Project Inspiration: Colina
You know we have trunk shows coming in and out of the shop- constantly. Pretty much every week we have new sets of garments on display. In this week's trunk show, a scarf caught my attention! It's absolutely gorgeous, and it's knit with the ultra-soft Vail (or Villa) so I honestly feel like I want to put it on and never ever take it off.
Colina is a lace scarf pattern that is available on its own as a download for $6. It uses 3 skeins of Vail or Villa- which is an affordable baby alpaca and bamboo blend that's one of the softest yarns you'll feel. Vail is $9 for the undyed, $18 for the hand dyed, and Villa is the same yarn in jewel tone colors for $11.50.
I love the size of Colina, and since it's so lightweight it's great to wear wide to keep the sun off your shoulders, or you can scrunch it up and wear it around your neck for a more casual style. I like that a scarf of this size can be made with just 3 skeins. So unless you have your heart set on one of Vail's hand dyed colorways- this project keeps your yarn budget in the $27 - $34.50 range. Not bad!
Experience knitting lace would be helpful for this project, but since the bulk of it is fairly simple stitch patterns- this would be an alright choice for someone who's newish to the lace knitting world. My recommendation? Use a lifeline and take notes of your rows, and you'll be fine!
Colina is worked in two identical halves, and then grafted together in the center using the kitchener stitch. I love how they incorporated the stockinette in the very middle, because that really helps simplify the grafting. It also gives the lace design a waterfall effect, starting with a leaf motif next to the stockinette and gradually transitioning to the more intricate patterns on the ends.