Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Friend Jean

My Friend Jean - scarf
July 2017
One of the projects that I prepared to work on during my recovery was a lacy scarf/cowl called My Friend Jean by Rose Williams. I picked the pattern because it had a simple chart, and one of my goals this year was to knit from a chart.

I just finished row ten or a 32 row insert, and it is clear that I will not have enough yarn for the complete pattern. I started with a gifted 50 gram ball of Rowan "felted tweed" (50% merino wool, 25% alpaca, and 25% viscose). According to my calculations, I will be able to knit ten more rows of the lace and then begin the seed stitch border. My version will be narrow, but I'm sure I will still enjoy wearing it.

For some reason, this pattern and all the other "my friend" patterns by Rose Williams are no longer available on Ravelry.

When casting on the hundreds of stitches for this scarf, I discovered a great tip to join in the round without twisting. "Join without twisting. . ." A Fool-Proof Method is a free PDF.


  1. Good for you learning to use charts! I have never like charts either and will actually skip over a pattern if all it has is a chart. I should make that a New Year's resolution next year.
    Blessings, Betsy

  2. So, how are you liking working from a chart? I don't seem to have a problem with them, though at times I have written out the directions. I tend to highlight rows when using a chart which has made it easier for me. Thanks for the link on how to not twist stitches. I'll have to give it a try!

  3. I never thought I would like reading charts for my knitting, but once I learned how, I actually prefer charts.

  4. I can't wait to see the My Friend Jean scarf .I love the dark color you choose. It always seems to make lace POP when its a solid darkish color. Your tip for Joining without Twisting is so good I bookmarked it. Love the simple idea that certainly works. Tears rain down when I inadvertantly make a mobius!

  5. I'm intrigued by those disappearing patterns. I have a good amount of money invested in my Rav library. Let us know if you find out anything.
    Congratulations on the chart-reading. I generally prefer them, except for mosaic knitting. Mosaic charts just confuse me!

  6. Chart knitting will really open up pattern choices for you!
    Good for the brain, too! lol
    Thanks for the link on joining; tips are always welcome!

  7. Charts are a real challenge for me, and some I've tried were just impossible to follow. I think I need ones that don't have too much happening all at once.

    I love the color of the yarn you are using. :-)


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