This scarf wrap as I like to call it, is really a scarf with 2 buttonholes and buttons which turns it into a wrap. It looks so sophisticated with the lace pattern and lace edge. This is the project for day 1 of the Knitting and Crochet Seminar conducted by Golden Dragon.
6 weeks later and now about 25cm long only. I like to knit on the go, and so my projects take some time to complete. With this project, I look like such an expert knitter when I take it out and start knitting in public. I do not get the same kind of response when I knit a simpler project!
The lace trim edge makes this project look so delicate and victorian. Better yet it looks like a super advanced project. The lace is designed with eyelets at the edge specifically for knitting and crochet projects. Both the lace and yarn are made by Hamanaka. The lace is available in many designs and colours.
The lace really adds a nice touch to the scarf. It looks sooo delicate and exquisitely difficult because of the lace. But really this very easy to achieve. This lies in the design of the lace, which are designed with eyelets at both edges, making it easy to pick up stitches through the eyelets. Because of the lace pieces, and to ensure that knitted leaf pattern is symmetrical, the scarf is knitted in two equal halves and joined together with “grafting method” – which means that the stitches are not cast off but are “grafted” together forming an invisible seem.
The leaf pattern for the scarf is not difficult to knit, its a 16 row repeat in lace. After 2 or repetitions, it becomes routine – I remember the pattern.
This variegated yarn is lovely to knit with. The colours in the yarn flow seamlessly from one ball to the next, creating stripes. You cannot really tell where one ball ends and another begins. I am now on the second ball of yarn, and have noticed that the colours do not flow the same way way as the first ball, which means that the scarf will not be perfectly symmetrical on both sides. It looks like I am going to have live with this.
This yarn is 82% alpaca 18% polymide. Its light, fluffy and totally not scratchy. Perfect for a scarf. I like this yarn very much! Such a pleasure to knit and the resulting fabric is light and warm.
Information on yarn:
Name: Alpaca Extra
Weight:Light Fingering / 3 ply
Meterage: 105 yards (96 meters)
Unit weight: 25 grams (0.88 ounces)
Gauge: 24.0 to 25.0 sts = 4 inches
Needle size: US 4 – 5 or 3.5 – 3.75mm
Fibers: 82% Alpaca & 18% Nylon (Polyamide)