I’m pretty far behind on everything this month, but here’s one piece of holiday gift knitting that I’m optimistic will get finished on time. (The others will probably become 2013 birthday presents!)
This is the end of a scarf knit in Patons Lace Sequin, in the Amber colour. It’s not blocked, so the tip is curling up as yet. I’m not sure it will hold a block because of the acrylic content, but the recipient likes to toss things into the washing machine. This yarn will survive that, which is more important.
I started with 3 stitches and knit every row, increasing one stitch just inside each edge on the right side until there were 11 stitches.
After that, I knit 5, YO, knit to last 5 stitches, YO and knit to end on the right side. On the wrong side, I knit the first and last 5 stitches and purled the ones in between.
When I decided it was wide enough, I stopped making it wider, but continued with the YO edging. Those right side rows are K5, YO, K2tog, knit to last 7 stitches, K2tog, YO, K to end. (Because I’m fussy, I slanted the decreases – left leaning on the first one, right leaning on the second one.) The wrong sides are K5, purl to last 5 stitches, K to end.
I’ll knit until it looks long enough – with 314m in one ball, one ball will make a shorter scarf – then decrease down to a point again. I’ll have to K5, YO, K3tog, K to last 8 stitches, K3tog, YO, K to end on the right side. Once it’s down to 11 stitches, I’ll lose the YO’s and knit every row to take the garter stitch border down to a point.
My needles are 3.75mm because I didn’t want it to be very lacy. The recipient likes neutral colours, but I think the scattered sequins give it more interest.
What do you think?