Thursday, July 27, 2017

Re-finished


When helping to clean out my mom's house, I found a scarf in her cedar chest that she knit from yarn I gave her. Okay, I thought vaguely, I bought her the yarn, she knit it into a scarf, now I'll wear it. Circle of Life. Sure. I wondered why I had never seen her wear it, but didn't give it a lot of thought. The next week, I wore it into work one morning - and tore it off as soon as I got to my desk. I do not know the fiber content of this yarn, I just love the colors, which I dubbed Field of Violets. But I can't wear it touching my skin. So I looked for a pattern while I unraveled the scarf.

The piece had to be large enough not to be worn wrapped around the neck. The pattern could not depend on the beauty of the lace pattern, which would get lost in the yarn's amazing colors. At the same time, not straight garter or stockinette, which would be too boring to make. And finally, I have an aversion to triangle scarves.

That led me to this pattern. Long enough to wear loosely, just a little bit of lace for interest at the edge, which mostly provides edge shaping, still visible in the forest of colors. And what an interesting pattern for the knitter! I knit the first two pattern repeats blind, trusting that it was making what it was supposed to. Heading into the third pattern repeat, I finally understood what was happening.


I suppose here is where I admit that I prefer written lace instructions over charts, but then re-write the instructions into columns that divide up what's happening. I divided this one into four columns that say row, body, border, edging. And it's not "true" lace - the even-numbered rows are rest rows. So at this point I could see that the border pattern was always the same (and paradoxically where I kept making mistakes, forgetting the last yarn-over in my haste to get to the edging.

Finally, frogging the scarf the scarf revealed that the original yarn had been two 50-gram skeins, and this pattern calls for using half your yarn increasing, then half your yarn decreasing. Since my yarn was already divided in half, I was perfectly set up for this.


Yarn: fingering weight, 100 grams
Pattern: Madi Milimani's Cloudy Day
Mods: none whatsoever