When I was thinking of something to knit for my boss’s birthday, I thought about her preferences and decided that something green and sparkly was absolutely the way to go.
Pattern: my own (still coming), using Barbara Walker’s Vine Lace stitch, learned from the Jellyfish shrug; project page here on Ravelry
Size: scarf size, approximately 6″x54″
Yarn: Patons Brilliant 69% Acrylic 19% Nylon 12% Polyester, color 3232 Glitter Green; I used 1 ball, 1.75 oz/50 g and 166 yards/158 m.
Needles: aluminum 9-inch size 10.5
Modifications: same as my first
Started: December 4, 2008
Finished: January 10, 2010
I had been wanting to knit another Vine Lace Scarf for a long time, since my cousin’s wife Yvonne loved my first one so much and it looked so cute on her. My boss is really into accessories, the shinier the better (I think this is part of why we get along so well).
I actually started this project for my boss’s birthday last year (her 2008 birthday) and then again for her 2009 birthday, but I didn’t give it to her until I gave the rest of my lab their extraordinarily belated Christmas gifts in January. The actual knitting time was about a day, as vine lace really flies by.
Vine lace is one of my favorite stitch patterns, as it has a big impact for easy, intuitive knitting that my hands seem to know how to do automatically by now.
I love lace scarves and the way they flutter and shimmer in the breeze. This yarn blocks remarkably well for an artificial fiber – I soaked the finished scarf in soap and warm water, then ran it over with an iron on low heat (my iron’s Nylon setting) to block it into place.
I really couldn’t be happier with the way this scarf came out. It was a lovely little gift – my boss loved it and pointed out how nicely it contrasted against the black top she was wearing. She also thought it would work tied in her hair or as a belt.
I’ll probably write a quick little pattern at some point (surround two repeats of vine lace with garter stitch, knit until you run out of yarn…), but I’m sure I will knit another one of these scarves soon.
Previous posts on this project:
- But what about December birthdays?