Tosin (blaueteufelin) wrote in knitting,

Diamond Fantasy Scarf

Pattern: Diamond Fantasy Scarf or Shawl by Sivia Harding, "Scarf" size.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Silk, 3 skeins. (Sport weight, 175 yds/skein)
Needles: Size 5 Denise circulars for the body, not sure what length. Size 5 and Size 7 denise needles for the attached I-cord (see more under modifications).
Time to Knit: 1 week.

Modifications: Nothing intentional. I found a mistake in the second to last RS row after the shawl was already blocking, which was frustrating. I only had size 5 needles on me when I finished the body of the shawl, so I used those for the first half of the attached I-cord. I knitted really loosely and it came out just fine. I've misplaced my size 8 needles, so I used size 7s for the second half of the I-cord. This didn't seem to make much of a difference in the final product.

Overall thoughts:
- Instructions were clear and well-written. The pattern comes with both written instructions and a chart. I used the chart for the most part, and I didn't find any errors in it.

- Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Silk is a soft, single-ply silk yarn, so it tends to fuzz and pill (not excessively, though). Other than that, this yarn was a real pleasure to work with, and being silk, it gives the finished product a really lovely drape. I'll definitely use it again if I get the chance. Also, it's supposedly machine-washable. I don't have any plans of putting this through the wash, though!

Difficulty/construction of the pattern - The scarf is knit entirely in one piece from the bottom point up, and the borders are knit as you go along. Lace shawls don't come any simpler than that. The lace pattern is easy to follow and would probably be easy to memorize, if one wanted to (I didn't bother). I would recommend this as a good pattern for someone just starting out on lace knitting.

Blocking - The scarf had to be blocked rather severely in order for the pattern to emerge. Silk is pretty fragile when wet, so I decided to go with a pin and spritz method. I wove cotton string along the edges of the shawl and pulled it tight to bring out the lace pattern. I used T-pins to pin out the points of the border and pin down the top edge of the shawl.

Would I knit this again? - absolutely! In fact, I cast on for another one immediately after I finished. It's not a terribly complicated lace pattern, but it still kept my attention and was a really fun knit. I knit the scarf size, but it's big enough to be a shawl for those of us who are short (I'm just barely 5'4"). This is a great pattern for a light summer shawl. The Yarn Harlot has more thoughts on this pattern here (summary: she liked it!).

On to the pictures:

Diamond Fantasy Shawl

Diamond Fantasy Shawl



X-posted to my knitting journal, sharkyknits.
Tags: finished object, model post, pattern - shawl, technique - lace, yarn review - luxury fiber
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