Beaded lace in Manos silk blend

beaded lace scarf 1

Yet another of one of my favorite pattern lines – Churchmouse Classics, this one is the English Mesh Lace Scarf. I liked the bead work – it’s hard to tell in the picture to the right, but the beads are placed only on the ends of the scarf – about ten inches or so up each end, then tapering off. This made the beading more “special” and kept the project from being too time-consuming (it adds a lot of time to incorporate the beads into your knitting!)

beaded lace scarf 2

I used the recommended US 7 needles and 2 skeins Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (color Bing Cherry (300M)). I think if I was to do this pattern again (and I probably will, since the lace is lovely and not too complicated or intricate) I would use a different yarn – the scarf came out very lightweight, almost too much so, like it doesn’t have a lot of substance to it. I’d like to try this with one of the Road to China yarns, perhaps, or something from Madelinetosh or Malabrigo.

beaded lace scarf 3

The beads recommended were from Mill Hill, and I had to order them online, but it was worth it because I first tried it with beads from our local craft store, and they didn’t work well – too small, even though the package said size 6. You also need an incredibly small crochet hook – very difficult to find, I finally located one when I was visiting Bainbridge Island and was able to go to Churchmouse Yarns & Teas (what a fabulous yarn shop!) They also have an excellent selection of Mill Hill beads in the shop.

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