This is the second of two reversible, double knit scarves that I made for twin boys who just turned 10 years old. Their mother suggested the appropriate team logos and the black and silver color scheme. I added the skyline silhouette.
I decided to do the word “Chicago” in duplicate stitch so that it showed correctly on both sides of the scarf, rather than being a mirror image on one side. Here you can see the other side:
The duplicate stitching on the black side (where the stitches were hard to see) turned out to be the hardest part of this project for me. I thought this scarf would be much harder than the Agents of Shield scarf that I made for the other brother. In particular I expected the skyline to be very difficult, but it turns out I was wrong!
With just one color change per row, the skyline turned out to be the easiest part. It took some time and effort to find an appropriate image to make the chart with, estimate the length, and then break it up into manageable sections and chart it. The actual knitting, though, was a breeze.
Because there was no symmetry to the skyline, I had to actually keep track of my place and follow the chart for each row. In contrast, the other scarf had this repeating hex pattern. The pattern was easy to memorize, but I found I was making more mistakes. I kept skipping rows, getting offset by one stitch, or making other stupid mistakes and having to frog and redo whole sections. I tried to be very careful, but after I finished the piece I still found a mistake I had missed. You can actually see it in the picture if you look closely.
The moral of the story is that, at least for me, charted patterns seem come out better when I am forced to be actively engaged in following the chart rather than repeating a memorized pattern. Maybe this is why I had so much trouble with the lace shawl that I tried to make earlier this year.
It’s quite likely I won’t post again for the next few days, so in the meantime, stay warm, and Merry Christmas!