Release the Ripple!

ripple scarf

Hello there!

NB:  This post was originally written and due to be posted a while back, so some time references may not make sense.  Those of you who follow my FB page will know the tiny but feisty reason for this and, I hope, forgive me. Enjoy xx

I'm very excited because today is the day I release the pattern for the ripple lace scarf to you.  And, possibly most exciting of all.... it's FREE!

I wanted to share something with all of those who are choosing to come on this journey with me, reading my blogs and joining in the conversations on here, Facebook, and Instagram.  With Christmas already behind us, and the cold weather set to stay, what better item for a selfish knit than a gorgeous scarf?

My scarf has been a long time coming as, like many of you, I've focused instead on crafty making for other people for Christmas, but on Christmas Eve I cast it on and voila!  Here it is!

I had originally used a standard feather and fan stitch for my scarf but I just wasn't in love with how broad the pattern was; it seemed lost on a narrow scarf but my gorgeous yarn was too good for plain stripes.  After hours of hunting on Pinterest and Ravelry and finding nothing that really spoke to me and said: "Your yarn needs to grow up to be me!" I decided to have a play at designing my own.
Those seasoned knitters among you will recognise the lace as based upon the feather and fan / old shale lace patterns.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, this lace uses decreases to pinch the knitting in tight, creating a dip, and yarn overs to create the holes and fan the knitting out again to the original number of stitches, so essentially you're creating a pattern of peaks and troughs, although slightly prettier and more gently undulating than that!

close-up of the lace detail

The same principle applied here is applied in Lucy of Attic 24's incredibly popular Neat Ripple pattern for a crochet blanket.  By using decreases she creates the troughs, and then by working extra stitches into the next few gaps, she creates the peaks.  If you haven't come across Lucy's blog yet, I'd say it's well worth a look and the Neat Ripple pattern makes for some gorgeous blankets.  But I digress - look out for my post reviewing Lucy's blanket pattern later on.

Back to the scarf.

I've used a DK acrylic weight yarn and, I must confess, I didn't buy the yarn with the pattern in mind.  It was very much a case of saw it, wanted it, worried about what it would make later.  Yarn is an incredibly joyous thing - it can bring joy just by looking at it, without having to do anything more than that and after a tough day of work this yarn told me I needed to take it home.
raibow acrylic
As luck would have it, the yarn has an element of self-striping about it, although as you can see from the images, they're much softer blended stripes than you might expect from say a sock yarn.  The soft halo created by the loose twist of the yarn, combined with the pretty sheen, makes for a truly magical yarn that may remind you of mythical and magical things such as rainbows, unicorns and mermaids.  Gorgeous.

So for this yarn, I've managed to create a pattern that just so happened to work with the colour changes (I promise you that's more luck than judgement but hooray for me!) but I know how frustrating it is to have a colour-changing yarn and the changes happen in the middle of the rows, so what I have done for you lovely lot is show you how to change the width of the scarf to accommodate those colour changes but maintain the lace pattern.
I would advise against going narrower, personally, and I would definitely recommend doing a swatch to see how many stitches you get before a colour change so you can work out the best cast-on for you.

Any DK yarn would work - I recommend acrylic for this purely because it's easier to care for but of course work with whatever you like.  If you, like me, are smitten with this yarn, the lovely Florentina of Hop Stitch and Jumper has agreed to do online sales of this yarn and at just £2.30 a ball it's an absolute steal.  Plus, you get the added benefit of feeling virtuous because Hop Stitch and Jumper is run by the Symbol Trust - a charity dedicated to providing learning and working experience to young people with disabilities for whom mainstream opportunities just aren't available or accessible.  Dust off your halos people!  This is one selfish knit that really does give back!

So, thank you so very much for joining me on this crazy venture of mine.  I really do appreciate you all being here and chatting about all the crafty things with me and, as a subscriber, you will receive a PDF version of this pattern.  All that I ask is that you credit me as the designer if you share your projects on social media or on Ravelry, and that rather than sharing out the pattern yourselves, if you have friends who are interested in the pattern, point them back in this direction.  They will still of course get access to it for free if they subscribe but I'd really appreciate them popping by to have a look and see what I do.

Happy knitting!
Gemma

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