Easy Lace Scarf using Mini Mochi

I was delighted when I came across the Easy Lace Scarf using Mini Mochi pattern designed by Melanie Lewis on The Crystal Palace website, as it was exactly what I was looking for.

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I used Mini Mochi and the specified 4.5mm needles (US 7) to knit the Easy Lace Scarf. The instructions were clearly written.

Knitting “On The Go”

I was looking for a lace scarf pattern that would be easy to knit as an “on the go” knitting project.

A project that could easily be carried with me and worked on while on days out, chatting with friends. Generally in places where I am not wanting to concentrate on reading the pattern, but want to be able to relax and enjoy the process of knitting.

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Difficulties Encountered

My first problem was that the chart wouldn’t print out for me, so I opted to use the written instructions instead. I could have taken the time to draw out the chart but I was in a rush and then just got used to working from the instructions.

My second issue was with the stated finished size and the required materials. I think it would have been helpful to say that the stated finished size was 8 inches x 60 inches before blocking is obtained using 2 balls of mini mochi. After I had finished my first ball of yarn, I had a scarf that measured 84 cm/33 inches in length.  This wasn’t going to be long enough. After I finished my second ball of yarn, the scarf measured 160 cm/62 inches long before blocking. The scarf in the photo shown in the pattern looks like it will be long enough using 1 ball of yarn, but actually, I am not convinced that it will be. This would be a problem if you didn’t have a second ball of yarn in the same colourway and dyelot.

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The third problem wasn’t to do with the pattern. It was to do with the long colour repeat of the yarn.  I didn’t want to be losing a long length of yarn so it meant that I didn’t get as nice a join between the two balls as I would have liked to have. I ended up with quite a sharp change in colour at my join. This was a choice that I had to make, required length or perfection.

 

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And The Yarn

Mini Mochi is a gorgeous self striping yarn. I particularly love how soft the single ply sock yarn feels both as a ball and after it has been knit. It is made up of 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. The yarn has a subtle halo after it has been knit. I used colourway 118 Blueberry Pancakes. Crystal Palace really know how to name their colourways. I couldn’t resist either the yummy name or the lovely shades of blue, lilac, sand and terracotta.

Blocking

I used my set of lace blocking wires to block this scarf. First it was gently washed in sudsy water, rinsed and the excess moisture removed by rolling it inside a towel.

I succeeded in having straight edges on the scarf and the ends have a pretty scalloped finish created by the lace pattern.

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Would I knit the Mini Mochi Easy Lace Scarf Again?

The finished scarf was even more beautiful that I had hoped for. I enjoyed knitting it. I would definitely knit the scarf again, although I’m not sure when. The problem being, that I have too many scarf patterns and ideas for scarf patterns that I want to knit. Finding the time to make them all, at least once, is the real challenge.

An Elegant Scarf

The Easy Lace Scarf is a very elegant scarf and a dream to wear.

 

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