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!)
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.
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.Pin It