I was knitting my lace scarf in the studio last weekend, and after completing the 9th repeat, I stretched it out on the chair. I turned to Jaime, who was ironing some fabric right beside me and asked: “Do we like this yarn in this pattern?” She looked at it for a second and matter-of-factly replied: “No. We do not.” I love sisterly bluntness.
I wish I had taken a picture of it at that point – it reminded me of tiger stripes, which was definitely not the look I was going for. But I immediately started frogging the scarf, being very careful not to damage the silk and mohair. Then I sat on the floor with the massive pile of yarn and played with it for a long while, trying to figure out if there was any rhyme or reason to the color repeats. (No such luck.) After repeated swatching with different needles and crochet hooks, it became evident that the yarn needed something more open, something with lots of yarn overs so that the strands wouldn’t be so close to each other….
Then I remembered that my Last Minute Knitted Gifts book Jaime had bought me had a pattern called “Airy Scarf” – perfect!
The pooling is much less noticeable, but the tiger-effect still lingers a bit along the edges:
This will be a fairly quick knit – it’s mindless garter with a dash of easy lace thrown in. One part of the pattern repeat calls for 10 rows of straight knitting, but I modified it, bien sûr, to add more yarn over rows:
- Rows 1-5: knit
- Row 6: lace row
- repeat rows 1-6 until desired length, ending with row 5.
It also says to bind off after 32 1/2″, but I’ll continue knitting until all of this soft yarn is used up. The new pattern blends the blues and greens together much better than first lace scarf:
I still love Védís Jónsdóttir’s pattern, so that will go back into my Ravelry queue to be knit up in a solid color yarn – maybe in some yummy malabrigo:
Now I am off to work on a baby hat for my niece Ana Sophia – her first birthday party is this weekend!