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Monday, December 17, 2007

Regina


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



Pattern: Regina Cable & Bobble Scarf.
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)


My series of cable scarves...

Persephone Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2006/12/persephone.html
Ariel Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/04/ariel.html
Miranda Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/06/miranda-scarf.html
Osiris Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/09/osiris.html
Bernadette Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/11/bernadette.html
Regina Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/12/regina.html
Paquin Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/03/paquin.html
Beaumonde Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/04/beaumonde.html
Shadow Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/04/shadow.html
Hera Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/08/hera-scarf-pattern.html
Triumph Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/08/triumph-cable-scarf-pattern.html
Ezra Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/09/ezra-cable-scarf-pattern.html
Sihnon Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/10/sihnon.html
Londinium Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/10/londinium.html
St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf:
http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/11/scarf-15.html

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.

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9 stitch(es):

knittink said...

Thank you so much for sharing this great design. I like it very much!
Cheers
Andrea

jenna said...

Two words: in. credible.

KarWar said...

this is one of the most intricate and beautiful scarf patterns i have ever seen!

THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

Truly exquisite! Thanks!

hakucho said...

All of your scarves are beautiful, but this one is really special. I wouldn't even block if it were me. It looks perfect just as is. In fact I bet if you blocked you might lose some of the wonderful texture. Very nice and thanks for sharing the pattern :)

Suzann said...

They just keep getting more and more beautiful. Very very tempting

Maryann said...

Love it! I'm NOT a "bobbles" type, but the scarf is beautiful!

Robin said...

I really love your scarf patterns. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay said...

Your patterns are amazingly intricate. The nicest I have probably seen.

I've been working on this pattern for my boyfriend's mother is a pretty blue merino wool and alpaca mix. I keep running into a problem directly after making a bobble. I follow the intructions of k,p,k,p,k into one stitch.Then I turn and purl 5, turn, pass the stitches and knit into the back of the first stitch on the left needle. Here's where I realize I have a problem. There is one stick short to complete the rest of the row. It ends up working out ok, because the last stitch before the seed stitch is the same as the first stitch of the seed stitch. Any idea what I am doing wrong?


-(as a side note is it ok for me to turn the work while knitting into the one stitch, so I am less likely to drop it?)