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Here is another very enticing piece by Ilga Leja from her International Year of the Scarf Collection.

Called Bermuda, this one uses the lovely properties of short rows to create a very intriguing look.

Here is how Ilga describes it:

"Combine the magic of short rows with the changing colours of a gently self-striping yarn to create a scarf that is evocative of this island garden. Its colours reflect the crystal clear waters of a Bermudian sea with its shoals and reefs, its waves washing up onto a coral beach, while pastel-coloured houses line the shore.

"Follow the pattern to create a scarf as pictured. Or, once you have grasped the concept of the scarf’s construction, place your short-row sections as you like and design a scarf that is uniquely yours."

This scarf (actually large enough to maybe pass for a shawl) is a great way to play around with the idea of short rows. Using garter stitch and adding a few rows of eyelet lace, the sense of movement is emphasized. Ilga mentions the look of cascading ocean waves - you can really see it in the detail photo that is the first one below.

She also used a self-striping yarn with a long color repeat for this design. The blue-toned one to the upper right here (and a few more photos below) shows it done in a Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. She also did a lovely pink-toned one, photos below, using Kauni Effktgarn. You can see that each if somewhat different; and each is quite strikingly lovely.

What you want is about 765 yards (approximately 700m) of fingering or sport weight yarn to make a piece that is 66" (167 cm) along the top edge x 23" (57 cm) deep.

What is really intriguing is that there are no straight edges in this scarf -- it is all movement and rhythm. You can see that in the last photo below.

Quite something, isn't it?


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