It's almost the end of summer! It's amazing how fast this year is going, isn't it. We are currently in Sweden and enjoying the last of the long summer days and clear blue skies.
"Sweden?" I hear you ask. Yes, indeed! The borders were opened at the end of July so we rapidly organised flights to catch up with our daughter and son-in-law and meet our gorgeous new grandson, now 10 months old. And yes, he truly is gorgeous and I am, of course, only marginally biased about that! If you would like to see a photo of him from back in January, please click here.
I have also been enjoying knitting along with Anna and seeing her future projects taking shape. There's nothing quite like knitting with your daughter to bring a sense of normality back into the world. I hope everyone else reading this can enjoy similar moments with their families very soon.
In the meantime, I have been finishing up my latest pattern, the Darlington Lace Scarf & Wrap and it is now in my website shop here. The pattern includes instructions for three different sizes to give a slim scarf in two lengths or a lovely draping wrap which would be perfect to complete an evening ensemble.
The photos show me wearing the new wrap and I have to say I really love this. It is a perfect weight – warm enough to take the edge off a cool evening outside, yet with a soft silky drape that adds a special touch to any outfit.
It can worn draped elegantly over your shoulders for an evening at the theatre or a stroll along the embankment. However, it looks equally good if you wrap it around your neck for a little extra warmth!
The pattern also includes a slim scarf in two different lengths, which would give the perfect finishing touch to a casual jeans outfit.
All the items are worked in a beautiful reversible stitch, Darlington Lace, from our Reversible Knitting Stitches book. The stitch is light and airy with gently curving ribs separated by vertical bands of eyelets so it resembles a cool waterfall.
The top and lower borders feature a beautiful co-ordinating ribbed pattern which looks like a row of lily flowers. This gives extra interest to the ends and also adds a little extra weight, making them hang perfectly.
I worked the wrap shown here in a lovely dusky blue bamboo/merino yarn, but it would also look gorgeous in other colours. I could imagine this in a stunning white for a summer bridal party, or in a pale apricot to accent a holiday outfit.
Looking ahead to the winter too, I could see the scarves in a deep red colour or stunning Midnight Blue to drape under the lapels of a jacket for a holiday gathering.
If you would like more information about the Darlington Lace Scarf and Wrap, please see my website here. I hope you are enjoying the end of summer where you are and that you are all keeping well.
Until next time, Happy knitting!
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