UPDATED 7.9.15: Congratulations to winner Laura! Laura, check your email. ----------------------------
As promised, dear readers, a score of vacation-inspired patterns are coming your way during the remaining weeks of summer. I've been hard at work on all sorts of projects (lace, cables, Fair Isle, oh my!) and am excited to share the first with you!
The Elkmont Scarf is inspired by the bougainvillea we saw blooming everywhere while walking in the woods and camping at the Elkmont Campgrounds in Tennessee. Knit in Alchemy Yarns of Transformation's thick and thin Rustico yarn (a 100% hand dyed silk bulky weight) in pink tourmaline, this yarn was a pleasure to knit with and definitely brought to mind the delicate blossoms. I've always been a fan of Alchemy's fibers and colors and this particular colorway is gorgeous.
I love scarves, but if I'm going to design or knit one, I want something that keeps my interest and has an interesting chart to follow. This was a really fun pattern to knit up and worked up quickly on US 10.5 needles. I always thought that knitting cables was the closest thing to sculpting with yarn and the texture of the criss-crossing combined with the picot edges keeps the design captivating. I've also color-coded the cable chart to make it easier to keep track of which way the cables cross with a quick glance rather than fumbling with your needles, yarn, cable needle and pattern pages.
What I like about this silk yarn is that it doesn't stretch like crazy like bamboo might, it can be worn year round and this is one of my favorite colors. Bright pink looks great in the warm months and will certainly cheer you up in the cooler ones when everything turns to gray.
The Elkmont Scarf is available for download here.
Now for the giveaway! Answer the following trivia question in the comments (contest is open to readers worldwide) correctly to be entered in for a chance to win a copy of the pattern. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday and contacted by me via email:
What type of flower does saffron come from?
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