Monday, May 21, 2012

Taiyo Sock scarf

Last year, I published a scarf pattern using Noro Sekku.

I do love how the scarf looks, but I will be honest: the Sekku is about the thickness of thread, and the fabric only really looked good on 2.5mm needles. More sensible knitters than I pointed out that I was probably the only person in the world who would enjoy knitting a scarf on sock needles. And the resulting scarf was a little smaller than I wanted, too.

The stitch pattern is a very simple Shetland Razor Shell, with only one easy-to-work, easy-to-read lace pattern now.

I'd been meaning to knit another one, in a thicker yarn so as not to drive myself crazy, and the moment I saw color 23 of the Taiyo Sock, I knew I had found the right yarn.

And worked in the Taiyo, it's larger and not-so-crazy-making.

The pattern stitch causes the rows to zig-zag, making this fabulous 1970s-style chevron stripe - and worked in a vibrant 1970s autumnal palette (yet so modern, with a bit of Pantone's favourite Tangerine Tango), it's a fun summer accent. How good does it look with denim?

Pattern available for sale on Ravelry, for $4. It's an ideal first lace project, and I've included lots of tips on how to work it, and blocking to help out the first-time lace knitter.

It's worked with a single ball of Taiyo Sock yarn, on 3.5mm needles, and results in a scarf 11 inches wide and 60 inches long. Substitute any sock yarn you like, of course! One with long color runs like the Noro would work best.  I'm thinking it would look pretty tremendous in that Turtle Purl self-striping sock yarn... But yes, if you've got a skein of lovely sock yarn you want to show off, this may well be your pattern.

1 comment:

Heather Hufton said...

I guess I was crazy enough to knit the scarf in the Noro lace weight. I'm 3/4 finished and like the look. I'll send a picture when I'm done. Heather (Grey Heron class at Ravenna on March 31st)