OK, pardon me if I'm giddy, but I just took my new lace wrap off blocking, and I'm THRILLED. I want to thank everyone that offered advice last week
when I was getting this project off the ground. Special thank yous to klayre53
for the super simple but truly eye catching pattern suggestion, and hedgemom
for the brilliant blocking instructions!
Soooo.....here it is!
All photos courtesy of my husband's <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/golden_bear/">Flickr page</a> noted because I can't get the stupid Flickr html to work here and I want to credit appropriately per the warning on the website.
These photos are in the lj-cut box in the editor. Sorry if it's not working, I don't know what else to do.
This took me about two and a half solid days of knitting. And I mean solid....I watch a LOT of TV this weekend.
The yarn is a 5% Cashmere, 95% Merino laceweight called "Gentle" in color 2528 (a chocolate brown) from YarnPlace.com (but I went to actual storefront in Sunnyvale, CA). I used about 26g of a 100g ball (according to my kitchen scale) which translates to about 350 yards. I worked on size 10 1/2 needles (Denise - the best needle investment ever!)
The pattern is a 4 stitch, 2 row pattern repeat, with a k2 edge on each end. (row 1: k2tog, yo, yo, ssk; row 2: k1, k1 p1 into double yo, k1). I cast on 60 stitches total. It expanded at least double in width, and I probably gained about 10-15% in length, ending up about 14" x 72" after blocking. I threaded a rayon embroidery thread around the perimeter, washed gently in a Eucalan bath and pinned it out overnight. Voila!
The idea was something very light and airy to add finish to the outfit, not warmth. This piece fits the bill exactly.