I dug around in my bag of winter scarves in the loft and found this one. It is made of Alpaca wool and it is a sampler scarf.
I was inspired by the owner of a little boutique in St Brieuc, in Brittany, who had the most beautiful things in her shop. She sold a few bits of exquisite material including real Breton linen, buttons, ribbons and trims and some wool. Unfortunately, she is no longer there. I came across her knitting a scarf similar to this one one day and decided to try it for myself.
It is called a sampler scarf because it combines several different kinds of stitches. None of them are complicated and it was the perfect project for me as I am not an accomplished knitter. The stitches, shown below are a combination of basket weave, garter stitch, seed stitch and rib stitch. I finished the scarf by crocheting a little scalloped edge on each end. It's a lovely thing, but unfortunately, Alpaca is itchy! Hence, it was still in the winter scarf bag at the end of winter.
At the moment I am attempting to knit a sort of Aran cushion cover with cables. Watch this space. I may even finish it.
Here you can see seed stitch and basket weave.
This is a larger basket weave and a bit of stockinet stitching.
A close up of seed stitch and basket weave.
The smaller basket weave stitch - I did two sizes.
The pretty scalloped edging.