Today I wanted to talk about inspiration. Sometimes my design “mojo” disappears completely and I just sit and make granny squares or reach for a knitting project in garter stitch until inspiration returns. I know it will, but it’s frustrating not to be able to come up something new in time for a submission deadline.
This simple, but very elegant scarf pattern was published in the Christmas Gift Issue of Inside Crochet magazine last year. I fell in love with a single skein of naturally dyed Indigo yarn at Woolfest last June and just has to make something special. Often inspiration comes in the strangest of places and this design was formed as I sat on the beach in Scotland last summer. There were tiny blue flowers growing on the rocks and I began to think about how a simple embellishment could be used instead of a fringe (I can never cut fringing neatly). The main scarf is knitted in a simple repeating textured bobble, chosen because it was easy to memorise. This meant I could work on it as we drove around the Scottish borders.
The yarn is 100% merino, not a British wool, but it was dyed in Scotland. You could substitute any 100g skein of 4 ply yarn. Choose a natural fibre with a beautiful sheen and the making will be as enjoyable as the wearing. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry. You can also find more of my single patterns for sale in the sidebar if you’re looking for some knitting and crochet inspiration. You can find the Border Tart online here or look out for her at various yarn shows throughout the year.