Posts Tagged ‘Scarves’

Sonoma Neck-lace


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I wanted more color in my Noro Scarf, so I calculated a simple graduated pattern. Moving from a double garter rib, all the way to 6 ribs of color. It is beautiful. I am wearing it with every possible coat or jacket I put on. So pretty and so soft.

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Choosing a color for my dad was tough. He asked me to knit him a scarf last year.  It was important to me to make him something special. Maybe, something he would treasure or feel especially good wearing up in the frigid Missouri winters.  I was tempted to go with something bright in the sky blue range, or maybe something in the gold spectrum. But, truth be told, I really don’t know him well enough to know what colors he prefers to wear. Finally, I decided on something rich, deep, blue and masculine. Midnight blue tinted with a light bit of lettuce green. It’s really quite handsome and knit up softer than almost anything I had knit at that point.

The scarf is 6 1/2 feet of simple super stretchy garter stitch, finished off with a fair length of fringe. Three skeins left me with enough yarn for a matching hat. Good thing too, as this turned out to be the magic recipe for a hat. Nice fit, nice look, basic construction. Since then, most of my hats are based on the pattern I made for him.

To get a good fit, I decreased the number of cast-on stitches and was able to begin with just three DPNs.  It wasn’t long until I moved to four, doing a longer ribbed area than usual to allow for a really nice fold and lost of stretchy fit.

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Inky Silky Lacey Blackness…luxury neckwear!

Made in a silk/bamboo blend, the black version of my little lace scarf is really pretty. Knit as a gift for my childhood friend, Melinda. She said she loves wearing it with her leather jacket!

My first time knitting this gorgeous lacey little scarf, I posted about it here.

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All the raves about the KnitPicks Citytweed yarn are echoed by me. It is awesome! I love fantastic yarns and love them even more when I can afford to buy a lot of them. KnitPicks offers affordable yarns made of incredible soft fibers, and I love to feel this one run through my fingers as I knit it up.

This is the worsted weight tweed, made of an alpaca/merino blend. It is exquisitely soft and the colors are sumptious.

My brother, Eric, is very masculine but I know he loves soft, snuggly scarves and hats as much as I do. Instead of hunting forever for a pattern he might like, I came up with a basic 5 stitch rib pattern, bordered by a simple 3-garter-stitch edging. It really is STUNNING. I hope the pictures convey how gorgeous and yummy this really is.

Fortunately, Andy is a willing and very handsome model.

This hat and scarf are on their way to Las Vegas, where Eric will probably have 3 or 4 chances every year to put them on and be winterized in style.

I’ll post the pattern here, or you can print it out from this page .


Materials needed:

3 skeins KnitPicks worsted weight CityTweed

(you will have enough left to make one adult size hat)

Size 7 needles

Darning needle for weaving in ends

Cast on 41 stitches

Rows 1 and 2: knit

Row 3: knit 3, *purl5, knit 5. Repeat from * until 3 st remain. Knit last 3 stitches.

Repeat row 3 until scarf measures 65-70 inches.

Knit last two rows.

Bind off.  Weave in all ends. Block to approximately 5 1/2 inches across.

Add fringe if you prefer.

If you decide to make the set, please let me know and I’ll post the hat pattern here for you also. It’s a perfect fit for a medium adult head.

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Although I knit this scarf almost a year ago, I still find myelf going to Brooke’s Flickr page to view all the different pictures of this scarf other knitters have sent to her. This pattern has been knit in every kind of yarn and in every color imaginable. It’s a beautiful pattern and was my very first attempt at knitting lace. It was a little tricky for a noobie, but thanks to row-by-row videos made by Marlene, I was able to learn how to use a life line (that is the biggest time-saver I have learned so far!).

It was one of the first projects to grace my new blocking board last spring. I read about blocking pins vs. blocking wires and decided that I would begin with wires. I am so glad I did. They have been so easy to work with and, I think, another time saver. Since then I have experimented with blocking pins, too, and see that they work perfectly for getting small points and scalloped edges exactly right. So, these days I am using a combination of the two.

Blocking opens up the lace and lets the air flow through. It makes all those yarn-overs so worth the work. The yarn I chose is a silk blend and has a lovely drape and is wonderfully soft on my skin.

There are a lot of variations on Brooke’s pattern including a double column, fingerless gloves and a shawl that I saw somewhere. I’ve helped to spread the pattern to new knitting friends on the Ravelry site, along with countless others passing it on to their friends.

Thanks, Brooke, for sharing such a gorgeous pattern with us.

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