I’m so happy to share this one. It started out as a gift certificate from my sister (is she awesome or what?), so I utterly splurged on some Handmaiden yarn – Swiss Mountain Sea Sock in a gorgeous olive-burgundy-turquoise colourway. It’s kind of a chameleon – subtle in dim light, then the silk becomes intense and shiny in the sunlight. It has amazing drape, only added to with the beads (too much of a good thing? I don’t think so!).
Odonata is the genus label for the dragonflies that inspired this design – the middle section has a stitch pattern reminiscent of scales, and the ends are lacy wings with beads adding even more sparkle to the silk.
This wide scarf uses one full skein of Swiss Mountain Sea Sock (440 yds/400 m) and is worked from the middle out (using a provisional cast-on) to have the stitch patterns in the same directions at the ends. Optional seed beads are added to the final 5 repeats of the lace pattern for extra sparkle, and the techniques section of the pattern has pictures showing how to add the beads. The shaping in the middle Scale Pattern is on the right side only, the Lace Pattern is worked on both sides. The final ends of the scarf are completed using a lace edging pattern worked sideways with beads on the tips.
Skills used: provisional cast-on, knitting and purling through the back loop and together with other stitches, 3 stitch decreases (sk2p, sp2p), yarn overs, working horizontal edging together with the main piece (“knitted on”).
A 5 page downloadable pdf pattern, includes written and charted instructions for all patterns, multiple pictures, and a step-by-step section on how to add beads.