Diagonapples (2014). Knitted in Appletons Old English Crewel Wool
A long, bias knit, garter stitch, diagonally striped scarf specially designed to utilise one skein of Appleton Crewel Wool for each stripe. Can be worn wrapped multiple times or folded double as the mood takes you. The placement of the eyelets form a decorative edge, borders to the stripes and make the scarf completely reversible. The final measurements are 28cm/11” x 190cm/75”.
Appleton is an old and old fashioned company based in London. Crewel wool, as the name suggests is ordinarily used for embroidery and therefore has an epic range of colours. It is comparable to a laceweight and satisfyingly woolly with just the slightest irregularities, making it lovely to knit with.
The colour way shown is included in the pattern is based on the geraniums raised by my friend Rebecca’s 101 year old grandmother in her conservatory. I strongly encourage you to pick your own palette from amongst the 421 colours. Make sure you throw in some wild ones. With 40 colours, I don’t think you can go wrong. Try many different greens and veer to blue or an assortment of greys with a flash of pink. Or perhaps opt for purples and add a pop of complimentary yellow. Or maybe you have a favourite flower or work of art to use as inspiration?
This is a good project to do while chatting, as the bulk of it doesn’t require counting. Though simple, when you are in your stride it can prove quite addictive as you strive to move on to the next colour. The fine gauge means it isn’t a quick knit, but it is a pleasant one. I am on my sixth and have one as my constant WIP.
The pattern is both test knitted and tech edited. It is broken down into two sections: the general instructions everyone should read and for beginners (and those who like it blow by blow) there are row by row instructions. Pointers are given for substituting yarns. This is a great project to use up oddments.
Photo: © Anna Maltz and Thijs groot Wassink.