Seven-Color Fibonacci Scarf (and Bonus Hat)

 Well, this is my last post of 2021. It has been a rough year on many fronts, but as always, knitting and crocheting keep me sane. They give me something to do besides doomscroll on my phone and fret about the state of the world. As long as I can afford to buy yarn, I can keep making beautiful things for myself and the people I love, and that gives me a little bit of hope, no matter how dire things get. Anyway, on with the show....

I bought this yarn from Knit Picks as a discount set. It is Gloss DK, a wool and silk blend. 

I really liked the contrast of warm and cool colors and thought they would work well together in a striped pattern without looking too rainbow-ish. I decided to make a scarf.

This design was inspired by a photo of a striped rug I saw in a magazine ad. I liked the idea of one color gradually growing larger while the other diminishes and then repeating the sequence with a different contrasting color. I have long been a fan of the Fibonacci sequence, wherein each number is the sum of the 2 numbers preceding it (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so forth). To avoid big blocks of a single color, I decided to stop at stripes of 8 rows. Also, having an even number of stripes meant that each set of interlocking sequences met in the middle at stripes with the same number. I really like the symmetry of each 2-color sequence.

This scarf is knit in the round as a seamless tube, which means that there is no wrong side and it is double thickness. It is very warm and soft. I am thrilled with how it turned out.

I had enough yarn left over to make a hat. It's just a simple 2 by 2 rib knit. It actually stretches enough to fit my giant Irish head, which is saying something.

I hope you and yours are safe and healthy and that 2022 is better than 2021, or at least less horrible.