Head in the Clouds Scarf

Head in the Clouds ScarfHead in the Clouds Scarf by Carol Huebscher Rhoades, from Knitting Traditions Spring 2016

Head in the Clouds Scarf detailThe original instructions for this “Veil, Knitted in an Open Diamond Pattern, with Vine Leaf Pattern Border” recommend a very fine wool lace yarn and 000 (1.5 mm) needles for a veil with 21 scallops along the bottom. Like many Weldon’s patterns, this project can easily be adapted for larger needles and other yarns. With the fine kid mohair and silk yarn suggested here, the veil becomes an ethereal cloudlike head covering that could also be worn as a shoulder warmer or scarf.

Interestingly, the original pattern used only right-slanting decreases for the Vine Leaf border but had mirror-image left- and right-leaning decreases for the diamond motif. I wonder if the veil was constructed by combining pattern structures from two different sources. If so, they were combined very cleverly to flow smoothly from one pattern to the other. I found two errors in the original instructions and have corrected them here.

Elegant, lightweight, and warm, this lacy cloud is timelessly stylish.

Finished Size 18″ wide and 57″ long.

Yarn Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk; 330 yd [300 m]/0.88 oz [25 g]): #2035 fog, 2 skeins (see Notes).

Needles Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 21 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in Open Diamond chart patt.

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