Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Design: Miss Otis Regrets

Miss Otis Regrets not buying a second skein of that fabulous hand-dyed cashmere.

Miss Otis Regrets keeping that bag of leftover sock yarn.

Miss Otis Regrets not spinning enough of that glorious laceweight silk blend.

We've all got them, these knitterly Regrets, all with the same result: a small quantity of a beautiful yarn, and no idea what to do with it.

This scarf grew from an obsession with a lace edging pattern I found in Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Knitting patterns, the Grand Eyelet Edging.  I was swatching with it, over the Easter weekend (while enjoying an inspiring snack) and it became evident that it was more than just edging material - it has enough personality to star as the stitch pattern for a scarf.  It looks a little like crochet to my mind, and it's somewhat unexpected.

And after a bit of planning and thinking, I realized that it would make a nice little kerchief with a surprisingly small yardage.

And so I dug in my stash for one of those regrets - a single skein of Koigu - and started knitting. A single skein of Koigu sock yarn - 170yds! - gives a perfect little kerchief for wearing with a spring coat.

Who doesn't have a single skein of Koigu at the bottom of the stash? Or a single skein of that Handmaiden Cashmere? Or half a skein of laceweight? It's adaptable to any yarn and any yardage, as it's one of those work-until-the-skein-is-halfway-used-up sideways triangles.

Suitable for knitters with some lace experience, as there's fun but possibly slightly challenging multiple yarnovers. Pattern includes detailed advice on yarn selection and substitution, and both written and charted instructions are provided.

Available on Ravelry and Patternfish.

One of my test knitters used 25gm of some wonderful handspun laceweight on 3mm needles, and she got a piece about 48 by 10 inches.

1 comment:

Brendaknits said...

it looks super cool with the jean jacket, Kate. And I've seen two of the test kntis at Grey Heron - both lovely. Nice little scarf.