A New Lace Scarf……….

Way back in January 2012, I submitted a design to a publisher for a Seaman style scarf featuring lace in combination with the ribbed neck. The best of two worlds I thought ~ lovely lace for most of the scarf, the part that everyone sees, and a ribbed neck to help keep the scarf in place while keeping the back of your neck warm. And I was pleased when the publisher told me they liked it too and commissioned the design.

Lace One-Skein WondersToday I am really happy to tell you that my scarf design ~ Menat Scarf ~ and the book ~ Lace One-Skein Wonders ~ have been released to the wilds of the knitting world! The book is part of the “One-Skein Wonders” series edited by Judith Durant. Each book features 101 projects to knit or crochet, using just one skein of yarn. I love the concept of designs for a single skein ~ we knitters always seem to have single skeins of yarn left from other projects or we saw that 100g plus skein of awesome sock or lace yarn we just had to have.

Lace One-Skein Wonders has projects for everyone ~ there are scarves, cowls, mitts, hats, baby items, home items, socks and accessories like headbands and belts. And for those who haven’t begun their holiday gift knitting (many of us I think), you’ll find projects in this book that can be completed with time left over. Scattered throughout the book you’ll find tips, hints and tricks to help make your lace projects work up smoothly and look great.

So what are my favorite designs in this lovely book? Oohh, that’s a hard question. 🙂 There are several I want to make ~ Butterflies Are Free is a very clever scarf that my sister-in-law would love, one sister would enjoy the Travel Worthy Mitts, another would appreciate the Ostrich Plumes Scarf and another sister (yep-there are 4 of us) would like the Lacy Legs legwarmers.

Menat Scarf Lace One-Skein Wonders

Photo by (c) Geneve Hoffman, from Lace One-Skein Wonders, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

And of course there is my own Menat Scarf. Would it be cheating to knit the same scarf for everyone, in each of their favorite colors? Menat features a unique lace pattern that is easy to work and memorize. The yarn I used for Menat Scarf is Brooks Farm Yarns Acero. It’s a blend of superwash wool, silk and viscose that I really like and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Here’s a couple photos I took of my sample scarf……….

Menat with scarf ring Menat stitch detail

Whatever you knit from Lace One-Skein Wonders ~ have fun and enjoy your project!

Happy Knitting ~ Jean