Driftless Scarf

When I was designing this scarf I really wanted something naturally simple that would build up softly in layers, something lovely that would help a beginner gain confidence while making,

but I also wanted it to be something expertly crafted and intricately clean, something that a more experienced maker would appreciate.

The finish leaves straight edges on all sides, ready to wear and beautifully minimal on its own,

but at the same time is the perfect surface for adding on a bold contrast or delicate lace edging. I didn’t want to overwhelm and fill the pattern with endless options, so I left it at two widths and a solid foundation with room for your creative variations.ย ๐Ÿ’•

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf

(We live on the edge of the Minnesota River Valley known as the Driftless Area,ย surrounded by steep bluffs, where underground streams have carved out hidden caves and created natural cold springs. As a kid I would dig up kaolin clay in my backyard, look for fossils in the drift and occasionally find a bit of shale or mica for my pocket. I have always loved living in a place where some of the landscape was blurred smooth by glacial retreat and some was not, giving me the joy of having expansive fields of flat midwestern prairie to run through, mixed with high peaks and deep limestone valleys to marvel at.)

This scarf is a little bit that simple complexity ๐Ÿ’•

Slow & Steady

There is something about working mid-weight lace that is just so pleasing, the knitting builds up quick and once done it doesn’t melt into a puddle of unrecognizable folds around your neck ๐Ÿ’•

..pay no attention to the fact this took me over a year to finish..

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Cowl Pattern: Slipstream

Project Bag Pattern: Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio

(or you can get both the premade Fringe Field Bag – seen in the first photo & the sewing pattern for the Stowe Bag – seen in the last photo, at Fringe Supply Co.)