I wasn’t kidding the other day when I said I was trying to be more focused with the number of projects I had going at once. While there’s no chance I’ll become a one-project knitter, I am going to try to be more deliberate and committed about what I knit. I like the process, but I definitely enjoy the product too. Since this one is a gift, there wasn’t anything to think about changing. I just knit, and that was very freeing.
pattern dragon scarf kit by morehouse merino in Huff (red)
yarn morehouse merino 3-strand in cardinal — 1.5 hanks
needles knitpicks options 4 mm / US# 6 (not the best choice — read below)
mods slipped the first stitch of each row to make a neater edge.
I love the finished object. The yarn is super-drapey and soft.
But, I didn’t like knitting this yarn. 3-strand yarn is basically three unspun plies of yarn just placed next to each other. If they’re plied together at all it’s very minimally. It’s like knitting with three thin strands of roving.
While I think the yarn would be splitty regardless of needle choice, the very pointy knitpicks options that I used just exasperated it. But, I couldn’t locate another 4 mm needle (yeah, I need to organize the needle storage a bit) so I knit on with the knitpicks options.
Add to that the fact that I had to pull VM out of practically every row of knitting, and it made for a not so fun knitting experience.
The other issue I had with this kit is that they don’t list a row gauge — just a finished scarf measurement. The instructions are explicit (no “knit until scarf measures X”) so there’s no obvious place to adjust for length. After I bound off, the scarf measured 52″, but the finished length was supposed to be 62″. I soaked it and wet blocked it and wouldn’t you know, it came out to be exactly 62″. It worked out in the end, but it would have been nice to know what I was aiming for while I was knitting.
I mentioned that I thought there was an error in the pattern. After reading it several times I’ve determined that there isn’t an error, but the directions are written very strangely. Or, at minimum, the didn’t make sense to me initially. While I ended up doing the same thing they instructed, at first I thought I was doing something different. I just did what seemed to make sense given that I knew I was trying to make one of the spikes going up the dragon’s back.
I have a second kit in green to make a miniature version for my nephew, so I’ll be knitting with this yarn one more time. After that, if anyone wants a dragon scarf, I’ll use the pattern but sub the yarn. No more morehouse 3-strand for me.
Given the unspun quality of the yarn, I’m concerned about durability. Will it pill? Will it hold up to a good amount of use? It feels sturdy but I’m not convinced. I’ll have to check in with my sister-in-law to see how it holds up over time, and look for a follow-up post at the end of the season.
I haven’t read much (any?) negative posts about morehouse, and I’m left wondering if my experience is unusual. It’s not often that I complain about a project this much, but I really wasn’t impressed. If any of you have had a contrary experience feel free to share — I’d love to hear that I’m wrong. Did I miss something? Do you think I have unfair expectations?