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Old 08-05-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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FO : Princess Lace Scarf and Hat (pic heavy)
I started knitting the scarf in July of 2009, and maternity leave finally gave me the chance to finish it. I converted the pattern to the round and made up a hat to match.

The pattern in question is the Princess Lace Wrap (linked to ravelery, the actual pattern is here as a PDF!!!)

I'm not a wrap person but I LOVE scarves so I just cast on 31 stitches with 2 stitch garter border on either side.

For the hat I cast on 120 stiches and did 2x2 ribbing then I increased by 3 stitches to accommodate the lace pattern. I did the decreases on what would have been the purl rows and as the decreases made each repeat impossible to follow the written pattern I just knit visually instead, so the lace goes all through the hat.

When the decreases were done on every round I abandoned the pattern all together and did YO's with each decrease to give a lacy spiral effect at the top. It turned out really well which amazes me, as I had no actual pattern to follow for the hat. Just the lace pattern. I guess it shows how far I have come in my knitting.

The hat is maybe an inch too loose, and did not shrink at all in the wash like I hoped but it's not a big deal.

I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in "River" this was yarn I got for my birthday in 2007! Finally used it up. I have just enough left over to make mittens.

For some reason I was SO anxious to block the scarf and have it done (even though it's August and I have PLENTY of time for fall) that I just HAD to go and block this thing... Blocking a scarf on the floor when you're in your 9th month of pregnancy is... really interesting to say the least. I don't know what I was thinking. Blocking is uncomfortable enough when I am NOT pregnant. My back was so not impressed.

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Blocking the scarf


My little helper, Pretty.






Close up of the hat
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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Very very very nice work!!!! Love both pieces!!!
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Those are gorgeous!

Love the kitty, too!
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These are so beautiful. The color is awesome, and your work is flawless. It actually took my breath away.
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Those are gorgeous!

Love the kitty, too!
Thank you. I was using the baby's room to block which is of course the kitty's room right now haha. As soon as she saw me with the camera she was all over me to get her picture taken. She's such a ham.

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These are so beautiful. The color is awesome, and your work is flawless. It actually took my breath away.
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Very very very nice work!!!! Love both pieces!!!
Thank you so much.
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Great job! That is such a pretty shade of blue!!
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Beautiful job!!! That color is sooo pretty!! Love what you did with that pattern. Thanks for the inspiration!
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You did an amazing job! It's such a great pattern, and you did a great job creating a hat to match. I love the yarn too ... I just used Knit Picks Shine Sport in "River" to make a baby sweater for a friend! After seeing your projects, I think I might use it again for a hat/scarf/mitten combo for myself this winter - I like that it's a cotton blend rather than wool as wool/wool blends are incredibly itchy for me!
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You did an amazing job! It's such a great pattern, and you did a great job creating a hat to match. I love the yarn too ... I just used Knit Picks Shine Sport in "River" to make a baby sweater for a friend! After seeing your projects, I think I might use it again for a hat/scarf/mitten combo for myself this winter - I like that it's a cotton blend rather than wool as wool/wool blends are incredibly itchy for me!

Thank you!

Knit Picks Shine Sport is my favourite yarn hands down. (worsted is nice too but I prefer smaller weight yarn) I am allergic to wool and no matter how "silky" or "soft" people say it is it always feels scratchy and unpleasant to me.

It's almost the only yarn I knit with, though I also love their Comfy yarn which is also really nice. I just find the yardage, quality and price of knit picks brands to be perfect for me.
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