A month or so before Christmas a small friend who sees me knitting all the time asked if I'd make him a white scarf.
Well, the very next day some super soft cream and blue superwash wool arrived in the mail from Midnight Sheep and I thought, Sort of white? You know, the way a blue tint makes grey hair look whiter? So I offered it and he said Perfect!
and I brought out my copy of Reversible Knitting and suggested lace to make the yarn go farther, and he picked a nice manly stitch I quickly figured out was impossible to fix mistakes in so I added a lifeline for ripping back to whenever disaster struck...
... and then it took me about 10 weeks to knit it because evidently I'm not such a great friend to small people with cold necks.
Also, Christmas panic knitting aside, it was around this time that I discovered Studio Ghibli films and it's hard to knit unfamiliar lace while your eyes are riveted to the screen. It's even harder to work on a project you associate with magical storytelling when you run out of magical stories.
I mention this because I swear some of that magic worked its way into the pattern: I can't help noticing that his finished scarf would make an awesome scarflet for a grownup like, say, me.
Yes, I'm that greedy: I'm thinking that when it's officially too small for him, I might be able to snag it back for myself. I do realize that nobody else who has read this far would even consider such a thing but, um, you should. Because you know those kids are going to outgrow your hard work. They just do. And then if they have the least chance they're going to start stealing the socks out of your drawer so you might just as well get your own back now.
Another plus: it really is reversible.
I don't know which side I like better, so I stitched on (purely for experimental purposes of course) two buttons, back to back, so you can button it on with either side showing.
This is something I love about lace in a hefty yarn: every hole is just made for slipping a button through, letting you play with different shapes and folds for hours of non-knitting fun.
About the name: yeah, well. Something about the whole experience of this scarf, the combination of yarn/colour/stitch/movie-watching, makes me think of those huge stainless-steel two-serving monsters that diners serve your vanilla milkshake in. Or, more accurately, the milkshake itself. Decadent, sweet, kinda frothy, entirely satisfying.
Try knitting one yourself and see what I mean!
Download .pdf of Milkshake Reversible Scarflet