Sunday, June 10, 2007

ISE4: Backyard Leaves is finito!

From this lumpy bumpy scarf to.....


.... this! Here is my completed Backyard Leaves Scarf for my ISE4 pal and I am very pleased with the result. It's very soft and light yet warm and snuggly.



I used the best part of three 50g balls of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK, in Shade 857 (some folks have used Jaeger M'maker Merino Aran but I wanted a lighter scarf). The suggested needle size is 4mm but as I knit quite loose I went down to 3.75mm. Also, the pattern calls for 11 repeats but I completed a total of 14 repeats to achieve the desired length.

Check out this sexy little grafted number ...



I was really worried that I would end up with a bulky mass at the back of the neck where the two pieces are grafted together. But blocking the scarf made that easier. Once I had stitched the two pieces together, I blocked it again to smooth out the join. I think it looks pretty neat! [insert big cheesy stupid grin]

Grafting the two pieces together seems to be one of the main concerns people had who have knit this scarf. When I was looking for information about it, I was unable to find any photos or reference to how other people managed. So here's mine, in case anybody wants to see it!

Now to get the package in the post tomorrow and job done. I do hope my pal will like it.

8 comments:

jae said...

I love how blocking can really transform lace. And your join looks wonderful, too. Good job!

Carol said...

Any one would be more than happy to get a gift like that! It's just beautiful! Your grafting skills are awesome! Can't even tell it was knit in two pieces. Really nicely done!

Craftybernie said...

Thanks!!! I've never grafted anything before in my life. But I guess all the embroidery and cross stitch projects I did as a kid must have helped. :)

Piglottie said...

Bernie its lovely! Really pretty pattern, and perfect yarn colour :)

sherriknits said...

It's beautiful! I love your sock bag!

Helen said...

That is pretty, and the colour suits the pattern really well.

I just wanted to say that I saw your little peruvian hat on the innocent flickr gallery and thought it was the cutest thing ever! :)

Hx

Carrie said...

Your scarf looks wonderful, and the join - perfect! Your pal will love it.

AR said...

Gorgeous! Great job. :)