On this below-zero morning, I'm so glad to be a knitter. Despite the chill, I'm warm and snug thanks to Silver Frost, my new texture-and-lace scarf/stole. Through Monday the 16th it's on sale for $1 off on Ravelry. Use the coupon code FROSTY at checkout.
Pattern: Silver Frost, by Bonnie Sennott
Yarns: Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud in Ash
Needles: US 5/3.75mm and US 4/3.50mm
Knit with two strands of laceweight yarn held together (one each of Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud), the design features easy-to-work lace and texture patterns (provided in both charts and written line-by-line instructions). It's worked flat, from one end to the other, with no grafting required. Knit at a fairly loose gauge, the resulting fabric is light and airy, yet deliciously cozy and warm.
The pattern includes instructions for two sizes—a wide scarf/stole (14.5 inches/37 cm wide, shown in the photos) and a narrower scarf (8 inches/20 cm wide). The narrow version requires one skein of each yarn; the larger, two skeins of each.
The Silk Cloud's mohair content gives the scarf a pleasing halo and makes it incredibly soft. If you prefer smoother yarns, by all means give them a try—a single strand of a fingering weight yarn can definitely be substituted for the two laceweight yarns. I think a fingering weight merino/silk blend, like Shibui's Staccato, would lend the design a beautiful sheen and drape.
I wouldn't call it reversible, as it's not exactly the same on both sides—but the wrong sides of the mesh and textures sections (above) are attractive in their own right. However you wear it, it's a dream to have around your neck on a cold winter day.
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