Thursday, July 7, 2011

Res Completa: Summery Silk Scarf

For what feels like forever, I've been wanting a pale, dusty pink, light scarf, preferably one that could be worn in the summertime. I've searched in shops and online to no avail and for some reason could never find the perfect shade of yarn to make one myself (actually, I found the perfect shade in Malabrigo and Yanabey, but those yarns were much to wooly for even a San Francisco "summer"). Until this years' Stitches West, when I came face to face with the perfect shade of pink in the perfect summertime yarn in the Tess' booth.



Pattern: #13 Drop-Stitch Scarf by Laura Militzer Bryant, from the Vogue Spring/Summer 2009 issue
Yarn: Tess' Designer Yarns Raw Silk, about 3/4 a hank (650 yards)
Needles: US 5 circs (I think)
Start to Finish: March 12-June 28 (What's crazy to me is that I remember knitting this on the way to my 40 week prenatal appointment. That feels like a decade ago.)

Mods: I did 7 repeats of the square pattern to widen the scarf a bit.
Finished dimensions: 19" x 80"



This was a fun pattern (dropping stitches feels so...dangerous), though I'm realizing that I find scarves a little boring to knit (this coming from the woman who designed a shawlette that requires Stockinette over one bazillion stitches for several inches). I felt like I had been knitting this thing forever yet still had, like, two feet to go. But I'm happy I stuck with it. It's airy and breezy and I love the way the yarn is slightly crisp but still soft. I like it bunched around my neck as well as tied once with the ends hanging down. I think it's nice as a wrap, too.



Wait a sec...where'd that baby come from?


(Sorry...had to sneak one in. :) )

20 comments:

Julie said...

what a beautiful shawl/scarf!! I haven't seen that pattern before, it's gorgeous. And your little one is such a cutie pie!!

Aline said...

I remember that Vogue...wanted one of those too! You look amazing!!!

Lianne said...

Isn't he gorgeous! And of course your scarf is lovely too :)

Sassafrass said...

I think this is my first comment here, despite lurking for some time. All for that GORGEOUS scarf! Well done!

Thea said...

There he is!! Helloo!! The scarf is lovely, but he takes the show.

Clumsy Knitter said...

The scarf looks great--perfect for our CA weather! Hmm...

Your serious little guy is SO CUTE!!!

Nettie said...

I LOVE the scarf! And the little baby chunk at the end!

Jodi said...

So pretty! I love the colors. That is one cute little guy -- hope you're hanging in there and doing well.

Susan said...

Gorgeous scarf that doubles as a shawl. The color is a perfect shade of pink.

P.S. Sneak in as many pics of your little one as you'd like - we all love every one you post.

barefootrooster said...

the scarf is gorgeous -- and styled perfectly, as always. and hello, handsome! thinking happy thoughts in your direction often!

Kim said...

the scarf is beautiful! and I agree about the boring-but-worth-it factor…and in fact had my Citron in mind as one of those projects before you even mentioned it!

Siga said...

He's so adorable!

The scarf's not bad either. ;)

CanarySanctuary said...

It's great to hear that, after a long search, you were able to find just what you were looking for. I've been on similar searches, myself. The scarf is lovely!

AlleRaa said...

What a lovely shawl! And so charming little prince :)

Maryse said...

It's beautiful! I love it!

Tori said...

Hilary, he is so cute! Just precious! And I love your scarf!

Tori

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture of the three of you!

bitchesgetstitches.net said...

gosh that kid is pretty cute.
and mom's looking pretty good as well.

glad things are still going well for you.

Vampire74 said...

Hi! Beautiful results! I have two questions. I have started the pattern from Vogue Knitting and I do not get the "loose" yarn in between squares horizontally, only vertically. Am I doing something wrong?
Also, I too wanted to add a couple of squares to the lenght of the scarf. I am a little scare d to modify the pattern. Did you end up casting on 80 instead of 60? That's what I seem to get but I am not sure.
Thanks!

Hilary said...

@Vampire74 - Hi there! Honestly, I made that scarf so long ago that I do not remember at all what I did to modify it. :( I wouldn't be scared though...see if you can figure out how long the repeat is and just CO that many extra. If the first couple rows work out, then you should be good! I think the horizontal open stripes are formed by all the KW3's and KW2's and PW2's, etc. in Rows 1 and 12. Good luck!