I did it! I made a lace brioche scarf!
Project: Rodekool de Kool
Designer: Nancy Marchant
Available: FREE! on Knitty.com
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi in #103
I totally enjoyed the challenge of this pattern! The FO is cozy, pretty, and impressive in a subtle way. I’ve already posted a rodekool video showing how I managed both the lacy and non-lacy rows. As I mentioned before, it took a lot of focus to get through this pattern. I found I couldn’t work on it and chat at the same time. Ultimately it’s a small project though, so despite my need for silence and privacy to work on it, I did get it done.
I was really, really good this week, and only cast on one new project! 🙂
For a while I’ve had Rodekool in my queue — it’s so interesting-looking, plus I’ve always wanted to try a pattern using brioche stitch. I visited a new-to-me LYS last week on a field trip with my knitting group, and I picked up the ball of Mini Mochi I needed to make this pattern.
Lately when I go yarn shopping, I troll through my queue ahead of time, and choose a project in each weight of yarn that I’m likely to buy. That way if I see some yarn I love while at the LYS, I know how much to get. It prevents some “oh pretty” purchases, and means I do eventually get yarn for at least some of the patterns I’ve queued. On this trip, I also picked up Mirasol Nuna for a Greenery Beret — yum! I did not find the right lace-weight for My Heaven, alas.
I cast on for my very own Rodekool on Wednesday, and the first few rows took every single ounce of my concentration. I have not be so challenged by a pattern in a long time! I think perhaps my first go at brioche need not have been combined with lace … but I did master the pattern, and by the third or fourth time through the lace brioche pattern repeat, I understood the underlying logic of the stitches and was motoring right along. I’m enjoying the knit, and the developing scarflet is gorgeous.