Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gothic Leaf Scarf

Pattern: Gothic Leaf Scarf by Sivia Harding
Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns fingering weight in Navy Olive - 1.5 skeins
Needles: US 4 Bryspun circs
Size: 6" x 60"
Mods: None
Rating: Yippee! A FO!

Hot off the blocking board! My first Gothic Leaf is finished. Cheshire Catlike, the pattern proved elusive as I was photographing it. (I had all sorts of arty photo op ideas, but finally resorted to ye olde knitting on the pillowcase trick for the closeup.)

Gothic Leaf is one of those easy to intermediate patterns that either helps a newbie lace knitter get the hang of what they're doing or provides a simple knit to the more advanced. The directions are straight forward, the chart a 20-row (WS purl rows included) repeat, the pattern easily adaptable for making either a scarf or a shawl. For this scarf I cast on 39 st, with a 3 garter stitch border on either side of the pattern. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting it up, and confess that I'm still enjoying making the shawl sized version in linen, too.

The colorway makes me purr. Doesn't it look reptilian? Mrowr.

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Hey, as soon as you're on Ravelry, please let me know! My id is "knitdevil". I'm gradually learning my way around the site; this week I'm uploading more of my stash and *gasp* being sociable and joining a bunch of groups. I've also been in an organizin' mood, and have sorted my patterns and fleshed out my queue of to-be-knitted projects. Yesterday I wound up a bunch of yarn. Ah, the possibilities waiting to burst forth. They include:

+ Toe up socks in Artyarns Ultramerino 8
+ Cashmere Cowl No. 2 in Posh Camilla
+ Ariann in Berroco Ultra Alpaca
+ Montego Bay in Alchemy Bamboo
+ Georgiana Scarf in Chasing Rainbows Tussah Merino

Of course, now that I've blogged about them, I'll cast on something completely different. You know how it goes.

That's it for now. Hold onto your hats, though, because tomorrow I have another FO to tromp out. It's madness around here, I tell ya, sheer madness.


mary said...

Another FO? Hoo boy, you're spoiling us. Can't wait! Is it CPH? Black bag? Gothic lace shawl? The anticipation is killing me. *wink*

Debi said...

The scarf is lovely and all the "wannabe's" are gonna be yummy too!

LotusKnits said...

Oooh I love that scarf! And the colorway is totaly mrow worthy!

lady marie said...

I love it!!!! I'm positively purring over the colorway. I can't wait to see another FO tomorrow. Is it CPH??? Inquiring minds simply can't wait *wink*

Annette said...

You've been busy! Your scarf turned out great. I'm guessing the felted bag is tomorrow's FO....

che said...

Oi look at that! Nice work, and I love that yarn and those incredible colors!

mehitabel said...

Hmmm, I think I know what tomorrow's FO is--but I guess I'll have to wait and see, just like everyone else! The Gothic Leaf scarf is great--love that colorway! Hmm, wonder if I should cast on for one, I just happen to have some luscious yarn around here... someplace... better check my Ravelry pages, huh?

Dipsy said...

Wow, this scarf is awesome - I really, really love that pattern! And that goodie yarn - just looking at these colors cheered me up considerably - thanks for that! ;)

Debbie said...

Ah, you are going to love Ravelry! Just sent you a friend invite.

jillian said...

So pretty! I can imagine how difficult that was to photograph!

And wait, you're casting on Ariann too?? I finished Sleeve #1 last night (3/4 length!). Want to knit-along with me?

Ellen Bloom said...

You're a lace-knittin' genius! Love the scarf. I'm also impressed by your perfectly formed yarn cakes.

Macoco said...

The scarf looks great. I love the ye olde pillowcase trick. I hadn't thought of that one - I've been using the ye olde big piece of white paper from the CVS craft section trick.

Anonymous said...

GL scarf looks fabulous!! I love the way this pattern looks.

Another FO, and I see you have lots of stash loaded into go girl!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! So pretty!