I'm really happy with this scarf- I love the diagonal eyelet, the fringe, and the drape makes this seems so classic yet fashionable. It's these sort of scarves that I end up wearing the most (except in the dead of winter), because they easily complete the look of an outfit, as well as look good with a spring/fall coat. The pattern is an exclusive for the Year in Colour Club, until 2013. But when it is live for non-club members, I'll definitely blog about it!
I had a tricky time with this design at first- I had this idea for a really textured cowl, and I was totally set on it. I swatched many different stitches, but in this yarn (which is an exclusive merino/silk base for some of the Colour Club months) it just fell flat. Because this yarn has a lot of drape in it, and it wanted to be knitted into a drapey fabric. And I spent at least a solid week trying to force it to do something it didn't want to do.
The yarn, won in the end. The yarn always wins, because it knows what it needs to be. It had been a while since I had been reminded of that. It's knits like this that remind me that when you have the right yarn for the right pattern, it all comes together. And if you're struggling, then you've got to choose- are you going to change the pattern or are you going to change the yarn?
I'm so glad I changed the pattern. This yarn knew what it wanted to be. I just had to listen.
p.s.- Doesn't Tanis look amazing in these shots?