Baktus Scarf

11 May

My last knitting project was an incredibly intricate pair of socks (see Nutkin). My normal routine after finishing a long project is pretty predictable. First, there are a few days of blessed freedom, before the knitting bug starts getting to me. I start two or three projects in a row before frogging them in favor of something else. And then I stumble on my next pattern.

I picked out the baktus scarf pattern specifically for the yarn in question. I had bought a skein of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn at my favorite shop, the Knitting Cove, last Christmas. It was sitting in my stash just waiting for some free time. And so, I searched Ravelry for a pattern that would compliment the color pattern but wouldn’t use up too much yarn – I only had the single ball.

Enter Baktus. It’s dead easy and mindless enough that I can actually read on the computer and knit at the same time, albeit slower than normal. It showed off the colorway nicely, and it was blessedly uncomplicated in comparison to my previous sock projects.

I finished this one relatively quickly. It helped that I had a trip to Hong Kong and needed something to kill time in transit. I met a fellow knitter in Hong Kong, which was pretty cool.

This ended up being a gift for a friend’s birthday. For whatever reason, I almost always end up gifting away most of my knitting projects. (Except for the tragic mistakes, of course. Those hide in the bin of shame, aka my sock drawer.) Hope you enjoy the scarf, Kate!


6 Responses to “Baktus Scarf”

  1. Ria May 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I haven’t knit a Baktus before, but it’s definitely on my list. I think I have a couple of balls of Noro that might work well for it, if I don’t use them for another project first. :) The scarf looks awesome, and really makes me want to start knitting again.

    • Jane May 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Like I said, a Baktus is incredibly simple to work. You just Kall, with a single increase (or decrease) every four rows. Simple enough to keep you occupied, and it’s a nice project to get you back into the swing of things.

      I’m glad you liked it!

  2. Karen May 12, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    That is a beautiful scarf. She will treasure it for years to come. Yea Jane.

  3. jodi palmer September 2, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I have made a half a dozen and have enjoyed everyone. My question to everyone and anyone who has knit is simple. And to this day not one person can answer. Here goes. At the widest point how many stitches do you have before you start to decrease. I have never been able to eyeball it. And I have to have a rip out session. Hate that. I hope you can answer nd. Thanks

    • Jane September 6, 2012 at 6:09 am #

      Frankly, I roughly divide the yarn before I start and when I hit the halfway marker, I start to decrease. It’s not an exact science, but hey!

    • jodi palmer September 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      Its just one of those things that drive me. But as my husband says ” its a short drive”. My quest continues Jodi

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