yarn – but please note that “its” does not have an apostrophe unless you are using it as a contraction of “it is.” Bad usage distracts from your otherwise nice post.

  2. KathyElkins Says:

    Good catch – twice no less! My bad. I do know the difference. That’s what I get for rushing before going to pick J1 up from school! On my drive I realized I also didn’t link the interchangeable needles back to the website and then I got your comment! All fixed now!

  3. Bev Cholewa Says:

    seriously guest???? Are you an English Teacher? Do we have to be so careful that we can’t let something as simple as a grammar error ride???????????????????? It must be really nice to, dare I say be perfect??? Not me, I sure “ain’t perfect” Had to put that in as a joke!!!! Now if it was an error in the pattern then I would see where you could embarrass her in front of us all, but not on grammar in a knitting post. Guess I’m a bit crabby, we have 5 plus feet of snow on the ground and now and ice storm coming, another foot or two on Sat. and then another one on Tues.~~~

  4. Andra Says:

    Thanks for the appreciation, Kathy. Thrilled that you “heart” Flicker as much as I do.

  5. Debi Says:

    Love the scarf, but I think I’ll be making that pretty Cowl next. Thanks for the link to the pattern!


    Dear Guest,
    I’m willing to bet 1/2 of my yarn stash that you are a really “tight” knitter. Chill out babe!

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  7. DonnaB Says:

    Please finish quickly, I really need spring to come soon!

  8. BarbChad Says:

    Hi, Am working on Grey Quartz Cowl.  121 cast on sts. As I understand your directions, there will be two knit stitches, the full vertical length of the pattern that are the result from the last st. of the first row and the first st. of the  second row.  This is the only place in the pattern’s circumference that this occurs. Otherwise there are single knit sts. the full vertical length of the pattern, etc.  Is this correct? 
    I didn’t like this look so changed to 120 sts to avoid this problem and it seems to work O. K. Love you patterns. BarbChad@Charter.net 

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