This scarf has a very unusual construction – it’s knit on the bias, which makes it look awful until it’s blocked (thus the name of the pattern, referring to how it looks “before” being blocked, and “after). I wanted to knit a lightweight, summer scarf in a neutral color that could be paired with pretty much anything to dress it up a little.
I liked the simplicity of the Before & After pattern, and the feel of the lace weight yarn – Anzula Mermaid (60% sea cell, 40% silk) in color Au Natural. I used only one skein, and at 700 yards, I had plenty left over.
I knit on US 5s, which is different than the pattern calls for, but gave the nicest texture and drape when the yarn was knit up. Also, I knit only to 80″ long (instead of the 94″ called for by the pattern, because that was just way too long for the way I wanted to be able to wear the scarf). And, since both the pattern and the yarn were so simple, I opted for a little embellishment on the ends – 6/0 crystal EarthFaire beads.
As the pattern indicated, blocking was important, so I followed the instructions exactly and am very pleased with the results.