It's like a cowl, but not
Get your motor running...
Last fall, I put a call out on the Rav "Socks That Rawk" board, hoping to find a few yards of Woobu to swatch with - and received a generous cake of 33 grams instead! Aren't knitters the best? :)
This neckwarmer was the perfect way to maximize the yardage, and turn out one those cowly-type things everyone seems to be making these days!
Another winner from knitty
The Lace Ribbon Scarf from knitty is super easy to knit, memorize and mod as needed. And ain't it purty? Lacy without being frilly, geometric without being overly angular.
To make it shorter, slightly narrower, and keep the ends symmetrical, I:
- CO 44
- Knit two rows
- Knit the pattern for 7 repeats
- Knit two rows
Once blocked, the final size came to 9" wide by 25.25" long. Then, to make it a neckwarmer, I added these fun little retro Paris buttons, which I absolutely love!
Paris, take me away!
Another beautiful thing about this pattern? The double YOs work perfectly as buttonholes! So you can a) add buttons after it's blocked to ensure just the right placement; and b) button it up tighter or looser depending on how chilly it is. Neat, huh!
This is Woobu, a fantastic 40/60 sport weight blend of bamboo and merino. Gives it a sheen and drape similar to silk with the warmth of wool. Soft and snuggly, too. It also comes in gigantor hanks of 620 yards - 620 yards, people! How awesome is that!
Per Blue Moon Fiber Arts, the bamboo doesn't take in the dye as much as other yarns, so it's not as saturated as say, their STR is. But it more than makes up for that with a gorgeous silvery tone that is just stunning.
I can't quite recall because I finished this *cough* back in December, but I believe there was very little runoff in the soak. At any rate, there was no color fading afterwards, and it's held up very well to a good amount of wear over the past couple of months.
Wrap it up
I LOVE how this turned out! Keeps my neck toasty warm without adding the bulk of a scarf, plus it can be made as snuggly as the weather demands. It was the perfect project for those kitschy chic buttons, too. All in all, a fitting end to the FO train of '08!
Lace Ribbon Neckwarmer
Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf from knitty
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in Spinel, approx. 33 grams
Needle: 5, 24" Holz & Stein Ebony
Mods: Shorter and narrower with adjustable craftmatic buttons