#193 Don't Ruche Me, I'm Knitting Scarf
This was a very successful MKAL! Be sure to finish those scarves and post your Project pages to be eligible for the October MKAL Prizes. Win patterns, knitting needle jewelry, a cool project bag, and more just for showing off your knitting!
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This scarf is a fairly quick knit, with lovely textured results. It combines lace with some simple shaping techniques to give it beautiful body and structure. This pattern includes a one-ball option, perfect for gift knitting, and a two-ball option, if you prefer your scarves with a little more length.
The one-ball scarf has two “ruched” sections at each end, while the two-ball version has three (see page 3 photos). Both can be easily extended slightly in length by doing more repeats of the Diamond Lace in the middle section (see bottom of page 5 notes), although you will need extra yarn.
A 70% kid mohair/30% silk blend yarn gives you the required strong halo that complements the lace and a finished scarf that is sumptuous to the touch. Choose a vibrant or soft color that will make you (or the gift recipient) happy. This is a fun, feminine, and sophisticated design that will be a delight to wear! A slightly variegated mohair and silk blend yarn would work as well, though I would recommend more subtle color variations to allow the two different lace stitches to come through.
A non-mohair yarn is not recommended, as the intended results will only work with the type of yarn suggested. Lots of yarn discussion from the MKAL.
I used Elann.com Silken Kydd, but have listed very similar options here. (Please substitute based on yardage, NOT number of balls or weight)
As this project features 2 different lace stitch patterns (charted and written) AND in particular, is knit in a mohair-blend yarn, I consider it an INTERMEDIATE level-of-difficulty. Please be comfortable using a mohair-blend, as it is very difficult to fix mistakes with this kind of yarn, but the nature of the yarn is what will work with this pattern to give gorgeous results ;-)