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January 14, 2006

Review: Soho Scarf


I made this mistake rib scarf in November 2004. It's a pretty basic scarf and normally wouldn't warrant a look back.

Except for this...


The single ply yarn has developed a strong white halo (better visible if you view the enlarged version of the closeup). The colors have clouded and the texture has changed too. It's...hardened. The scarf has lost its drape, it's stretched out and narrowed as well. This combined with the texture changes make it hard to wrap around me in a way that actually covers my neck sufficiently. And the fringe edges keep sticking together too. It feels like it's in a pre-felting stage.

I blame all these problems on the yarn. I can't imagine a sweater in this yarn would wear very well. The scarf wasn't my everyday scarf so it didn't get a ton of wear. I'd envision the same hardening/felting happening at the elbows or where the arms rub against the body sides.

I really don't recommend this yarn.

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That's a shame, because it's gorgeous. Can you rip out the scarf and reshape the yarn into something to be felted? Because it really looks like it would make a lovely felted item - a small bowl or bag, perhaps.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 14, 2006 11:38:57 AM

How 'bout a little bath?

Posted by: Mary Beth | Jan 14, 2006 4:02:44 PM

What a bummer.

Posted by: Christie | Jan 14, 2006 5:07:28 PM

The fringes do look a bit dreadlock-y, don't they? It's a shame, since the colors are so gorgeous.

Posted by: Kathy | Jan 14, 2006 11:38:47 PM

I believe single ply yarns aren't good for sweaters anyway. The felting is a different matterl. I also believe you could rip it and use it for another purpose.

Posted by: Pioggia | Jan 15, 2006 12:15:09 AM

apologies for misposting off topic but can't see an email address; am so new at knitting still damp and downy so please bear with me. Am trying to get started with river and read the archive with great interest but am still baffled about the lace cast on and the suggested link is down. Is the method one of those on http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/index.php
Sorry to interrupt!

Posted by: Fil | Jan 15, 2006 5:18:35 AM

Curious - did you use Manos for that scarf?

Posted by: Kitty | Jan 17, 2006 7:28:56 PM

I second Kitty's question...that looks a lot like Manos, and I've recently realized a similar think about a scarf I made last year. I didn't think about it being the Manos - it's three strands, one of M., one of mohair, and one of brushed alpaca, so it could be any one of them, but now this makes me wonder.....

Posted by: Kellee | Jan 18, 2006 9:33:46 AM

Oh shoot...nevermind, I see now that this is the DB Soho. Duh! You did say that in your title, now didn't you? ;)

Posted by: Kellee | Jan 18, 2006 9:36:16 AM

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