Whoo hoo! In just two short weeks I started and finished my first lace scarf!
This is the very same pattern I attempted over the summer, but failed miserably. I learned that hard way that if you use a “life-line” when working with lace patterns, it will save you from having to frog (undo) all of your hard work back to the beginning.
As a refresher, a “life-line” is a scrap piece of yarn threaded through one row in your project. It acts as a safety net if you make a mistake. If you do make a mistake, you just insert you needle along the life-line and undo all the stitches up to that row. You will still lose some of your work, but at least you don’t have to start back at the beginning. Plus, if you put in a life-line every couple of rows you won’t lose that much.
But of course, I didn’t use any life-lines last June. I was more than halfway finished with the pattern and made one mistake and had to start over. At that time I was so dis-heartened that I never attempted this pattern again until now.
So it is with pride that I show off my beautiful new spring scarf, just in time for upcoming birthday parties and Easter events! This scarf is made with the gorgeous lace yarn I picked out in the beginning of March along with a new set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz knitting needles (size 11). The yarn is a washable sport-weight merino wool from Lorna’s Laces called “Passion” and was awesome to work with. This was the first time I worked with expensive yarn and absolutely love the results! The yarn was well worth the moo-la$$ I dished out for it and recommend it to anyone.
In case you are curious about the pattern I used, it is titled “One Row Lace Scarf” by Truvid which can be found on Ravelry. For your convenience here is link to the pattern in case you want to try this one out for yourself:
The pattern worked up fairly fast (at least for me – most knitters are much faster) and I only made one mistake along the way. This was a record for me! Lucky for me, I was pretty adamant in putting life-lines every couple of rows 🙂
Anyway, I wanted to make this scarf extra long, so I knitted the pattern until the scarf measure 80 inches unblocked. To add some nice detailing to the edges, I took the extra time to cut 48 strands of yarn (one for each stitch on both sides) and added coordinating glass beads to the ends of the strands. I then folded each strand in half and tied through each stitch on both ends.
Since this was my first time using premium yarn, I took extra care to properly block my finished garment. Blocking was something I avoided in the past and never really had to do since I primarily worked with acrylic yarn. To insure I did this right, I scoured the net and found many resources that explained the blocking process.
With towels, t-pins and no-rinse wool wash, I was ready to block my lovely scarf. I followed the instructions on the no-rinse wool wash and soaked my scarf for 15 minutes. I was careful not to handle the scarf too much so I wouldn’t damage the fibers.
After draining the water, I gently squeezed excess water from the garment and laid it on a towel rolled it up and stepped on it (no kidding). I then carefully stretched the scarf on the long towels I had laid out on the floor in my living room and began measuring and pinning it along the sides. I measured along the way to make sure I didn’t over-stretch the scarf. The measured width of my scarf ended up being 6 inches x 108 inches long blocked (without the tails). I let my scarf dry overnight and into the next day to insure it was completely dry.
I un-pinned my scarf last night and took pictures just as the sun was setting. Ah! How wonderful! This was a very rewarding project and I can’t wait to wear it this upcoming weekend! Thanks for taking the time to read this post and feel free to leave comments or ask questions. Until next project…