Tuesday, January 15, 2013

a decision made


I've been waffling for months about this yarn...

Originally my thought was to make a Clapotis but after two Clapotis late last year I was bored with the pattern. Besides "dropping" stitches in silk is quite a challenge - the silk fibers are so sticky that the stitches wouldn't drop without a lot of help.

Next I considered a beaded stole like Pampas but after purchasing the pattern and reading it through I bailed ... yikes, way too much beading and way too fussy. And then there was the small matter of being short a couple hundred yards of yarn and 5000 beads, so nope.

Over the last several days I think I've looked at every shawl and scarf in the Ravelry database with a view to deciding what to make of this yarn. And now I've decided ... Lace Ribbon Scarf.

There are a whole bunch of things I like about it. The patterning is simple and geometric. The shape is rectangular. It's a simple enough to memorize quickly, in fact I can even put it down and pick it up for knitting at work and on transit. The distribution of eyelets makes it a cinch to figure out what pattern row you're on without keeping track or counting. The even rows are rest rows which give me a chance to count to make sure I haven't missed any yarn overs. It strikes me as just the right balance of solidity and lacy-ness. And the repeat is just 9 stitches so it was easy peasy to add a few more repeats to make it wider.

Just one thing I don't like: "Work in pattern until work measures 80 inches ..." Oh yeah, scarves, stoles and shawls do seem interminable, don't they?

7 comments:

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Cute pattern! That "80 inches" part is the reason I don't make more scarves or rectangular shawls..... You don't seem to notice the size as much with a triangular shawl

Dee said...

That is going to be beautiful. I think you found a great pattern for your yarn.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Yeah I favorite scarves/shawls all the time, but rarely make them....so long...
That pattern is pretty...and the yarn..yum..

sandra said...

Beautiful scarf! When you see it will be finished! Don't worry about 80 inches! :-)

Chrisknits said...

Silly how I will knit a shawl that takes as much knitting as a stole, but balk at a stole shape! Now I usually prefer a semi circle to all other shapes. It will be lovely. But silk, no more for me. Too slippery!

Nicky said...

Now that I craft a little more than I used to, I pretty much ignore the length specifications. If I paid attention all the time, I would bail on some projects too!!! Now, I just knit and crochet up to a length I like.

Lovely yarn and pattern combo. This will be beautiful!!!!

Kepanie said...

And working in fine yarn too? Oh boy. But this yarn is beautiful. It has a pretty sheen.