Knitting another version of something I’ve knit before is usually just as interesting as the first time was. I get to play with a different yarn, or at the very least, a different color. If I made mistakes the first time around, here’s a chance to see if I can avoid them. If I thought of ways to improve the pattern while I was knitting the first one, I can do so and compare the results. And all of that is what I’ve just done with the Larch scarflet (shawlette).
Meet the indigo Larch. Actually, meet the sparkly indigo Larch. The yarn is from Dream in Color and it’s called Starry, a merino fingering-weight yarn with a silver metallic filament wrapped around it. (Epitomizing the word misnomer, the color is called Starless Sky.) I wasn’t sure if I had the temperament for this yarn. I love monochrome colorways, a lot of my jewelry sparkles less than this yarn—sure, Starry was pretty in the hank, but maybe I’d think it was garish knitted up. Nope! It manages to be both fancy and subtle, and I love how it looks. Dream in Color also promises that their colors won’t pool, and at least for this project, they were right. I’d had my doubts about the texture as well. It seemed…not coarse or harsh, but “stiffer” (harder?) than most merino yarn I’ve encountered, and I didn’t think that Lurex filament was entirely to blame. Just getting it wet for blocking definitely softened it up, though, and washing it with a wool wash may do even more. We’ll see.
And of course, the knitting itself went differently the second time around. This time I left off the stitch markers I’d been using to keep the pattern repeats straight. Not only did I not screw up the pattern—always an accomplishment—but the solid parts of the Old Shale pattern don’t have odd lines of looser tension running up the center. Apparently I change tension around stitch markers: who knew? So the only really frustrating part of the whole project was that I ran out of yarn—this despite having more yarn than I did for the orange Larch. I had to stop four rows early (one row of holes, basically) to make sure I had enough to bind off. It’s not a big deal; I just wish I knew where the yarn went!