Noro striped scarf

Useful things first:

1. Step-by-step instructions from nothing gets crossed out.

2.  brooklyntweed‘s gorgeous noro scarf which inspired me to make my own.

Now, on to the less useful things. Such as my dire warning that if you’re the least bit OCD, you will hate yourself for starting this project. If having a few inharmonious stripes will make you tear your hair out, or if you have an image of your end result that you’re emotionally attached to, don’t do this to yourself.

Me? I started over about 4 times. Yes, and each time the dread creeped in slowly. It would start with a slight discomfort and become a raging “I CANNOT LIVE WITH THIS HORRID STATE OF AFFAIRS!” Because I just didn’t see any other way, I committed the unthinkable and striped one ball against *gasp* itself. That, my friends, is how you get deformed babies, I’m told. At one point, I pulled all 4 balls of Noro apart and re-balled them according to color. That’s what that mess in the first picture is. I wish I were joking.

If you’re OCD, but you also can’t help how much  you want to have a striped Noro scarf, here are my recommendations. You could use the trick in Useful thing #1, wherein only two skeins of Noro are used, and the contrasting color is a solid charcoal Cascade yarn. Or, you could choose one of your contrasting colors to be low in variance. I recommend  Noro Silk Garden 252:

Here’s my nearly 3/4ths finished scarf. Don’t be too hard on it. Don’t make my poor scarf cry just because you think it’s ugly.

 Good luck! Let me know how your project turns out, won’t you?


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