Liula Ta-dah!

Well, hello! How are you? It has been a while (almost a whole month…). I am back from my holiday, my battery is recharged. And I finished my Liula scarf! Hurray! So that is what I want to share with you here.

In my last post, which you can find here, I shared my holiday preparations with you. The yarny part of those preparations that is. There weren’t many other preparations going on (besides some laundry) because I had a really nasty cold. I’m good now! My plan was to take three projects with me and I did. And I had one major goal: finish my Liula scarf before going home. Let me take you back to the beginning of that!

In one of her podcasts, Emma (of Potter & Bloom) introduced her latest pattern, the Liula scarf or stole. She used one single yarn cake to make it. I immediately liked the pattern and it was (finally!) the perfect excuse to get my hands on a Scheepjes Whirl yarn cake. I had been admiring them for a while but didn’t want to buy one before knowing what to use it for (how incredible sensible does that sound?).

I adapted the original pattern slightly to make the most of my yarn cake. You can read about my modification at the end of this post!

Yarn choices

The number of available Whirl colours keeps growing and growing, making it even harder to choose one. On the other hand, I am not a person to wear a lot of bright colours, so that makes the choice a lot easier. I decided to order one with the lovely name Mid Morning Mocha’roo (no. 766). Let’s have a look at it in detail, shall we?

I really like the combination of the brown, blue and grey tones. It makes a finished object out of this one very wearable for me.

So there I was, all set to start!

To be completely prepared (and while I was waiting for my Whirl to arrive), I did a little test run on the pattern using Scheepjes Stonewashed. And I have to say that it looks pretty great as well! Who knows, maybe for a second Liula? I’ve showed you here already!

There we go

My plan was to take this one with me in my hand luggage and therefore I started the scarf at home already. Starting something with a foundation of chain stitches is always a bit fiddly and I didn’t want to do that on the plane. I decided to do at least one pattern repeat so that I could just refer to the other rows instead of a piece of paper.

And here’s the first colour change happening already! Actually, this photo shows how beautiful and subtle the colour changes of the Whirl are. The twist of the yarn makes that it doesn’t split and it is really great to work with.

Now, to be honest… the rows that I worked while on the plane had to be frogged. I had made a mistake. At the beginning (the first third part or so) a lot of frogging happened. It took me a while to really get a feeling for the rhythm of the pattern. It was a bit like taking three steps forward and going back one step.

However, as soon as I got the rhythm the colour changes seemed to appear faster and faster. The fact that we had a whole day of greyish, rainy weather helped here as well.

Luckily I could work a lot of rows in the Provençal sunshine, near the pool. My Liula was growing and so was the hole in the middle!

Then you reach the point that the last colour starts to blend in and the cake collapses! And you’re almost there…

Time to weave in the (only!) two ends!


Okay, here is the big reveal! By looking at the photos you can probably guess why I wanted to finish this one in France right? I wanted to photograph my finished Liula using the colours and surroundings of our little holiday home. Here it is:

The math

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I made a little adaptation to the pattern. Instead of working three pattern repeats (in the width) I did four. The reason is that Emma mentioned that she had been using about 80% of her cake and her stole had become very long. Personally, I don’t like to wear very long scarfs and at the same time, I wanted to make maximum use of all the colours in my Whirl.

It worked out great! My finished Liula is about 35 cm wide and 180 cm long. I have about 5 gr of yarn left. That was not enough to do another pattern repeat. A Whirl yarn cake contains 215- 225 gr (1000 m) of yarn which means that I have used almost 98% of my yarn cake.

You can find full details on this project on Ravelry as well!

I hear you thinking: “What about the other two yarny things that you took along with you?” I did start the Birds of a Feather shawl. Twice actually, more about that later. And the socks… ah, the socks… didn’t take them out of their project bag. 🙂 I guess that’s the thing with holiday projects: you’re always afraid that you don’t take enough with you and in the end, it turns out that you brought too much. What’s your experience on that? Let me know, I’d love to hear!





  • Dienhaakt
    29th September 2017 at 18:59

    Prachtig garen en patroon en leuk verteld. De foto’s zijn echt toppie, maar ja je had ook goeie vakantieplek hihi.

    • Judith
      29th September 2017 at 19:04

      Dankjewel Dineke! Ik heb hem al een paar keer gedragen en hij is heerlijk! Breng hem zondag mee! X, Judith

  • Dorien
    29th September 2017 at 19:50

    Prachtige foto’s!

    • Judith
      29th September 2017 at 21:51

      Dankjewel! X, Judith

  • Esther vogelaar
    29th September 2017 at 20:19

    Prachtige sjaal Judith !! En het kleurverloop is super ! Slim om eerst een geschikt patroon te vinden en dan pas de whirl te kopen! Fijn weekend en groetjes Esther

    • Judith
      29th September 2017 at 21:50

      Haha, een keer een verstandige beslissing. Zo gaat het natuurlijk niet altijd! Jij ook een fijn weekend! X, Judith

  • Chantel
    29th September 2017 at 21:36

    Prachtig Judith en super mooie foto’s ook . Erg leuk om te lezen !

    • Judith
      29th September 2017 at 21:48

      Dankjewel! Dat is leuk om te horen! X, Judith

  • Renee
    5th October 2017 at 17:44

    Hello, Beautiful Liula! I too used this occasion to buy a Whirl cake. The colour you chose is great, I might have to consider getting another cake! This will be my first project with such thin yarn, so I’m currently getting familiar with the pattern on worsted. I really like the idea of having it wider, but am still trying to figure out how to calculate that. Can you tell me how many chains you started with? Thank you,

    • Judith
      7th October 2017 at 12:23

      Hi Renee! Thank you for your message! I really love my finished Liula, I’ve been wearing it a lot already. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the pattern using a thicker yarn, I did the same. Making it wider is fairly easy… The pattern repeat (the leaves) is 23 stitches wide. So if you add 23 to the number of starting chains mentioned in the pattern, you’ll be able to add one more column of leaves. You can find a chart for this pattern online as well, just try #liula on Instagram and it will pop up. Good luck! It’ll be beautiful! X, Judith

  • Tammy
    4th November 2017 at 15:46

    Gorgeous!! Wanted to comment here as I’d initially seen it on FB but the conversation got sidetracked. It came out wonderfully! 🙂

  • Judith
    4th November 2017 at 18:39

    Thanks Tammy!


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