Alison Crowther-Smith

The Judith Bell-Ruffle Boa Pattern

This is a very delicate boa that really makes a statement.  It is, I promise you, a real head-turner and also a delight to knit.  Especially if you like a long spell of picot casting-off…who doesn’t?  I designed it for my sister-in-law, Judith Lavery.  So far, though it’s been knitted 3 times (I was playing about with the construction you see), Judith still hasn’t got her hands on her own boa, but she will.  Soon.  Like its muse, this boa is stylish and strong.

About the boa

The boa is long and can be worn doubled over and looped through, which gives a delicious 3-layered effect at the back.  Or just drape it.  The chief feature is the double row of bell-shaped, lace-sided inserts.  The centre of the boa uses both the shades of Kidsilk Haze knitted together and this central spine gives the floaty fins a firm structure.  The vividly contrasting Kidsilk Haze shades really make it zing.  However, I also think it would work equally well using just 1 shade, or using more muted shades, perhaps.  It is knitted sideways, ie, on a long cable needle, used like a pair of conventional straight needles.  This is to accommodate the large number of stitches you end up with.

Degree of difficulty

Fairly easy to intermediate.  You will be increasing to make the bell-shaped inserts, and using simple lace making stitches to do this;  and a picot cast-off.

What you will need

3 balls of Kidsilk Haze, 2 in the main shade and 1 in the contrast shade.

Needles used

You will need a 5mm fixed cable circular needle that is 80 or 100cm long, (used as straights).

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