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Elkmont Scarf & Giveaway!

UPDATED 7.9.15: Congratulations to winner Laura! Laura, check your email.


As promised, dear readers, a score of vacation-inspired patterns are coming your way during the remaining weeks of summer. I’ve been hard at work on all sorts of projects (lace, cables, Fair Isle, oh my!) and am excited to share the first with you!

The Elkmont Scarf is inspired by the bougainvillea we saw blooming everywhere while walking in the woods and camping at the Elkmont Campgrounds in Tennessee. Knit in Alchemy Yarns of Transformation’s thick and thin Rustico yarn (a 100% hand dyed silk bulky weight) in pink tourmaline, this yarn was a pleasure to knit with and definitely brought to mind the delicate blossoms. I’ve always been a fan of Alchemy’s fibers and colors and this particular colorway is gorgeous.


I love scarves, but if I’m going to design or knit one, I want something that keeps my interest and has an interesting chart to follow. This was a really fun pattern to knit up and worked up quickly on US 10.5 needles. I always thought that knitting cables was the closest thing to sculpting with yarn and the texture of the criss-crossing combined with the picot edges keeps the design captivating. I’ve also color-coded the cable chart to make it easier to keep track of which way the cables cross with a quick glance rather than fumbling with your needles, yarn, cable needle and pattern pages.


What I like about this silk yarn is that it doesn’t stretch like crazy like bamboo might, it can be worn year round and this is one of my favorite colors. Bright pink looks great in the warm months and will certainly cheer you up in the cooler ones when everything turns to gray.

cables2The Elkmont Scarf is available for download here.

Now for the giveaway! Answer the following trivia question in the comments (contest is open to readers worldwide) correctly to be entered in for a chance to win a copy of the pattern. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday and contacted by me via email:

What type of flower does saffron come from?

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41 Comments Post a comment
  1. Adrienne Skrivanek #

    It comes from the Crocus Sativus.

    July 7, 2015
  2. amyholterman #

    It’s from the Crocus sativus! AKA the saffron crocus.

    July 7, 2015
  3. jen coleslaw #

    Saffron comes from Crocus flowers!

    July 7, 2015
  4. A crocus, Crocus sativus

    July 7, 2015
  5. Ruth C #

    Saffron comes from the crocus flower. Beautiful scarf. Love the vibrant pink.

    July 7, 2015
  6. Julie Spiegleman #

    Crocus! I love the scarf pattern!

    July 7, 2015
  7. Anne Bean #


    July 7, 2015
  8. Cheryl Loffredo #

    The crocus flower. Your scarf is beautiful – love the pattern and the yarn color.

    July 7, 2015
  9. Crocus!
    What a beautiful pattern and the colour chosen is perfect!

    July 7, 2015
  10. Patricia McHan #

    Saffron comes from crocus. Thank you for a chance to win this beautiful scarf pattern.

    July 7, 2015
  11. Peggy Newton-Battistoni #

    Saffron is from the sativus of a Crocus flower.

    July 7, 2015
  12. Hope Benson #

    It comes from the saffron crocus

    July 7, 2015
  13. elaine #

    From my favorite spring flower ~ the crocus 🙂
    Love your new scarf pattern and the color you knit it in!

    July 7, 2015
  14. phpdwp #

    from crocus sativus

    July 7, 2015
  15. Laura #

    From Crocus! Also, love the name of this pattern, because my family hikes here every Christmas. Definitely not a lot of flowers in bloom when we’re there, but still a beautiful place.

    July 7, 2015
  16. jahknot #

    Saffron comes from the crocus– love the scarf pattern it is gorgeous!!!!!!

    July 7, 2015
  17. Jean Horner #

    Crocus and it has to be hand picked/harvested!

    July 7, 2015
  18. carrotmusic #

    I do enjoy your trivia challenges! Saffron is the dried stigmas of the autumn crocus (not the kind that is common here in the spring in the northeast, more is the pity). I guess harvesting it must be like miniature knitting, except it requires crawling around outdoors.

    July 7, 2015
  19. Nancy #

    The crocus!

    July 7, 2015
  20. Gwynne #

    Saffron comes from a Poppy.

    July 7, 2015
  21. Cathy #

    I knew this one without googling : Crocus!

    July 7, 2015
  22. Carol F. #

    Saffron comes from the crocus flower (and I love to cook with it!)

    July 7, 2015
  23. Pamster #

    Crocus Sativus

    July 7, 2015
  24. Joan Pelletier #

    Saffron comes from the Crocus

    July 7, 2015
  25. Nancy in Chickasaw Country #

    The crocus ……

    July 7, 2015
  26. Monica #


    July 7, 2015
  27. Nicole #


    And wasn’t your vacation just yesterday?! Speedy!

    July 7, 2015
  28. Shing Hsieh #

    Crocus sativas linnaeus! Thanks for the question, I was always curious about the origins of saffron, who knew it would be a crocus?!?!?! Shing on rav

    July 7, 2015
  29. Marsha #

    Saffron comes from the crocus flower. Gorgeous pattern, and that color is brilliant!!

    July 7, 2015
  30. Tresa Byrd #

    Crocus! Beautiful scarf

    July 7, 2015
  31. Anne #

    It comes from Crocus flowers. Thanks for the giveaway !

    July 8, 2015
  32. Jennifer Daly #

    The flower is called the saffron crocus. Thanks for the giveaway – the scarf is gorgeous!

    July 8, 2015
  33. Beverly #

    Saffron comes from the fall flowering crocus. Thank you for the giveaway!

    July 8, 2015
  34. Christine Frostenson #

    Crocus, the first flower of spring!

    July 8, 2015
  35. Saffron comes from a specific type of crocus. Crocus sativus. The scarf is gorgeous. I really like the thick and thin yarn.

    July 8, 2015
  36. Catherine #


    July 8, 2015
  37. Rosenia D Bailey #

    The saffron comes from the Crocus flower.

    July 8, 2015
  38. Rudi O #

    Saffron is part of the Crocus flower. (Crocus sativus)

    July 9, 2015
  39. Colleen #

    Crocus sativus Linneaus

    July 9, 2015
  40. Karen Scaffidi #

    Saffron comes from the stigma of the saffron crocus. I’ve always thought it would be fun to grow this particular crocus but I’d have to have a lot of them to get a harvest.

    July 13, 2015
  41. Carly O #

    Crocus Sativus!

    July 14, 2015

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