Jan 2008: I've made matching Regina Fingerless Mitts which can be seen here: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/01/regina-mitts.html.
Aug 2008: Regina Scarf in Ruby Red color seen here: http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/08/regina-scarf-for-mil.html
Yarn: Elann Luxury Merino Superwash DK, Regency Rose, 5 balls.
Needles: 5mm (US8)
Ok, it's been a while since I showed you a peek of the latest cable scarf I finished and I can see it will be a long time before I can show you blocked photos of the scarf. A couple weeks ago I brought out my bottle of blocking pins and noticed some discoloration near the tips. Upon closer inspection the discoloration turned out to be rust. RUST! I guess I should have expected it. The pins didn't specifically say "rust-proof". I've been meaning to go look for some rust-proof blocking pins, unfortunately I've been so busy that I still haven't gotten around to it. It doesn't look like I'll get to it any time soon, so I decided to take photos of my scarf unblocked. I hope you don't mind.
This cable and bobble scarf was knit with 5 balls of Elann's Luxury Merino Superwash DK yarn in Regency Rose color. Unblocked, the scarf measures 7 inches wide x 60 inches long (18 cm x 152 cm). Although this yarn is still soft, I thought that the Capri Blue color I used for my Bernadette Scarf felt much softer in my hands. I wonder whether there are differences between the colors, or if it is just my imagination.
The scarf was knit in two halves, knit halfway from edge to center and then grafted together using Kitchener Stitch (see here for directions, or here for video). I hate grafting. I was never good at it. I try to avoid it whenever I can. However my desire for symmetry and the center panel being right-side-up when the ends are hanging in front won out. And thus I spent the extra time to graft the two halves together. Thank goodness I had a good audio book to listen to while I did this.
When I saw the center panel in The New Knitting Stitch Library, I just knew I had to use it in a scarf. The question was what to put next to it. I saw Rupunzel's Braid in BW2 which looked nice in the photo but it just didn't do anything for me when I knitted it up:
I decided to go back to an old favorite, the basic 6-stitch cable crossed every 8th row. And this is what Regina became in the end:
Regina Scarf Pattern:
Regina Scarf Pattern from Box.net (no registration required, just click on link & save file)
St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf:
Stitches used in this scarf include:
Pattern 2.1, HG5 pg 16
Pattern 2.1, HG5 pg 16
Pattern #99, NKSL pg 64
Reverse Stockinette Stitch, MT pg 4
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11
Six-Stitch Cable Crossed Every 8th Row, BW1 pg 242
Matching Regina Fingerless Mitts.