This is the scarf, well it started out to be a scarf, that I cast on while in Chicago. A simple thing – doubled strand of Peruvian Merino Lace on 5.00 mm needles. Pattern take from Radical Changes Ms Soprano needed something to wrap around her neck.
Since this was a scarf, no swatching was needed (I can hear you all snickering right about now). Adding in some edges stitches and a center section to make sure that it was wide enough (you can see this coming a mile away) I happily cast on and started knitting. One ball of yarn (~400 meters, doubled) was obviously not enough.
Adding the second ball, I kept on going. The photo is somewhere, just imagine the same scarf only a lot longer. She tried it on, It wasn’t quite long enough which was what mattered to her. I was a bit concerned that it was getting a bit bulky since it seemed to be a smidgen wider than the average scarf.
I took it back to Germany with me, plowing ahead with the third ball. Wait a minute – did I show you the pattern up close?
I love the pattern. Not only is it a nice knit, but the 8 row pattern is extremely easy to remember. My only other variation was to change the direction of half the twisted stitch cables to induce symmetry.
Finished, I considered blocking it. It would make it light and airy; would softer and bulkier be better? Then I did some measuring. Blocked – it was going to be 24×72. Not a scarf, it had morphed into a freaking shawl. Never mind – it counts for a Shawl in the 12/2012 group and will wing its way to Chicago tomorrow when the post office is open.