In the magazine: Crest of the Wave Scarf

Hi friends,

Most of you will have received your November issue by now, so I don’t think I’m ruining any surprises by talking about the knitting pattern that you’ll find on page 149. Isn’t it lovely?

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Photography, Ryan Brook. Layout, Chris Bond.

This lace scarf was designed by Toronto knitting teacher, writer and technical editor Kate Atherley. The simple pattern is easy to memorize and results in a beautiful end product. Kate even provided a page of helpful hints to help novice lace knitters decipher the pattern. I think it’s a perfect candidate for your first lace project – or to add to your list of Christmas presents to make!

The project takes one skein of Cascade 220 – a 100 percent wool worsted weight yarn. We like it because it comes in dozens of brilliant colours. And at 220 yards per 100 grams, you get great value for your dollar.

Cascade 220 is widely available in Canada (here’s a list of Canadian retailers, always call ahead), but if you can’t find it in a store nearby, I’d recommend substituting Patons’ Classic Wool. This recently relaunched product is also a 100 percent wool worsted weight yarn that comes in a wide range of colours; and at 210 yards per 100 grams, it’s also a really good deal. And, of course, it’s also available across the country.

If you can’t find either of these yarns, or if you’d like to make something with a more luxurious feel, consider changing the type of wool (for example, 100 per cent merino wool might be less “itchy”) or even looking for a completely different fibre. Keep in mind that changing the fibre will likely change the look and feel of the finished product; if you’re in doubt, ask the owner or one of the employees of your friendly local yarn store to help you make a substitute.

If you’d like to learn more about yarn substitution, I’d recommend checking out The Knitter’s Book of Wool and The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes. They’re excellent resources, and packed with beautiful projects, too. (Clara also writes Knitter’s Review, a weekly online knitting magazine. She’s a dynamo!)

Happy knitting!