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Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool), colorway Oceanic Mix
Needles: U.S. 5 Zephyr acrylic Options 24″ circular (knit flat) and Signature straights
This pattern has been called the new Clapotis. It’s fashionable, wearable, admits of endless variation based on yarn choice, and has more than 4500 projects on Ravelry. I’ve known I wanted to knit it since it appeared in Knitty two years ago.
But what yarn? I needed enough for a long scarf, since this is a style you want to wrap and let hang. So many possibilities … a fingering weight … a drapey smooth fiber … a larger gauge … the scarf could become so many things based on that one decision. I couldn’t settle.
And then, as so often happens, a trip loomed. I needed a project I could knit on the plane, while talking with relatives, anytime, anywhere — and one that I would be in no danger of finishing in a week no matter how much time I devoted to it. I needed this scarf. And under the pressure of necessity, I found the yarn I could devote to it — three skeins of alpaca-wool blend in a beguiling blue-green twist (you can just make out the green flickering through in the above photo) that I had bought on sale in my first year as a knitter. Ravelry projects in similar yarns convinced me that 430 yards would make a scarf of generous length.
It only took two or three runs through the simple chart for me to memorize the pattern. I could set it down and pick it up at any time with no trouble knowing what come next. I knit it in class, I knit it with students, I knit it on warm days out by the fountain, and by the end, I was so enamored of its simplicity, lacey gorgeousness, and mesmerizing color that I knit it any time I could. I never wanted it to end.
The scarf is stunning. But this is one of those cases where nothing can compare to the pleasure I received from making it, stitch by stitch, eyelet by eyelet, zig by zag. If I find another yarn I’m similarly passionate about, I’ll have another one on the needles before the season is out.