Technicolor Fun or Garish Mess?

If you have been keeping up with your knitblog reading of late, then you already know what this means:

whatever could this be?
whatever could this be?

I have recently become the type of person who enjoys wearing a scarf as an accessory, not just as a utilitarian object that keeps me warm. I have been wearing my crocheted rib scarf and the Silk Garden scarf that A (Soapbox) made me all the time and thinking that maybe I should knit myself a few more fun scarves for wear as accessory.

The thing is — I really don’t like knitting scarves.

But I have been gazing longingly at the Chevron scarves popping up all over blogdom (flickr group; Maritza’s; Ashley’s; Nona’s; kelp!’s; Staci’s– among others) and since I have a plethora of sock yarn stash, I must have something that will work.

I found myself drawn to the scarves that combine colorways that don’t necessarily scream out that they match. The ones where the tone of the two colorways is not the same. The ones that my technical and conservative-with-color brain would never put together. I made it a goal of mine to attempt to do the same thing: put two colorways together that I never would think to do so.

I’m not sure how I feel about it.

scarf and yarn
chevron scarf

Sometimes I look at it and think how colorful and bright and fun it is.

the scarf is so bright, I gotta wear shades

Other times I look at it and think it is a garish piece of trashy knitwear.

I think I like it overall, as a fun accessory. Worst case I wear it reverse side out — it’s a bit more muted that way.

[For the curious: the yarn is Artyarns Ultramerino 4 in #111 (pink/purple/brown -- I thought it was red when I bought it), and Koigu frogged from a sock toe I disliked.]

20 Comments so far

  1. stacey on February 27th, 2007

    I love it! A great use for skeins of sock yarn that you don’t want to use for socks!

  2. caitlyn on February 27th, 2007

    I think it’s beautiful! It would brighten up any outfit.
    Those Chevron scarves are popping up everywhere, and I am so tempted to by some STR for one!

  3. knittingphilistine on February 27th, 2007

    Oh, I really like it! A bit circus-y, perhaps, but there is something so pleasing in the bright, primary colorness of it. I say go with it, unless you’re just not a red person. The color scheme the two yarns create has great balance, though.

  4. Jean on February 27th, 2007

    Oh, cool! I really like it. The two colorways are working together in the scarf really well. It looks completely, intentionally, bold and wonderful. Keep going!

  5. Dawn on February 27th, 2007

    Awesome, it is bright but on some days when you really need a pick me up, it will be perfect. You are tempting me. . .

  6. katie on February 27th, 2007

    I’m liking the mix of bright, clashy colors and small stripes. If this was knit in worsted weight it would never work, but with small stripes I’m digging it.

  7. naomi on February 27th, 2007

    I think it’s great. (Granted, my favorite scarf is bright orange with red, and I usually wear it over either sky blue or bright red…so you may want to take that with a grain of salt.)

  8. Deneen on February 27th, 2007

    I think it’s wonderful technicolor fun!

  9. Kristin on February 27th, 2007

    I like it! I might have to give one a try…I’ve been seeing them everywhere! :)

  10. Emily on February 27th, 2007

    Technicolor Fun! Although I will admit that my first reaction to your title was: “Why do I have to pick?”

  11. Kara on February 27th, 2007

    Ooh, I really like it. I like the brightness of the reds, the blues, and all of the other colors. It reminds me of Rainbow Brite, and that is a very good thing.

    It was definitely a fun knit. I wear mine everyday!

  12. Stella on February 27th, 2007

    It’s bright but beautiful. I would not have thought that those two would play so well together! What a fun surprise!

  13. Julie on February 27th, 2007

    I’d be working on it right now if I had the sock yarn and the pattern. I think it’s fabulous and LOVE the colors you chose. Part of the fun of it I think. Keep going!

  14. Ashley on February 27th, 2007

    Wow–that’s pink? Oh, monitors. Looks super-red from here. Either way, technicolor fun for sure!

  15. Leah on February 28th, 2007

    I love it!! It’s bright and cheeful and really lovely!

  16. Betty on February 28th, 2007

    I don’t it’s garish at all! I really like the color combo. That’s a great way to use up yarn. Send it to me if you don’t like it. ;)

  17. kelp! on March 2nd, 2007

    It’s bright, but hardly trashy! I think you can Make It Work, it’s so surprising to see how two different colorways wind up looking in the scarf.

  18. Holly Jo on March 5th, 2007

    Wow! I really like it too. Definitely fun and colorful – not trashy knitwear. :) Must remember that term.

  19. s t a c i on March 8th, 2007

    I think yours looks great! I’m always amazed by what two totally mismatched yarns do together in that pattern. Every one I’ve seen is so unique.

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