FO: Down Among the Dunes

Quite some time ago, I made an over-sized Morning Surf scarf from multiple shades of a Colourmart cashmere scrap set of laceweight in blues and greens – A Tumult of Waves.

7 shades of yarn, used in pairs

It was rapidly rehomed and I always promised myself a replacement. Down Among the Dunes takes its inspiration from the shore, rather than from the sea, and is made from the Cashmere/Silk/Merino blend yarn. Like its earlier counterpart, the yarn is held doubled and the shades changed one at a time.

  • Cast on Date: 19 September, 2008 (!)
  • Cast on: You got me there…
  • Pattern: Morning Surf Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
  • Pattern Price: Free
  • Yarn: Colourmart
    • Quality: Cashmere/silk/merino
    • Weight: 2/28 NM laceweight (held double)
    • Length: (tbc)
    • Amount: (tbc)
    • Cost: (tbc)
    • Colour: 7 shades of neutrals and apricot
  • Needles: 4.00mm bamboo straights
  • Stitches: 96
  • Pattern Repeats: (tbc)
  • Blocked: yes
  • Finished Size: 72″ by 22″
  • Cast Off: standard
  • Cast Off Date:6 June, 2010
  • Ravelry Project: Down Among the Dunes
Unplanned colour changes

I used shades from pure white, though ivory and cream, to apricot – and a rather singular (but lovely) greenish gold. I deliberately did not make the ends match, although I knew that I wanted to work light at the centre and shading outward to dark at the ends.

Not matchy-matchy

I was very uncertain at times about the apricot element. I’m still not sure, though it does look better now it is weighed at both ends. I was definitely more successful in the shading at the end than I was at the beginning.

The individual threads in the loops are very distinct

This wrap was not as successful as its earlier counterpart – the pure cashmere has the necessary “cling”, whereas the silky yarn used this time tends to maintain the desire to be a single thread. The end result is far loopier and far more likely to snag.

Which is not to deny the piece its loveliness…

Really quite lovely, especially with the copper shawl pin (by Romi)

This wrap began life some time ago – I picked it up again as a WIP entry to the Colourmart Lovers competition. It had about 6 repeats on it when I started again.


  1. July 9, 2010

    Wow. Your pieces are always incredible, and there always seems to be a new one every few days. Thank you for sharing.

  2. July 11, 2010

    That is gorgeous… I need to get a sraps set I think. Looks fantastically fabulous!

  3. sophiphi137
    July 30, 2010

    This is really one of the loveliest shawls that I have ever seen. It is a pattern that I must admit that I wouldn’t usually have paid much attention too, but with your use of colour it is truly exquisite!

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