In the running

Once you play with Sea Silk, you can’t help but go back again and again. I inherited this particular skein in the straw colorway from Ms. Bestitched, and I’m hoping it’s destined for the same kind of success as a former hand-me-down.

Yesterday I decided that with two pairs of socks nearing completion, it was time to cast-on some lace. I gathered my multitude of books and patterns, and started what may seem like a daunting task: finding a pattern for a single skein of Sea Silk, which contains only a modest 438 yards.

I knew it wasn’t a hopeless search, however. My Melon scarf came out the perfect size for me, and I wear it quite frequently! There had to be other patterns out there that would work well as a small rectangular or square scarf (at the moment I’m tired of triangular shawls, it seems).

After a few hours, I had chosen the winner, and cast on immediately (three times, but we’ll get into that later). For the sake of suspense, I won’t tell you which pattern I ended up choosing. Instead, consider for yourself all the beautiful options below – it’s no secret that even a single skein of Sea Silk is a true luxury, and yet the amount is quite versatile. Perhaps you’d also like to speculate which one caught my eye? 🙂


From Victorian Lace Today: A curved shawl (the only non-rectangular pattern I considered), Scarf with striped border, and Scarf with Clarence Border.


Lacy Serpentine Scarf by HeartStrings Fiber Arts; Fern Path Stole by Alpaca with a Twist; Sarcelle by Knitters Anonymous; Rippling Waters Scarf by Fiddlesticks Knitting.


The center panel of the Raku Suri Stole by the Alpaca Yarn Co., bordered by a petal-like motif. I spotted some suitable motifs in the Dewdrops Pullover from A Gathering of Lace, the pi shawl from Shawls and Scarves: The Best of Knitter’s Magazine, and Shaped Triangle from A Gathering of Lace.


From Victorian Lace Today: Scarf with fir cone lace border, Scarf with edging 21 and insertion 25, and Dolphin lace scarf.


51 thoughts on “In the running

  1. Kristy

    Oh, what a beautiful yarn portrait! I have no idea which pattern you chose, but thanks for sharing all of the possibilities 🙂

  2. Cara

    Looking forward to seeing what you decided – I’ve got four skeins of SeaSilk in the same gold colorway. I’m saving it for something truly special.

  3. Vickie

    I am getting hooked on socks and lace. I have made three and am in the process of making a fourth lace scarf. It’s an extremely simple pattern with an 8 row repeat. Very basic appeals to me since I am so new at this. All the above pictures are lovely. I have a question. My hubby bought me a skein of Merino Lace. It has 1375 yards or it’s 100 gms. What do I do with it? It’s my favorite color-green and I want to make something for myself. Is that enough yardage to make something like those pictures? Can you suggest something? I really haven’t got a clue what to do with this stuff.

  4. Christy / Not Hip

    I just touched Sea Silk for the first time last week, and I think I’m hooked (I haven’t even knitted with it yet). Hmmm I’m not sure what you picked, but I’m a fan of Scarf with edging 21 and insertion 25…even though it’s name isn’t very inventive.

  5. miss ewe

    Thanks for the research!!! I have a precious single skein of that on hold, just waiting for the perfect inspiration, plus something that is appropriate for the yardage… I see several here I will contemplate!

  6. melissa

    i am working on a shawl (actually, the clementine shawlette from the new interweave) with the same colorway of sea silk. it is knitting up beautifully. i can’t wait to see what you make with yours!

  7. Ashley

    Oooh, I LOVE Raku Suri. The gauge looks way off though, so I don’t think you picked it–although doing the math _would_ be right up your alley!

  8. Cindy in Oregon

    Lacy Serpentine or Rippling waters would probably be my choice.

    I LOVE my Sea Silk Lace Wings shawl. The local knitting guild has a yarn shop hop coming up and we’ll be visiting the only local shop that sells Sea Silk. I just know I’m not going to be able to leave there without a new skein — or two!


  9. Brenda

    I’ve made the scarf with the striped border from VLT in Sea Silk, and I got bored, so I’m thinking you won’t choose that one, as you are a much more advanced lace knitter. The Clarence border is really neat with double YOs for very large holes, and it works with the shown body or the diamond insertion, so I think that a more likely bet. It is also very different from the Melon scarf. Otherwise I would guess the Rippling Water Scarf as it is intricate, pretty and not very large or the scarf with edging 21 and insertion 25. Aren’t the names in VLT lame for blogging purposes? I understand the point of them in terms of the historical nature of the patterns, but they are a blogging nightmare.

    Looking forward to seeing your choice!

  10. Linda

    You just made me add Sea Silk to my wishlist. All the patterns are lovely, but I’d have to go with Curved Shawl.

  11. hdw

    Oh my god…any of them are to beautiful for words! I am just now nearinf completion of my first big lace project and I have to say it is quite addicting……I love it! I can’t wait to see what you choose!!!!

  12. Ginny

    What a nice collection of scarves and shawls! I’ve been tempted to try a lace project and when I do I’ll have to come back to this post to start my pattern research. I’m really liking the Rippling Waters Scarf – that’ll be my guess.

  13. mari

    I looked for the most complicated looking one and so I’m going with the Raku Suri Stole. Knowing you, you’d go for a challenge!

  14. Sarah

    Oh, you vile temptress, you! You know I have finished my latest lace and need to choose my next. I thought it was hard enough without seeing all of these lovely options. I cannot even hazard a guess at what you have chosen when I sit here with lace-free needles.

  15. Kristin

    I have started the Shaped Triangle shawl, and I must say so far I’m really enjoying it. The center triangle is quite simple, and I’ve mostly been able to memorize the repeat. I love the way it looks so far, and I keep stretching it out and staring at it.

  16. diana

    Dang it all, you’ll make something beautiful out of it. Ah well, it was meant to be yours. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  17. Teresa C

    I know it is the curved shawl from Victorian Lace, because you always knit just the thing I want to knit right before I knit it.

  18. Marisa

    The Sea Silk color is very pretty – and such a hard pattern decision you have. I’m currently plugging away at VLT’s curved shawl and can’t wait to have it finished!

  19. Misty

    Ooh, you are making me jealous! I am teaching a class in return for some sea silk (being held hostage until the end of the class, naturally).

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    As for choosing? I don’t presume to know you well enough. But I’m sure, whatever you choose, it will be beautiful.

  20. Marianne

    Can’t wait to see what you choose ! Even in the Netherlands people ared curious ! I have some Sea Silk waiting in Antique and made the

    Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl out of 1 skein in Amethyst. Even made more repeats with it then the pattern called for…

  21. jpt

    Lacy Serpentine looks a good match for Sea Silk–all that negative space really lets the yarn’s luminescent qualities come to the fore. I’m working a 21/25 right now in Lavold Silky Wool–not bad for repetitive, mindless knitting, but certainly not outright fun as the Swallowtail Shawl was.

  22. Amber

    Hi there! I am a first time commenter but have been reading for about a month. 🙂 Thank you so much for your post on all the possibilities for a small amount of yarn! I just started spinning and now I have a lot of options. I just bought the Lacy Serpentine Scarf because it will be perfect for some handspun. Thanks again!

  23. Rebecca

    Ooooh, I was thinking of trying the scarf with the striped border or scarf with edging 21 from VLT with seasilk (I’ve never used it before). I hope it’s one of these so I can see how it turns out!

  24. Ruth

    I am thinking Sarcelle, since it is patterned on both sides and will therefore strike you as interesting (read “difficult”), and it is also simple and elegant.

    I’ve been attracted to that straw color, too. I think it’s lovely.

    I’ve been making the Clementine Shawlette with a single skein of Sea SIlk. It’s nearly done — pictures on my blog within a few days.

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