This is one of the most unusual and interesting patterns I have seen in a very long time!
I have said it before and I repeat it now -- Lucy Neatby is a knitting genius. Here is how she describes her creation:
"Here is a spiralling, frilly, short-row extravaganza, peppered with picots for extra pizzaz!"
And again: "If you are looking for entertaining, carry-around size seasonal knitting, you might consider this project."
Wowee and zounds and all the cartoon exclamations! I couldn't have said it better.
This is a fun scarf to make. And what is even better is that you can basically use any yarn you like.
You will need between 50 g and 100g of yarn. Hand-painted, printed or space dyed give the most dramatic results. We highly recommend any of our fingering weight yarns as perfect for this but you can go with just about any weight or type of yarn to superb results -- there are directions for yarns that are sport/DK or finer, and directions for sport/DK and heavier. Lucy covers all the bases.
And this is a pattern which lends itself well to the addition of beads. Choose the size that will fit onto the yarn, thread them on, and on every little picot you can have a dazzling glistening little bead to catch the light.
This is an amazing pattern. To be honest, I found it confusing to begin with and when I read ahead I got very mixed up. But I emailed Lucy and was reassured -- when I followed her advice to go go ahead and start and that it would make sense when I was actually doing it, I found that it all made sense and was a joy to make. This is probably the only pattern I've done where it is actually better not to read ahead.
Such an interesting and unique way to knit.
So shed those doldrums and try knitting Sea Lettuce!
Take a look at the third photo on this page -- we had taken a photo when I was in the midst of my own personal Sea-Lettuce-in-progress using Louet's Bonnie yarn in the colorway they call Firecracker (the second photo here). I am thrilled with how it all came out. Unfortunately Louet stopped making Bonnie so we can't recommend that for this design but any yarn with a long color repeat lends itself wonderfully to this design.
Actually any yarn at all -- solid, short variegations, long -- this is a wonderful scarf to make. It will keep your interest and wrap you in warmth when need be.
And take a look at the newest idea -- a Sea Lettuce scarf done in Yang, from SWTC. The photo is the fifth -- the one in violet. Wow! That is some scarf!
This is a great project -- it grows almost organically and is wonderful fun to make.