For my father's Christmas present, I bought some very soft, acrylic chunky yarn for a scarf. I know he can't wear wool so I was pleased with this soft yarn for him. The ball band recommended 6.5 mm (US size 10.5) and I planned to use my 7mms. It's a light gray and very nice. Even my husband noticed it and said he liked it, and he's usually oblivious to my knitting!
Well...I've tried out at least 10 different patterns/stitch patterns this week and they ALL look awful. I've tried two different diagonal rib patterns, Knitpick's Seaman's Scarf pattern, a windowpane pattern, Silver's Palindrome pattern (which we all know is great), the Good Ol' Cabled Scarf pattern, a farrow rib pattern, a mistake rib pattern, a seeded rib pattern, Martha Stewart's Basic Scarf pattern, and a couple of others I can't even think of right now.
I was happiest with the Seaman's Scarf at first, but as it went on, I felt my heart sinking and frogged it after five pattern repeats. Thank you to those of you who helped me with the cabling, but it just didn't work out.
I was thinking to give it one more chance, with the "A Scarf Askew" pattern. But it might be too bulky for that.
So, is it the yarn or me? I am so frustrated with it I just put it aside and started my grandmother's present. I'm actually starting to hate this pretty yarn. I'm thinking about getting a completely different yarn for my dad's present.