Thursday, 2 June 2011
Princess Royal's Scarf
This is easy and quick to knit. The pattern is from Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine, March, 1856, page 264 (http://books.google.com/books?id=R8dMAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA264&dq=godey%27s+princess+royal%27s+scarf+1856&hl=en&ei=njzoTZHOBYbZgQfql7SoAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false)
The technique is similar to the Sortie Cap in that it is striped and stitches are dropped and pulled to create the lacy effect. I did a swatch to estimate the length based on the image in Godey's and one that would fit me, ultimately adding 64 to the original 130 stitches.
The original pattern did not specify the weight of the wool but did state "No. 15" sized needles (modern equivalent is 1.75mm/00US. After experimenting with the smaller needles and working my way up to a size which gave me that lacy effect in the image, I ended up with 4.50mm/7US needles - quite a difference. I also did not like the "tassels" in the original image, which looked like fuzzy plants of some sort and opted, instead, for the stranded style.
The wool is Knit Picks Palette in Blush and Silver, using one skein of each, with about a third of both left over.