Introducing Hunky Dory, a bold scarf with a little bit of a retro-glam-rock thing going on:
Pattern: Hunky Dory, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: 325–350 yards/295–320 m bulky weight wool or wool blend yarn. Sample shown was knit in Berroco Vintage Chunky [50 percent acrylic, 40 percent wool, 10 percent nylon]; 130yd/120m per 100g skein; color #6181, Black Cherry; 3 skeins.
Needle: US #9/5.5 mm 32-inch circular knitting needle
The pattern is now available in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry (where I've got a promotion going--see the end of this post for more).
Knit lengthwise in bulky weight yarn, Hunky Dory works up quickly. Cast on, cue up David Bowie's classic LP of the same name, and you'll be binding off before you finish singing "Oh! You Pretty Things." (OK, slight exaggeration there. But really--this was one of the fastest projects I've ever knit.)
I would classify Hunky Dory as an "advanced beginner" pattern. Most of the scarf is simply knits and purls, but there are two rows in the berry stitch pattern that involve purling several stitches together. This maneuver can take a few tries to get comfortable with, and is most easily worked using needles with fairly pointy tips. For this reason, the pattern includes instructions for knitting a swatch. Making a swatch is a good way to practice the stitch pattern and see what kind of gauge you're getting. The finished length is based on the stitch gauge, so you do want to be in the ballpark with your gauge.
What I most love about Hunky Dory is its versatility: you can wear it a different way every time you put it on. One scarf, many great looks!
You have even more options if you wear it with the wrong side up. The wrong side is almost lacy, quite different from the berrylike texture of the right side, as Clarity helpfully demonstrates here:
Thanks to Betsey, Jackie, and Jenny for helping me choose which name to use (I had too many ideas this time), and to Jenny for editing the pattern.
And many, many thanks to my hella perf model, Clarity. Clarity is one of the most creative people I know: she crafts exquisite jewelry (like that necklace she's wearing in the photo above), she's recently taught herself both to knit and crochet, and she makes the most awesome videos for Mount Holyoke College (my current faves are the A Day in the Life series).
We couldn't have asked for a better day for a photo shoot. The weather cooperated with sunshine, mild temps, and not too much wind. It was a morning of fun and silliness ...
To celebrate the release of Hunky Dory, I'm having a promotion on Ravelry from today through November 30. When you purchase Hunky Dory, you can choose one additional Blue Peninsula pattern for free. Happy shopping!