:: Charity Knitting Pattern (donation info at end of article) ::
This scarf knitting pattern with its wavy lace edge reminds me of the ocean.
Knitwear Designer Wendy Neal originally made this scarf in a Sahara-sand, pale reddish brown color. But I imagine this shawl in a lovely ocean blue turquoise colored yarn.
This triangular, crescent-shaped scarf is worked from the bottom-edge up. By just looking at, I would definitely classify this scarf as advanced, but when I examined at the actual pattern, I came to the happy conclusion that it is actually quite easy to make.
I presume you already know the basics of knitting: how to purl and knit. etc..
Estonian Cluster Stitch
There is one stitch here in this pattern that I consider to be beyond the basics. And this new stitch that you will learn is called the Estonian cluster stitch. Sounds sophisticated. Looks sophisticated. But you basically simply knit 3 stitches together. Then, don’t slip stitches from the left needle. Instead, take your yarn over, and knit these same 3 stitches together again. And only then do you slip stitch them off of left needle. Easy.
Here are some demonstration videos on how to knit Estonian cluster stitches.
Yarn for Lace Scarves
The yarn used in the knitting pattern is Love Elizabeth Bennet, which is a soft sock yarn (fingering weight yarn). It is a blend of merino, bamboo rayon, and silk.
I don’t have access to that particular yarn here, but I did find this Paton yarn, that I can easily buy online, that is a blend of 70% Bamboo/30% Silk. I think will be perfect for my kind-a scarf, as it is a bit thicker yarn.
For the pattern you’ll need 450 yds/411m of yarn, which translates into 5 skeins of Paton yarn which is 2.2 ounces, 65 grams, 102 yards, 93 meters per skein.
However, if you like your knitted scarves to become very fine, consider this delicious Noro yarn instead. It has in fantastic colors. NORO Taiyo Sock #10 Cotton Silk Wool Spring Yarn, which is 100 grams / 3.5 oz / 420 m / 459 yards, per skein.
This Taiyo sock yarn by Noro is a fingering weight, self-striping blend of Cotton, Silk, Wool and Nylon – a great choice for summer weight scarves, socks and other lightweight garments and accessories.
You can probably get away with just 1 skein of this yarn to make the shawl.
Oh, this is what I LOVE about knitting and crochet: you can find a pattern and follow it, and meanwhile make something totally different and unique by your mere choices of needle size, yarn and detailing.
Knitting with a Heart
Now here’s the best thing about this scarf, that actually I love the most. Wendy named this knit scarf Demalangeni, after a darling orphan girl she met in Swaziland, Africa. As this knitting pattern is offered free, perhaps you could donate the $7 you are saving yourself to Beyond Survival, an organization that helps poor, HIV infected orphans ~ people like Demalangeni.
About 46% of Swaziland is infected with HIV. There are more than150,000 orphans living in Swaziland due to HIV/AIDS.
Beyond Survival exists to provide a conduit and opportunity for people to live “beyond” just basic “survival” circumstances educationally, spiritually, financially, and medically.
Donating = DOING GOOD & Feeling Good
Wouldn’t it be nice if every time you wear this scarf, you have that wonderful feeling of doing something good in the world, and have a great story to share, whenever you get a compliment for wearing it?!!
Here is where you make your donation: BeyondSurvival.
Have a great weekend, all!
The free lace scarf knitting pattern is here: http://www.ravelry.com/dl/wendys-knitch/176224?filename=Demalangeni_082312.pdf
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