Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Shot of Spring Scarf

I saw this pattern on The Purl Bee's shop website and knew I had to have it. It's from Swans Island Yarns and uses less than one skein of their hand-dyed organic fingering weight yarn. I'm sure I've seen fingering weight scarves before, but I don't think I've ever knit one myself. It's brilliant! This one is long enough for my liking but also very lightweight. The yarn is merino wool so it is soft and warm but the lace pattern and thin weight of the yarn make it perfect for spring and fall, when it's not frigid but a good scarf is in order.

So on a recent trip to Webs with my mother-in-law and a friend, I saw that they had the yarn and the pattern and I splurged. Seeing the beautiful, slightly variegated dye job in person, I couldn't resist.

Pattern: Shot of Spring Scarf by Swans Island
Yarn: Swans Island Certified Organic Merino Fingering Weight in Spring Green, 1 skein
Needles: US Size 8
Modifications: On the bind off edge, I used a sewn bind off to make sure the edge was stretchy enough, since the pattern is a 1 x 1 rib. It's slightly more time consuming but it makes a big difference.

I've worn this scarf many times since I finished it in March. We've had such a mixture of weather this spring (as usual!), and this is perfect for just about everything. It also makes me smile to see the bright green that looks like the lush green foliage surrounding me at this point in the season, and brightens the rainy days we've had lately.