Elegant Defense

by longtallyarn

I wanted something to knit, and I wanted an extra layer to wear this summer when I go out somewhere nice that is seriously air conditioned.


These needs came together to form a lovely project, my new Alpine Knit scarf.

I had already knit a lovely scarf several years back that I was using for this purpose but careless storage and the resultant moth predation gave me opportunity to knit another.  The holes were getting bigger and bigger.  I carefully considered the matter and determined that I am smart enough to knit lace, and smart enough to darn knitting, but not smart enough to darn lace.

While I do enjoy knitting lace, I like looking at it more, so I spent a delightful few hours leafing through books and Ravelry to select a pattern.

Finally, I settled on a pattern from a book I have owned for many years.  Victorian Lace Today, by Jane Sowerby.  My creative vision for this project excluded really fine yarn, and yarn with a halo.  My sis offered to give me some skeins of Madelinetosh sock yarn, in the color Shire, that she had purchased and changed her mind about.  I said “Free yarn?  You’re sure you don’t want it anymore? Of course!”  Sock yarn is thicker than lace yarn, and I used needles smaller than the recommended size to make a more dense (hopefully less snaggy) garment.

First, the yarn.  I did enjoy knitting with the Madelinetosh.  It is very soft and stretchy and forgiving to work with.  Coming off a cotton lace curtain project this was a joy.  Shire has a beautiful color, if you like saturated tones, and they do have their place.  It is very green.

The knitting went well.  There is one error in one of the pattern repeats that is obvious to me but few would notice it unless I pointed it out to them.  (I sometimes feel compelled to do this for some reason…) When I first saw the missing rows I told myself that I was knitting for fun, and it would not be fun to rip all the way back to that.


The best photos of the border came from the blocking, so sorry about the towels in the background.IMG_20180215_220931915

Most of the patterns in Sowerby’s book have a knitted on border.  These are fun to execute but I can never get the corners to look right.  This one has a border that is knit at the same time as the center panel.  There will be no crimped corners, but there will be two patterns to follow at the same time.  The border is true lace, I read, in that it is patterned going both ways.  This is the difficulty: when you are purling across the back row, it is hard to see the pattern unfold because you are looking at the back, so you can’t just wing it by looking at what you did before.  It’s why I never quite memorized the pattern and I had to carry the chart around with me wherever I went knit.


I am pleased with both process and product on this one.  Even better, I have some left over yarn that will hopefully become mittens for Twin A.IMG_20180527_144446779_HDR