Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Rib Lace Scarf/Cowl

I've just posted a free copy of this scarf/cowl/snood on my Ravelry page

It is knitted in a chunky Baby Alpaca yarn from Knitting4fun. Bev sent me some of this yarn to have a play with and this is the first item I've made with it. It is amazingly soft and silky, very enjoyable to knit with.

The idea behind this design was to make the piece as versatile as possible hence the scarf/cowl/snood description. The stitch pattern is a simple rib lace eyelet pattern which opens up when the cowl is washed and blocked. The piece is a long rectangle. The version in the photos took 2 skeins of the chunky alpaca but if you knitted 3 skeins it would make a longer piece that could also be made into a mobeius.

After knitting and blocking the rectangle I then sewed buttons onto each end of the scarf. With the stocking stitch edging side facing up I sewed 4 buttons next to the first row of eyelets on one end of the scarf and 4 more buttons on the other end and opposite edge of the scarf. I then turned the scarf over and sewed one button on the outside eyelet at the opposite edge to teh 4 buttons so I could then button the rectangle into a loop or wrap through the eyelet holes.

The eyelet rib allows you to button the rectangle in lots of different ways asshow in the photos above.

I've got a number of other ideas to try out with this yarn but they will have to wait until I have finished the magazine commissions I currently have.