more quick gifts

Still using the Interlacements Oregon Worsted II yarn, colorway Tapestry, I knit a few more quick xmas gifts. I made another headband, making a few changes. I made the increases on the wrong side (kf&b) rather than the right side, and I think it looks much better. And I made it several centimeters shorter, since the last one was too loose.

I made this drop stitch scarf to match, and I really liked the way it turned out. I had never knit anything drop stitch before, and I had assumed it would be a quick, easy knit. It actually took a lot longer than I thought, and it totally hurt my hands. Not technically challenging, it was just a PITA because the dropped stitches makes it so loose. I really tensed up a lot to make sure I didn't drop any extra stitches. But anyways, it turned out beautiful, I love the way the colors ran a diagonal up the scarf. I was lucky with the spacing. I made the pattern up based on others I had found online. Let's see, for this I just cast on 25 stitches, knit 3 rows, did a row of (k1, yo3 across ending with a k1), then knit the next row, dropping the yos. Then I knit 4 rows, and repeated those 6 rows 31 times. Then I ended with just 3 garter stitch rows (instead of 5, to match the other end).

If I were to do something different next time, I think it would be to put only 4 rows of garter stitch between the yarn over rows, instead of 5. This way, the direction I was knitting would have switched each time I did the yo rows.

See on one end of each yo row the long stitches looked all nice, like these ones on the left. The other end of each yo row pulled the stitches up from the previous row, looking a bit messy, as seen on the right. If I had worked on each row a bit when I was done and tried tightening it up, I might have been able to make those messy stitches look a bit better, but I figured it wasn't worth the effort, since it's hard to see from far away. But in the interest of making the scarf more symmetrical, I would have switched the messy end each time. So next time.

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