Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peacock Tail Stole

Pattern: Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf
from "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush
17.5" x 60"

Yarn: Louet Gems - 100% merino; 4-ply fingering weight
color Cloud Grey - 185 yards/50 grams - 3 skeins (555 yd)

Needles: Size 6 - KnitPicks Options

Yes, the RED DOOR is back. It is just too miserably hot to be out styling photos. I get extra points for at least sweeping away the dry leaves before taking the shot. Last weekend I noticed brown leaves falling almost like it was the beginning of autumn. I can only assume they are just burned and are giving up early. I know how they feel.

Except for knitting one extra length repeat, omitting nupps, and using a heavier yarn, I knit this exactly like the pattern. The pattern is written as a scarf using lace weight yarn and is lovely with the nupps, but I had this yarn and wanted it in a stole size. At 17.5" x 60", it came out just right using only 3 of the 4 skeins of yarn.

The pattern was very nice to knit and, with no nupps on this one, fairly quick as well. You may not really notice in these pictures, but there is an eyelet section between the edging and the body which I particularly like. I'm not as fond of the edging as some others because this one is done in garter stitch.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. Maybe it arrived at the right point for me when I was more comfortable knitting lace, but I've used it more than any other. I find the patterns extremely versatile. It is easy to change yarn weights or to add or remove repeats to alter the size. Although many require that you knit an edge separately and either graft (kitchener stitch) or sew it on, I find that less daunting than knitting on a edge afterwards to live or picked up stitches. It is also easier, so far, for me to feel comfortable with having enough yarn.

Maybe it is just time for me to dive in and try the other kind.

This is going out to the grown daughter of a former coworker of JP. He requested a knit. : ) The Louet Gems is a superwash 100% merino and I think is perfect for gifting to a non-knitter.

ETA: YouTube video of Nancy Bush demonstrating knitting nupps here


YesterUkes said...

You are like "Superknitter". How do you knit so quickly??? I need speed lessons.

And, one question, please...what are 'nupps'? There is still so much I do not know.

minipurl said...

You mean I don't HAVE to do the darn nupps on my languishing Swallowtail shawl?
I love your shawl, so very pretty. :)