Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Springy, Lacy Knit Scarf

Knitted Lace ScarfSpring weather is a great time for this wardrobe treat and scarves are so "it" right now.

This particular scarf isn't the easiest knitting project mostly because to work the lacy pattern with a cotton thread on biggish needles is tricky. The yarn slips around a bit and it takes a while to get used to the tension being looser but after a couple repeats on the pattern you get it.

Though I'll tell you, if you make a mistake there's no way you're going back and fixing it with all those yarn overs making holes, just forget it and move on. Which means that the beginning isn't nearly as well done as the end but who's going to notice besides you right?

Here's the pattern:

Using sport weight cotton yarn (ecru) and size 8 needles cast on 25 stitches.

Row 1-5: knit

Row 6: start lace pattern with k3, ssk, yo, k5 [yo, k1] 5 times, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k3 (31 sts)

Row 7: k3, p25, k3

Row 8: k3, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, [k2tog, yo] 2 times, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 [yo, ssk] 2 times, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k3 (31 sts)

Row 9: k3, p25, k3

Row 10: k3, ssk, yo, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2tog, k3 (31 sts)

Row 11: k3, p25, k3

Row 12: k3, k3tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, k3 (27 sts)

Row 13: k3, p21, k3

Row 14: k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k4 (25 sts)

Row 15: k3, p19, k3

Repeat rows 6-15 until the scarf is long enough then knit five more rows to match the beginning (knit each row). Bind off stitches loosely.

k3tog=knit three together (a decrease).

k2tog=knit two together (a decrease).

ssk=slip a stitch, knit a stitch then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch to make one (a decrease).

yo=make a stitch by throwing yarn over needle in between stitches--an increase (yarn over).

sl-k2tog-psso= slip one stitch purlwise, knit the next two stitches together then pass the slipped stitch over.

sl2-k1-p2sso=slip two stitches together knitwise, knit the next stitch then pass the two slipped stitches over the knitted stitch

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Mrs. Organic said...

Oh, it's so lovely. I may have to dip my knitting needles into the lace pool.

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Anonymous said...

Please explain what ssk is. Thanks.

Scribbit said...

Sorry--ssk means slip a stitch, knit the next stitch then pass the knitted stitch over the slipped stitch to make one stitch. It's a way of decreasing that mirrors the k2tog decrease.

Michelle said...

I'd buy it if you made it...I don't knit or crochet..

Organizing Mommy said...

You made that pattern up, didn't you? beautiful! I'm going to try it. Thanks.