Wednesday, April 23, 2008

arches & columns lace scarf

arches & columns lace scarf

After a three year break, I gave Arches & Columns another try, and this time... success! I'm not sure why, but this time around things seemed to go a little quicker. Perception? Determination? Who knows, but it took me about ten days of unrushed knitting to complete (and that includes some time off to knit the Felicity hat).

I followed the recommendation to use US sz 7 needles. The pattern says to use two balls (ball = 25g/240yds) of the Crystal Palace Kid Merino held together (which I did) and that it will take 3/4 of each ball to to get a 55-inch long scarf. A full two balls gave me 45 inches. I used about half of two more balls to get to my desired length of 60 inches. The width of the scarf was 8 inches. All these measurements were taken pre-blocking. After a light blocking, I did get an additional 10 inches of length, but hardly any more width.

The pattern itself is quite easy. Just four rows, with two of those rows being straight purls. The right-side, knit rows are easy to memorize. I did make a few mistakes (additional yo or not doing a psso) that I didn't bother to go back and correct, but the pattern is quite forgiving and it's difficult to see the mistakes unless you are really scrutinizing the scarf.

The overall look of the scarf is refined, but not too girly. The lace pattern would look really lovely if it was made into a wrap. The scarf will look good with a professional skirt and sweater, but also will "chic" up a pair of jeans and t-shirt. The drape of this scarf is really wonderful. The Kid Merino is soft, light and not itchy. Perfect for the in-between seasons.

arches & columns lace scarf

More pictures at Flickr


Salihan said...

Gorgeous! I'm glad you gave it another go.

drlaura said...

lovely! i think you will really enjoy it - plus battle your friends to keep wearing it without giving it away!
i'm drlaura, "yarn&sock-guru" for Crystal Palace Yarns... would love your permission to post your pics on our blog and link to you

blessings, :L

nuttnbunny said...

So beautiful! I'm off to add to my Ravelry queue!

Em-En said...

Thanks Salihan.

I'm glad I tried again too. I finally have a "fancy" scarf after all these years. :)

Em-En said...

Hi Laura!

Oh there is no way anyone is going to take this scarf from me. ;)
I emailed you about permission (answer is yes), in case you don't see this comment.

Em-En said...

Thank you nuttnbunny!

I'm sure you'll enjoy knitting up this gem of a pattern. :)