FO: Icing scarf in Shimmer

When I blocked this scarf it reminded me so strongly of a crocodile in both shape and colour, not to mention the reticulated pattern, that I instantly renamed the project to Never Smile.

Pattern: Icing by Samantha Roshak
Yarn: Knit Picks Shimmer in Fennel

  • £6.95 for 50g
  • 440 yards
  • 70% alpaca 30% silk

Notes: I modified the scarf by including one extra width increase repeat and extended the centre sections by a total of 20 rows. The scarf used 34 grams, which comes out to pretty much exactly 300 yards

Fundamentally the perfectly understated accessory – I cannot imagine that any wardrobe would not benefit from one or more Icing scarves.

The simplicity of the pattern gives an ideal vehicle for showing off a really glam yarn. A little sparkle would work nicely, either in the yarn or with added beads – and any kind of texture can be highlighted. I imagine a scrunchy crisp linen or cotton would be wonderful, but so would a soft and fluffy fibre -  Kidsilk Haze springs to mind… I know that I have a marvellous grey alpaca that would benefit from a little Icing. The good news is that it works well with variegated yarns and will knit up just as well in a heavier yarn as it does in laceweight, going up a couple of needle sizes.

There will be more Icings in my future – it’s a perfect stash-busting project as well as a great pattern for using up small amounts of leftover yarn. Icing would make a great gift so any skein of yarn that uses less than half to make the pattern would give one for the knitter and one for a friend. I am pretty sure I could have made two standard size scarves from my skein, had I wanted to – that’s £3.50 each. In alpaca and silk! Think of the Christmas giving possibilities!

Icing is easy to knit and quickly memorised. Great TV or travel knitting, and perfect for resting between sessions on something more taxing. I knitted mine over a 6 day period but there were 3 days in there when I did not touch it. Icing could certainly be made in 2 days of concentrated work.

I have already started a second Icing – it seems to be the ideal project to have at hand for those knitting moments when nothing else fits the space available. I’m using the yarn left over from this year’s Show scarf – and already eyeing up other leftovers and queuing them.

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October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


    • September 11, 2011

      I’m sceptical – I still think Crunchie wants to be something ultra-simple

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