This is the scarf that I made for my mom for Christmas. I meant to post “work in progress” pictures, but never got around to it. So here’s the finished deal!
I used the falling water pattern, found here. It’s also on ravelry.com, with some good examples. I used a lovely baby alpaca yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. I have to say that it took me forever to decide on a yarn to use for this scarf. I needed something soft but not so feathery or bulky that it disguised the pattern, and I also needed something in a decent color. I am not very good at venturing out of my comfort zone when it comes to yarn colors, and I don’t want to spend $40 on yarn for a project that I’ll end up not liking. But I finally decided on this yarn after about 12 trips around the store, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Here’s a picture to give a bit of a clearer idea of the pattern…
One great thing that I learned with this scarf is the importance of blocking. I was busily knitting away early on the morning of December 23rd and decided that I just had to be done because it had yet to be blocked and I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before wrapping it up. It wasn’t quite as long as I wanted it, but the pattern promised that it would grow sufficiently with blocking. Amazingly enough, the pattern was right. Here are the before and after shots, with another scarf for scale.
As you may also see, the blocking also opened up the pattern and made it much more delicate and visible which I really loved. Maybe some of you more experienced knitters can tell me if some patterns require blocking more than others…maybe lacy patterns need it more? I’m almost inspired enough to go ahead and block my Shalom Cardigan from last year that was always too small….