Multnomah #2 and Scarf Thoughts

DSC03106I sure like this Multnomah pattern. I cast on for this second one, almost as soon as the first one was off the needles. It has 3 things that I like:

DSC031091. I can make it with fingering weight yarn. (Some of that laceweight yarn scares me. And we won’t even talk about broomstick lace.)

2. There is a lot of easy-peasy garter stitch.

3. The border is done in one of my favorite patterns – Feather and Fan.

Oh, and bonus #4. It doesn’t take 25+ hours to complete!

I was particularly motivated to get this one done because it is in Fall colors and I wanted to wear it this season. Although I’m sure I will wear it in the winter, too. I might need a spring colored version in a few months as well. I used 1 3/4 skeins of Colinette Jitterbug, and I adapted the pattern by knitting to 265 stitches before starting in on the Feather and Fan border.

Have you heard that shawls and scarves are “in” this season? (We are nothing if not hip, right?) I don’t see a lot of handknit shawls for sale, but I have been seeing quite a few scarves in the catalogs. Most of them are big, warm, worsted weight ribbed versions, done in solids and stripes. Like this one. And I liked some of the color combinations in this one. Here’s another, and another.

If you’re looking to make some of these, you can’t go wrong with Cascade 220. It has every color and shade variation known to man. 2 skeins of Cascade will do you. Or if you like the 4 color versions, get 4 colors and make two scarves out of them. How about team colors for someone’s favorite sports team? Or school colors for your sons/daughters/nieces/nephews? Maybe your sister always wears black and needs a red/white/black striped scarf to pep things up? Or maybe your brother would look great in a classy black/light grey/dark grey combo? Don’t worry about a pattern. Just do a simple rib (K1,P1, or K2, P2) and play with the colors and stripes. You can make them all the same width, or do random patterns. If you make one, I’d love to see photos! Here are some quick three-skein combos that I put together on the table in front of the Cascade wall. All of these are from the Cascade 220 line.

Colors on the left: 4001, 8893, and 9408

Colors on the right: 2403, 9499, 9543


Colors on the left: 7811, 8414, 9411

Colors on the right: 9407, 4008, 8339


Colors on the left: 9424, 8686, 1208

Colors on the right: 8906, 8404, 7814


It’s time to vote on your favorite finished Girasole from our 3rd Quarter KAL. Hop on over to the Loopy Photo Gallery and pick one, then email your choice to support  We’ll tally up the winner next week. I know many of you are still working on yours. Just add it in to the gallery whenever you finish up. We love seeing how they all are turning out!

And we have winners from our October blog contest, last week! Thank you for all of the cupcake suggestions (and for making me make peanut butter frosting). We’re sending colorful yarn prizes out to: Noella in MA, Shelane in FL and Bonnie in OH. Congratulations to each one of you!

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  1. Your Multnomah shawl is beautiful. I will begin mine after the new yarn I ordered from you arrives today! Looking forward to it.

  2. I love how your Multnomah shawl turned out! I have had this and a lot of these scarf/shawls on my queue, and you know I have plenty of stash to choose from! Decisions, decisions. I just need to pick one!

  3. My bestest friend and fellow knitter and I were shopping at the mall on Saturday. There were wraps and scarfs all over along with many great sweaters. I look at the sweaters and my reaction always is, I can make that. Looking at the wraps and scarfs, my friend said, “it is our year—knitters are cool”. ‘nuf said.

  4. What happens if you don’t finish a knit along? Can you still buy yarn? What if you love the knit along and just have other things to knit first? What if you had to start your knit along a couple of times and sort of think you have knitted the whole thing only not all the different parts? What if you don’t know how to send pictures over the interweb? Can you still buy yarn? The ultimate question remains: Can I still buy yarn? May I still buy yarn?…………

  5. Sheri, that Multnomah is wonderful! Very nice! I love shawls and scarves, always have. I’m so thrilled to be back in fashion again! And what about lace weight is frightening? It’s OK. If you get hold of some cobweb weight wool and make a small project from that, I guarantee you that you will never fear lace weight again, no matter how fine! 🙂

    I’m casting on the Knitted Veil in Pyrenees Wool from Victorian Lace Today, using some Alpaca With a Twist Fino I bought expressly for that at Fling. Hopefully I can finish by Christmas, as it takes me almost as long to get around to blocking something as it does to make it. 😎

  6. “…We are nothing if not hip…”

    Actually, with all the knitting I’m needing to get done for Christmas, I am going to be nothing *BUT* hip….. Glad to hear the scarves are “in”, though; that’s a great idea for quick gifts!

  7. I love the Multnomah Shawl! I just want it bigger, but I need to go back through your blog because I think I remember you mentioning that somebody had “up-sized” it.

    Funny you mention the popularity of shawls. I saw more shawls walking around the marketplace at Sock Summit than socks (although granted, the shawls are not partially hidden inside shoes or under pant hems 😉

  8. So exactly how long did it take you to knit your Multnomah Sheri?! I’m only getting started doing shawls that can double as scarves and I love Multnomah but figured it would take too long!

  9. I love the fall shawl…..

    My son got married on Sat and it was chilly here (we had snow on Fri & Sun – Sat turned out beautiful) in the northeast…..I made one for myself in a choc brown and one for the bride in white and we really needed them….(different pattern than yours, but I’m doing that one soon)….I had 2 people ask if I could make them shawls……they really do keep you warm…

    I am going to try this pattern out……soon!

  10. Sheri- You will love the traveling woman shawl. I am knitting it right now, with a skein of fiberphile I was lucky enough to snag from the update last week.

    How do you block your shawls?

  11. Sheri, I love the look of the traveling woman shawl but it will have to wait. I really love your multnoma and the colorway you chose is perfect for fall. This one I want to do sooner than later. This looks like full size shawl size. I am assuming it’s because you added the extra stitches before starting feather and fan. I noticed on last weeks blog you have a new baby sheltie. I had one when I was younger named Molly. My husband bought her for me the first time I broke my back so I would have companionship since I was home alone so much of the time. She lived to be 17 years old. We were all very sad when she passed on. I now have pretty bad asthma and pets are a big no no. I now have to rely on my gradson Jake’s dashound Marley for my doggie fix.

  12. You’ve really inspired me to make this pattern Sheri. I wouldn’t have given it a second look without seeing both of yours. On a side note, what sort of dressmaker’s dummy is that one in the photos? I really like it and I need one.

  13. OK Sherry, I am now inspired to make the Multonmah- both of yours are so gorgeous! I have also always been so scared of lace weight, but I have many skeins of lovely fingering to choose from. Purchased at Loopy of course.

    And thanks for the recipes-cake and peanut butter frosting-how can you go wrong. Yummy.

  14. Gorgeous (your Multonmah).

    I’m always a little surprised by the things I see in the catalogs. Some of these scarves are priced at about $50, but don’t require any great technical skill to make, but I know if I made them for one of our local holiday bazaars that I couldn’t sell them even for half that.

  15. I love the look of F&F (your Multnomah is lovely) but for some reason I am always making mistakes working it.

    I’m so used to “reading” my knitting from the row/s under, which is not easy with F&F. It’s so simple really – 6 of this, 6 of that – but when I go back to look the wave is skewed…

    I have an above average IQ and I can’t count in my head to 6 repeatedly???

  16. Sheri, love your Multnomah shawl! I started making mine last night, and as faast as it’s going, I’ll probably start another one when this one’s done! I like the longer length, I’ll probably make mine the same. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Had to stop in on Thursday and pick up some yummy Alpaca with a Twist to make the Rosalie scarf for the upcoming New Moon premier!!!! Several of my Twi-hard relatives are getting scarves made from Twilight named yarn or from a pattern inspired by Twilight! I want my own Alpaca now. That yarn is sooo soft!

  18. Thanks for the Traveling Women shawl reference. It is beautiful and this morning I was just looking at a hank of Dianne’s Creatively Dyed Sea Cell yarn I purchased at Stitches West this year and wondering what I was going to make with it. I think this answers my question.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Your Multnomah is so beautiful I tore apart my Swallowtail shawl and I am now making the Multnoma in Wollmeise Sonne. You are correct in say that it is additive, I almost cut classes today to work on it. Pouring rain here in NJ and knitting seemed better than Algebra and Racial Diversity.

  20. Love your Multnomah! I met some new knitter friends on a knitting cruise this summer and most all of us had made the Multnomah. I kept hearing them talking about the “Melanoma” shawl, and I finally asked what it was. One of them kept mispronouncing Multnomah so their modified version was Melanoma. Rolls off the tongue better. Yours is pretty!

  21. Love this pattern. It is still to hot in Texas to even think about wearing a sweater, scarf or shawl. I am making wrist warmers for Christmas presents because they are small and don’t add any heat. Praying for a winter like last years

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