brand new scarf

Something wonderful has happened to one of the projects I’ve made this year: my Anouschka Scarf is included in Interweave Knit’s Gifts 2010 issue which is coming out November 4.

You can browse all the lovely projects from the magazine on the Interweave website here.

To say I’m thrilled doesn’t adequately express how excited I am! I’m positively jumping up and down.

I had a lot of fun making Anouschka. Like all the projects I love best, it has just enough detail to keep things interesting, but once you get the hang of how the pattern works, it’s plain sailing. It’s a series of balloon shapes with a spiral eyelet pattern. A narrow knit scarf is threaded through the centre so that you can wear or tie it in a number of different ways.

Here’s one of the photos from the magazine. It’s made with Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, 1 hank of Buttercup.

For my prototype Anouschka (below), I used the ultra sumptuous Jade Sapphire 2 ply cashmere, 2 hanks of Driftwood.

[note: 2 ply cashmere is a little thicker than a traditional 2 ply lace-weight yarn so I used fewer stitches than the version in the magazine. If you’re set on using cashmere, email me and I’d be happy to let you know how to adapt the magazine pattern for a different number of stitches]

For my next one, I plan to use ¬†2 strands of Habu Fine Merino. Some new colours arrived recently and I’ve been itching (pardon the pun) to try them.

Here are some more ways to wear it:

Anouschka’s shape was inspired by Neptune’s necklace, a seaweed that you find on the beaches and in the rockpools here and in Australia.

When they’ve been lying on the beach in the sun they dry out and are fun to stomp on and pop! much like plastic bubbles.

Not that I’ll be doing that with my Anouschka.

9 Responses to “brand new scarf”

  1. Laura Says:

    What a beautiful design! I absolutely love it in the Driftwood colourway. Looking forward to the magazine!

  2. Meredith C. Says:

    Very pretty and unique.

  3. Karen Barrett Says:

    I’ve just ordered a copy, congratulations!

  4. aKnitontheside Says:

    Stunning, and it looks an intriging knit. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the issue here in the UK with anticipation.

  5. Lisa Says:

    Mel that is so exciting! What a beautiful scarf, I love that you used the seaweed for inspiration, I never knew what it was called! Clever you :)

  6. Steph Says:

    Wow so beautiful!!

  7. Curlycroeso Says:

    It’s the one that stood out from the crowd in the magazine. It shouts out “proper design from a proper designer”. Beautiful and clever, as is usual with your designs. Thank you so much for the thought you’ve put into this. I’m in the UK and your design’s the only one I’m interested in in the whole magazine, making this a difficult pattern for me to acquire. I’ve made quite a few of your items from Knit 2 Together and buy pattern books with the rule that there must be between 3 and 5 patterns I’d be likely to make.

  8. Marian Says:

    Really is a lovely design Mel. I will most definitely be making one of my own.

  9. Ivone Says:

    It’s so nice. May I get your adaptation in cashmere, coz I prefer to work thicker yarn dan lace weight. Please excuse me, I am just a beginner at knitting.

    Thanks for your kind attention beforehand.

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