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Oswin | Crochet

Pattern: Oswin by Bernadette Ambergen. This was a fantastic design which combined a lacy, ambling pineapple edging with a sturdy scarf body in a pattern which was enjoyable and fun to crochet! The chart was easy to follow, and after some time, easy to remember by heart (written instructions were also provided, but I didn’t use them).

Yarn: Lana Grossa Lace Lux, #21, almost 3 skeins, approximately 900 yards. The color is a spectacular light turquoise which proved impossible to capture with either my phone or my camera. This is the best I can do after a lot of tweaking in Lightroom.

I went with the exact yarn recommended in the pattern because I couldn’t figure out a good substitute, and I’m glad I did! This yarn is 67% rayon and 33% merino, but has the sheen and halo of those silk-mohair blends. It’s an excellent substitute if you want the mohair yarn look, but no the mohair-ness. Now that I’ve worked with it, I think Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light would be a good substitute for the Lace Lux in this pattern.

Hook and finished size: size F/4.0mm by Clover, from my favorite crochet hook set; scarf is 20.5″ deep and 90″ across! That’s quite long for me: I usually prefer scarves and shawls which are between 60-70″.

I was quite charmed by this pattern, and really look forward to crocheting more designs by Bernadette – check them out! Mila looks like a good choice to me!

Some WIPs

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in here, but I have been knitting and crocheting a bit despite my silence, and posting some pics on my Instagram! Please click through to read a bit about my current WIPs and almost-FOs!

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Intricate and delicate, Champagne Bubbles Brioche Lace Scarf

Here it is, my very first two-color brioche project, with bonus! lace.

Pattern: Champagne Bubbles Brioche Lace Scarf by Nancy Marchant, from the Vogue Knitting online store. I knit it without modifications.

This pattern is more than a pattern, and well worth the $7 price tag. In addition to actual knitting instructions for this scarf, there is an article/picture tutorial about two-color brioche knitting with lace. There are also detailed instructions about brioche-stitch abbreviations and working basic decreases. Really, it’s a great primer and has everything you need to get started on your own brioche adventure.

I did heavily use Nancy Marchant’s Knitting Fresh Brioche book throughout this project, especially for cast-on and cast-off instructions. It is an invaluable resource. Here’s my book review from last year.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Black Velvet and Rose, about 65 grams (less than 1 skein) of each color (the finished scarf weighs 135 grams). Very lovely yarn for this project. In brioche knitting, the main color – the lighter Rose, in this case – really takes center stage. I want to knit another project where Black Velvet is the star, because it’s a gorgeous colorway that only got to play the “background” role here.

Needles: Addi Turbo circs, US 7. The finished dimensions of the scarf are 68″ x 13″.

It took a little while for me to master the two-color brioche technique, but I’m so glad I took the time. Once I could “read” my knitting, and know where to pick up my knitting after setting it down, I really enjoyed making all those intricate, loopy, tangled stitches. I think a single-ply yarn worked really well in this project, the fabric is soft and drapey, and the stitches are so nicely defined. Would knit again!