Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Pattern Release: Restless

Blowing in on April breezes ... for your spring wardrobe ... a new lace scarf pattern, now available on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop:

Pattern: Restless, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarn: Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Blue Faced Lace [100 percent washable Blue Faced Leicester wool; 390yd/356m per skein]; color: Barefoot, 1 skein
Needles: US #4/3.5 mm

Knit in light fingering weight or heavy laceweight yarn, Restless offers a knitter the pleasures of both lace knitting and beads. The scarf’s two edgings feature a distinctive diamond motif enlivened by beads, while its central panel is made up of columns of yarn overs. The placement of the decreases in relation to the yarn overs shifts back and forth, creating an impression of restless movement.



Restless is worked in two pieces. First, the lower edging and central panel are knit in one piece and set aside. Then a second edging is knit, and the two pieces are joined by garter stitch grafting. The stitch pattern in the central panel is easily memorized, making this part of the scarf a good candidate for a travel project or knit night.


Pattern instructions are provided in both written and charted forms. Directions for placing beads using the crochet hook method and for garter stitch grafting are included.



This was my first time using Blue Faced Lace from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks. When I went to Stitches East last October, I didn’t discover the Kitchen Sink Dyeworks booth until the very end of the day. I was more than a little fatigued by that point, but I revived quickly as I wandered among the fresh, delicate colors of the KSD yarns. But I made myself walk away, because I had already spent the cash I had budgeted for the market.

You know what happened . . . we’ve all been there. A little voice whispered in my ear, “You have your debit card with you!” Back I went to get the last skein of the Blue Faced Lace in this lovely colorway called Barefoot. I’m so glad I did! For the next few months I kept looking at it, wondering what it would be.

Once I started swatching, the design came together very quickly. When I blocked the first swatch, I was delighted with how beautifully the yarn relaxes and the lace opens. The fabric is quite soft after blocking and has a really lovely halo. The finished scarf measured 8 1/2 by 50 inches before blocking and 10 by 54 inches after blocking.


Special thanks to Jenny for her careful editing, and to Bertha (my new dress form) for her patient modeling.


KPiep said...

It's absolutely lovely! Congratulations on another beautiful design!

Jenny said...

The stitches, the yarn and the beads all make this such a romantic design. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

How pretty! So delicate.

Shelda said...

Oh, it's gorgeous! Whew! I love the way the lace goes back and forth. Very, very nice!

Karin said...

A perfect pattern for the perfect yarn, and with such judicious placement of beads!! Stunning.

RodPrjónar said...

This is so pretty!
I love beads, especially when they are used at the right places and in the right amount :)
This is simply wonderful!