Christmas Eve, when all of my crochet projects were finished and I was looking for something to do I picked up a pair of size 9 aluminum knitting needles that I’ve had hanging around for 40+ years and decided that it was time that I attempted to knit —– again!  You can read about this adventure here in Knitting 101 –  Tips from a Crocheter.

While I was doing quite well (as far as actual knitting was concerned) with the straight needles, I kept getting the end stuck in my shirtsleeve – which drove me to distraction!  So I went out to my local yarn store and purchased a set of Knit Picks circular needles.


Now this presented an entirely new situation!  I managed to get the scarf transferred over to the circular needles without any problems – but OH that “cord”!  That definitely took some getting used to – I couldn’t figure out where it was supposed to be….behind the scarf or between me and the scarf!

All in all,  the Brooke’s Columns of Leaves Scarf is a very lovely pattern – perhaps not something a beginner such as myself should have attempted – but hey, I’m an over achiever 😀  It was very well written and my only problem was that for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to do the p2tog tbl stitch – so throughout the entire scarf I p2tog.  At least I was consistent!

There are a few boo-boo’s (and yes, I can point out every one of them), but all in all I am not displeased with the finished scarf – it just doesn’t look the one pictured in the pattern, because of my inability to manipulate the p2tog tbl stitch.  It’s extremely soft, lightweight and very delicate looking.

Did I enjoy a knitted project for a change?  You bet I did!  I will also continue to knit – as a matter of fact I went back to the local yarn store over the weekend and bought an entire set of the Knit Picks circular needles and I’ve already started another project!

Will I keep crocheting?  Of course I will!  I love making the Fantirumi (and will eventually be selling some) and there are certain things that I would rather crochet.

Here is my finished scarf, what do you think?

Columns of Leaves ScarfColumns of Leaves Scarf

Additional Information:

Brooke’s Column of Leaves Scarf is a free pattern, you can find it here on Ravelry.  There is a hat and fingerless gloves that has this same pattern, and I will be making them as well.

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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