Rivelin [Ravelry link] is the latest addition to my scarf and shawl collection. It is named after the Rivelin Rocks, the peaky straight up rock columns in South Yorkshire (once again, thank you, Karie, for coming up with the name).
Using soft mohair to knit geometrical shapes, the Rivelin scarf is an intuitive and ingenious project. Both ends of the scarf feature a beautiful lacy diamond pattern, whilst its body is knitted on the bias. You begin knitting the scarf with only 3 stitches that grow seamlessly into a triangle, with the stitch count increasing every other row. After reaching its full width, the scarf continues on the bias with lacy columns going parallel with its long edge.
As with many scarves with a short row repeat its length is completely customisable allowing you to maximise yardage.
Once you are happy with the length of your scarf, all that's left to do is work the second triangle to complete it. The triangles are practically a mirror image of one another and the stitch pattern for those is both written and charted so that you can work from whatever form of instructions you are most comfortable with.
A note on yarn - The scarf is worked in mohair lace on 4 mm needles. A very fine, soft and airy fibre with the most wonderful halo that kind of fills the gaps between the stitches as it's knitted up. When you knit such fine yarn on larger size needles, the fabric that's being produced is airy and lacy by its nature with an etherial look to it that's often associated with mohair lace. The result is simply gorgeous.
If you are feeling a little wary of knitting with mohair the pattern has some mohair knitting tips to make your [knitting] life easier. But due to the customisable nature of many scarves, it can be knitted in fibres other than mohair as well. You should expect its drape to change, as well as the size if you decide to substitute the yarn to anything other than mohair, but the stitch pattern is such that it will look great in smooth yarns as well.
This particular one was knitted in Temple Juniper by the Yarn Garden that was dyed specially for the Woolfest, I believe you can get in touch with George and Louise of the Yarn Garden to order your skein (did I mention that the whole 76 inch scarf only requires one skein of their mohair lace?) or get it as a kit from their stall at any fibre event in the UK.
- Difficulty Intermediate - knit, purl, lace knitting, simple decreases and increases, and finishing.
- Finished Measurements 76 in / 193 cm long and 12 in / 30.5 cm wide.
- Gauge Each diamond pattern repeat = 3 in wide and 3 ¾ in tall / 7.5 cm wide and 9.5 cm tall, after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge.
- Yarn Temple Juniper by Yarn Garden UK (72% kid mohair / 28% nylon; 50g / 500 yds / 457 m), in Silver Falls, 1 skein. The yarn amount may vary depending on the weight and type of the yarn you are using.
- Needles and Notions Size 4mm (US6) needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to get the correct gauge. Split marker or safety pin, tapestry needle.