So for a bit of knitting therapy I've started knitting another project. There's nothing like a simpler knitting project to relieve the stress of a more complicated one. I had a look in my wool stash and conveniently I had a lovely little collection of blue, yellow, grey, cream and white yarns waiting to be used. Several of the yarns are pretty special, I bought three of the balls of yarn in Amsterdam. They are a very unusual structure, the yarn is formed from a small knitted tube with another yarn inside. One of the grey balls I bought at a wool fair in Bristol last weekend; its a mix of alpaca and silk and it was a little more expensive than I would normally pay, but it was so soft I couldn't resist. It meant they needed to be used for a project which was a little special too.
I had bias knitting on my mind at the time, I haven't been able to forget about it since I saw a beautiful bias knitted blanket which had a single tassel on each corner on the Purl Bee site. I'd never come across bias knitting before so I was desperate to try it. I decided that I wanted to make a bias knitted scarf, I thought of a few ideas but none of them really took off. So I trawled Purl Bee's knitting projects section (On a side note, Purl Bee is the best place for free contemporary knitting patterns and craft projects.) and I found their pinstripe scarf. It uses the technique of bias knitting and has single black stripes diagonally across cream yarn.
I've used the idea of the pinstripe scarf and adapted it to include stripes of varying thickness in blue, grey, cream and white with thin lines of mustard yellow yarn. The difference is that Purl Bee's pinstripes are worked only over one row and mine are worked over two. The one row wouldn't have worked with the design of my scarf. The scarf is created by first knitting an increase section, then a straight section and then a decrease section. Its knitted in simple garter stitch which I think is perfectly suited to bias knitting, as its so sturdy and holds its shape. So far I have completed the whole of the increase section which forms a triangle shape and some of the straight section. As you can see the increase section forms the first corner of the base of the scarf and the straight section forms the second corner. This will tip the stripes onto the diagonal.