Thursday, December 9, 2010

Week Forty-Three: Sweet Sue

Original intended release date: October 23, 2010. See explanatory post.

Contest winner chee-uh suggested making a lace scarf with this yarn, and she was right. The thing about variegated, handpainted yarn is that it tends to get stripey and/or pool in funny ways. One way of combating this is to pair it with another yarn to break up the colors a little more. I didn't have any yarn on hand that would suit, but here's the neat thing: in an allover lace pattern, the empty space of the lace kind of functions like a second color.

After a few failed attempts I decided to keep it really simple: garter stitch lace, with big fat cables. And really, that's all you need.

Sweet Sue Scarf

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Sweet Sue is a scarf worked in an allover garter-stitch lace pattern with large cables to provide interest. It is completely reversible.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 180 yards of a sport-weight yarn that drapes well (such as bamboo, silk, or a blend including one or both) for best results. (Pictured: Argosy Luxury Yarns Bonsai Bamboo in Purple Haze – sport, 1 skein / 60g / 195 yards, 20% bamboo/65% superfine merino wool/15% silk)

  • US size 8 needles
  • US size 8 cable needle or other cabling method of your choice
  • tapestry needle
  • blocking pins
Gauge: 4 inches = 16 sts / 20 rows in garter stitch lace (after blocking)

Finished Measurements: Finished scarf will measure approximately 3 inches wide at the narrowest point, approximately 9 inches wide at the widest point, and approximately 52 inches long. Instructions for lengthening or shortening the scarf are included.

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