Sunday, February 28, 2010

Pattern Release: Anita Caroline

Spring comes this month (according to the calendar, if not the weather). It certainly didn't look like it Saturday morning. I awoke to the sound of a snowplow and looked out to see a completely white world. Bright white snow clung to all the trees and hills. Even the air was white. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

But by noon, the snow had fallen from the trees and the sun had melted most of it. And that's a sure sign of spring--the snow never disappears so quickly in January.

March is also the month of my mother's birthday, and to celebrate I'm releasing a new pattern named after her.

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Anita Caroline is a light, feminine lace scarf. Knit in fingering weight yarn, the scarf is worked straight from one end to the other. Because there's no provisional cast on or grafting involved, it makes a very good first lace project.

The pattern is available as a PDF in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry. The PDF provides complete instructions, in both written and charted forms.

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Pattern: Anita Caroline, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Louet Gems Super Fine/Fingering Weight in Linen Grey, 100 percent merino wool, 185 yd/169 m per skein, 2 skeins
Needle: US 4/3.5mm

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The stitch pattern is my own invention--I first "drew" the arrangement of yarn overs in Excel, then worked out what decreases to use and where to place them by knitting up a series of swatches. In the end, the swatch with running columns of centered double decreases was my favorite. I felt their strong vertical lines gave the design structure and pulled everything together. The centered double decreases also create natural scallops on the ends, which can be accentuated by pinning them out during blocking.

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Special thanks to Betsey (who modeled the scarf) and Jenny (who proofed the pattern).

My Mom and I, 1960s--me with my hair in curlers--thanks, Mom! (and happy birthday a little early)