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Jul 22, 2018

FO | Rose Gradient Scarf

With the last end woven and a light steam blocking, the rose gradient scarf is officially complete. It's about time, isn't it?!


Luckily, the end result was worth the wait. The 50/50 blend of silk and merino produced a light, fluid fabric that's the perfect weight for year-round wear. 


The fabric is reversible, so while each side is different, both are attractive. In the rolled shot below, you can see the fluted columns on the front (right) and the subtle ribs that decorate the back (left).
Each section is 10 inches long, and the five-stage ombre progresses from magenta to fuchsia and into light pink with marled sections in between to create a smoother transition between colors.


Rose Gradient Scarf
Pattern: In development
Yarn: Helen's Lace Solid (
50% silk/50% wool, Lorna's Laces)
Needles: US 8 (5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Size: Narrow
Dimensions: 4 x 50 ins
Yardage: ~400 yards

After some swatching, I opted to carry two strands of lace weight throughout, using a US 9 to work the body of the scarf and a US 8 for the first and last inch to minimize the tendency of handknit scarves to flare at the ends.



I like my scarves on the narrow side, and the 50-inch length is perfect. It's long enough to be worn draped under the collar of a jacket, wrapped multiple times for a cozy cowl-like effect, or folded in half with the ends tucked through the fold. As an added plus, it goes with many of my favorite outfits, and it's the perfect accent for a rich magenta work jacket that's one of my winter staples.

If versatility is the standard for a successful hand knit accessory, this simple scarf is an all-out win. With its subtle texture, reversible stitch, vibrant color and multiple wearing possibilities, I can see this becoming my go-to scarf for work, play and everything in between.

2 comments:

  1. Love the gradient colours in the wool too. Scarves always sound so simple, but there is a lot of knitting in them.

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    1. Thanks, Ginx! And you're so right - it's always surprising how much knitting goes into a simple scarf.

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