Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Presenting (Finally) the Alpine Scarf...

... after a truamatic start to this lace project (never have I experienced so much trouble with a lace pattern in all my life) due to my inability to read a lace chart properly!

Here is what's left of my cone of French 4ply silk from
Colourmart that Mum purchased last year for me to knit this shawl as a 70th birthday gift for her cousin's wife next week (April 17th).


The silk felt quite rough whilst knitting after a couple of hours I could feel were the yarn had been running through my fingers however, after washing it has become softer and drapier....

I purchased the cone as 150g of yarn so thought the cone weighed 44g it would appear that I actually got 154g of yarn as when I have wound the remainder off I found I have 4g left; I could have done another 2 repeats of the leaft motif!!! I think not ;o)

Here she is blocking as you can see I have done 6 repeats of the centre motif rather than the stated 4 to make it wider and have worked an extra 10 repeats of the motif, working 47 instead of 37 to make it longer so it is more shawl like than scarf like.....

If anyone wants to do 6 repeats of the centre motif here are the stitch counts I used....

  • Cast on 157 sts
  • After the 1st 8 gt-st rows, knit your 25 border sts at each side as stated, then knit 107 in the centre
  • When it comes to increasing on row 8 of the gt-st (before starting the centre motifs) increase 5 sts evenly across the centre 107 sts

You will then be knitting:
6 gt-st / 19 diamond border / 6 repeats of centre motif / 19 diamond border / 6 gt-st

Below are close ups of the patterns....



and finally the final article a modest but respectible 25" x 70" :o)




10 comments:

Soo said...

I love that colour.

Definitely worth persevering for. Really beautiful!

Kai said...

It's absolutely beautiful. :) Well done in persevering.

ColetteS said...

Beautiful work! I'm sure the recipient will be very pleased.

missalicefaye said...

Beautiful--so ethereal and lovely.

gilraen said...

Oh it is just exquisite!!! :)

YarnSnob said...

wow, this is very very beautiful

fleegle said...

That is one of the most elegant and ethereal pieces of knitted lace I have ever seen. I was well worth your tremendous efforts!

fleegle said...

The bowl is made out of maple.

And thanks for your compliments on my shawls! From you, that is high praise!

knittyvritti said...

i just finished that one as well this week! it was a great knit, and yours looks beautiful!

Probably Jane said...

Breathtaking - must feel like a whisper.