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Saturday, December 22, 2012

First Time Lace Knitting: Easy Pattern, Gorgeous Result

Our local Borders closed some time ago and we have been left with no bookstore in the area....but.... a Barnes & Noble has just moved into the old Borders location. Joy! They had a  book by Joelle Hoverson's called  "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts". Just what I needed! A book for quick, last minute holiday gifts. And it was on clearance! Yes, the book went home with me.

Having a few skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in my stash, I dove right into "Airy Scarf". Projected time to make according to the book? Two to four hours. My first knitted lace for a gorgeous scarflette and it could be whipped up in about 2-3 hours? Cast on that morning. Eight.... hours... later ..... I finished. I'm not sure what type of knitter they timed making these, but it must have been someone a lot faster than me. I'd plan on a day or two to make this. The Kidsilk Haze is the *perfect* yarn for this (and you can get 2 scarves from 1 skein!), but it doesn't lend itself to ripping back because it snarls on itself .. so taking a bit of extra time on the eyelet row is a good time investment.

I was disappointed this book's patterns weren't going to be the quick gift knits I had hoped for, but the result for this scarf was gorgeous. Simple pattern, VERY easy to knit, and an instant classic that is oh so wearable. Light as a summer's breeze and soft as the touch of a butterfly's wing. Gifting this one, but I will definitely be making more of these. For a first time lace project, couldn't ask for a nicer pattern.


Anonymous said...

I had a similar experience with other "quick" patterns, so I guess it's branded "quick" according to experienced/fast knitters :)
Also, the first time one makes a pattern, it takes extra time, if I was to make the same again it would take me much less for sure :)
Love your scarf!

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