This modified Unicorn Stripes (by Antonia Shankland) scarf was a form of therapy. Who cares that it’s super long and repetitive? It uses lots of stash yarns, some of which were Madelinetosh mini skeins. The colors were beautiful to watch as they alternated and I found my stresses somewhat calmed by watching it grow.
I’m wondering when the whole mini skein/ Unicorn Tail thing became a thing. How smart to sell small quantities for someone to make a striped project without having to purchase a huge skein in each color. I would never have been able to buy all of the skeins necessary to make this scarf. As it is, I didn’t even have to buy the Unicorn Tails. I received all of them in gift bags with each class I attended at Veera and Joji Knit America. I also won two skeins of Byzantine in Twist Light as a door prize. “See!” I explained to my husband, “I had to take these classes to save us money.” Frugality first, I always say.
Details: I used size 3 needles and an easy tension with fingering weight yarn. My scarf looks more “airy” than the pattern sample but I wasn’t worried about that. It’s a knitted tube and looks full when worn.
I used a 15 color repeat, twice, then finished with a stripe in the first color. Each of these stripes used about half a unicorn tail, except the first and last. They had some additional garter stitch rows. Since that color was used twice in the 15 colored order, then again at the end, I needed 3 mini skeins of it.
Okay, so this is how I made the 15 or so tails I had stretch to knit this scarf designed for 30 different shades. Basically, I reduced my cast on by a third, so it’s not as wide as the original, and I reduced the number of rounds in each stripe by 2. Nothing complicated. Since I still didn’t have enough of the precious madelinetosh in varying color ways, I supplemented other fingering weight leftovers from my stash.
The pattern sample definitely follows a more rainbow hued pattern, but I think I got close enough by adding some green, brown and yellow and organizing my stripes so that, at any point, each stripe was surrounded by colors that worked with it. Of course, I would have loved to make the true extra squishy scarf, with every color available but I used what I had.
I originally envisioned pretending to ride down a wooded road, with someone holding my scarf, flapping, behind me as though I were really booking, but we got rained out. I also couldn’t guilt trip anyone, besides my daughter, into helping me. If they help me, I have to listen to their comments, anyway. So if I turn to get a photo of the back of a knit, my son says I’m taking creepy mom booty photos. Of course, after a few run-ins with stranglinscarfluvr on flickr, I’m inclined to agree with him. Sigh.
You know this scarf could give the Memories Blanket trend some real competition. It uses a mini skein per stripe (or half, if you reduce cast on like me) and you don’t have to wait for four years to finally hold up a completed mini blanket, all covered in pet hair and dust and say, “Look, we finally have a blanket that will cover a portion of our legs!”
I say this, but I started my own Misty Colored Memories Blanket with leftovers from this scarf. More on that over the next four years.
So do you remember which Gilmore Girls episode this knit is inspired by? It’s the one where Rory and Paris decide to go to Florida for Spring Break and then only want to spend the whole time watching old VHS tapes in their room. They just aren’t partying types. I think Paris and Emily are so awful that they’re my favorite characters on the whole show.
I think this scarf definitely has the same vibe as Rory’s. However, it’s just about Spring Break and warm here, so this scarf is doomed to be packed away until next fall.
The Gilmore Girls KAL is just about to wrap up. There are so many beautiful finished knits. Check them out.
Antonia Shankland has designed several great knits featuring madelinetosh yarn. The Bubble Wrap Cowl is one of my favorites.
Completely irrelevant but just in case I wonder later, or you wonder ever, here’s my striping order. Everything is Madelinetosh, except where noted:
Silver Fox, Pop Rocks, Dirty Panther, Tarte, Gloss Fingering in Hawk, Gynx Yarn in Goth Girl, Moonstone (I think), Ink (I think), Celadon (I think), Cousteau, Silver Fox, Shire, Cascade 220 Fingering in Olive, Cascade 220 Fingering in Yellow, Suri-Al Fibers Chiron in brown, then I repeated the whole list. I ended with one last stripe of Silver Fox, so the ends of the scarf matched.
Now prepare for another creepy mom booty photo.