Have you ever knit anything with Rowan Kidsilk Haze? If you have, you know how gorgeous this Italian yarn is. It is a lace weight blend of mohair and silk that is light as a feather. It is an expensive yarn, but it’s very special. Whatever you make from it is very warm and has fantastic drape.
This pattern is, once again, from one of my favorite pattern resources – Churchmouse Yarns and Tea. The pattern calls for four solid colors, but I used six because I wanted a much longer scarf. The yarn is to be held double. The pattern has you knit one of the solid colors for a big block and then cut one yarn and add in one yarn of another color. Now you are knitting with two colors at once and you get a great new color. Then you cut the first color and add another end of the second color and knit with just that color. It’s fun to see the colors that two different skeins produce together. I did not follow the pattern regarding how long to knit in one color – I just knit until I felt like switching colors.
The scarf is all stockinette stitch, except for a 7 stitch border on each side done in seed stitch, to keep it from curling. It’s very effective. All that stockinette makes for easy knitting while you watch TV. The scarf lies very nicely. I damp blocked instead of wet blocked it. I figured it would be way too heavy to handle if I wet blocked it. I just threw two towels in the washer on rinse and spin and then wrapped the scarf up in there overnight and then pinned and blocked it the next day, as the pattern suggested. It worked really well. The scarf ended up being 82″ x 13″ after blocking, a really nice length. I did not quite use completely all six skeins.
I’m definitely going to knitting more of this pattern, it’s so great. I can see all kinds of terrific color combinations. Kidsilk Haze is about $15 a skein, so it’s ends up being about $90 to knit one of these scarves in this length.
Pattern: ColorPlay Scarf
Needle: US 7 Addi Lace Circulars
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 6 colors:
Hurricane, Steel, Smoke, Anthracite, Tornado and Heavenly