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Racing Raindrops Scarf Project – Isager Version

Racing Raindrops Scarf Project – Isager Version

"Lambswool, alpaca and beads . . . oh my!"

When Karen brought the beginnings of this scarf to our design team, we all agreed the little beads looked like raindrops. Once the scarf is on, the beads almost look like they're chasing each other around, even while they add a bit of weight to the soft drape of this lace-weight scarf. Do you know the A. A. Milne poem, Waiting at the Window? It reads in part: "These are my two drops of rain / Waiting on the window-pane. I am waiting here to see / Which the winning one will be. . . . All the best and all the worst / Comes from which of them is first." A whimsical poem for a sweet accessory!

Isager Alpaca Merino 2 is a knitter’s favorite all year ‘round, but as the air gets chillier it’s even more tempting to use for a slightly cushier version of the Racing Raindrops scarf. The alpaca adds drape and a soft halo, and the wool offers memory and structure for lovely stitch definition. We love Alpaca Merino 2 for its softness next to the skin. Make your neck happy and a wee bit warmer–try an Isager version!

We offer this pattern in two sizes. They both have the same wingspan, but the larger scarf has a slightly longer back depth that adds more fullness. Once blocked, both scarves can be worn multiple ways, with long ties to knot, drape, or to pin. And both sizes have 120 sparkling raindrops!

If you’d rather knit this with a lace-weight yarn, just see our project page for the Rowan Fine Lace version. Check out the bead page if you'd like to add them to your scarf. You'll find a crochet hook, the yarn, and the pattern (if you don't already have it) below.

Approx. 76"/193cm across long straight edge; approx. 10 (18)"/25 (46)cm deep at the center, after blocking. Larger size shown. (The only difference between sizes is the back depth.)

Shown in Color 2s Light Natural Gray.
Smaller scarf (not shown): 2 skeins Isager Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each).
Larger scarf: 3 skeins Isager Isager Alpaca Merino 2 (270 yds/247m each).

US 4 (3.5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
Approx. 130 size 6 seed beads (this allows for a few extras).
US 13/14 (0.9mm) steel crochet hook for placing beads. (Beads for one scarf and proper hook available below).
1 locking stitch marker. Darning needle to finish.

Approx. 22 sts = 4"/10cm in texture pattern, before blocking.
Approx. 28 sts = 4"/10cm in texture pattern, after blocking.
Note: As you block texture ridges open, your stitch gauge will draw in.

We think you'll enjoy the easy-to-memorize texture repeat and the simple sideways construction.

Don't be intimidated by placing beads in your knitting! We have a photo tutorial on our Ravelry group that walks you through the easy steps for placing beads. You'll love the results.

Printed Racing Raindrops Scarf pattern. (Requires shipping.)

Digital Racing Raindrops Scarf pattern. (Download)

Steel Crochet Hook. Small enough to bring light-weight yarn through a size 6 seed bead.

Beads. Size 6 Mill Hill seed beads, more than enough for one scarf, in Color 16010.

COLOR: 11 (was 19) Lt. Blue. Heathered baby blue.

COLOR: 16 (was 20) Marine Blue-Green. Light teal.

COLOR: 47 (was 11) Blue Gray. Balanced blend of medium blue and charcoal.

COLOR: 36 (was 55) Wine. Deep amethyst.

COLOR: 52 (was 13) Dusty Plum. Heathered soft purple.

COLOR: 19 (was 22) Fuchsia. Pink violet.

COLOR: 21 (was 25) Red. Tomato.

COLOR: 24 (was 14) Orange. Like a puffin bill.

COLOR: 39 (was 15) Shrimp. Tea-dyed pink.

COLOR: 7s (was 284) Lt. Natural Brown. Heathered sandy brown.

COLOR: 8s (was 408) Med. Natural Brown. Warm cocoa brown.

COLOR: 3 (was 17) Old Gold. Vintage deep gold.

COLOR: 40 (was 16) Chartreuse. Heathered yellow shaded with green and gray.

COLOR: 43 (was 18) Med. Green. Pea green.

COLOR: 23 (was 12) Green Gray. Soft army green.

COLOR: 46 (was 24) Lt. Green. Heathered seafoam.

COLOR: 0 (was 100) Natural White. Cream.

COLOR: 4s (was 402) Charcoal Gray. Heathered charcoal.

COLOR: 30 (was 500) Black.

COLOR: 2s (was 2105) Lt. Natural Gray. Heathered granite.