Introducing my St. Bernard, Bear. He’s a patient and willing model of winter wear because it makes him nostalgic for his ancestral home in the Swiss Alps. I found this pattern on Ravelry, but the pattern for it is from the Island of Misfit Patterns and can be found here. It’s an unusual pattern, and I was fond of the little diamonds in the middle. Here’s a more detailed picture of the texture:
I couldn’t find a good chunky weight yarn I liked, so I made a few changes.
5 inches wide, about 8 ft. long, post-blocking
US size 7 needles
2 skeins Paton’s Classic Wool in “Natural Mix” (5st/in)
Overly enthusiastic steam-iron blocking which widened the scarf by at least 2 inches.
This being my first blocking experience, I followed the steam iron by an ice pack then rolled up the whole scarf (now flattened and widened) and stuck it in the fridge all afternoon. So quick and easy! Not to mention the hilarity of having others see it in there and wonder about my strange appetites.
Doesn’t Bear look so dashing and debonair?