Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Meandering Scarf

This scarf goes To and Fro. A great pattern for cotton yarns!

Materials Lorna's laces Shepherd Worsted in color Gold Hill, 1 skein (225 yds) 20 pony beads (optional) US 10 1/2 needles

Gauge 14 st., 6 rows = 4". Exact gauge is not essential.

Finished size after blocking: 6" x 50"
Abbreviations k - knit p - purl SSB - Seed St Border K1, P1, K1 st. - stitch

Knit on cast on Use a slip knot for first st,* knit 1 st, put that st on left needle, reversing it (3 st on needle). Repeat from * to desired number of st. When casting on at end of a row, just use the last st (instead of a slip knot) as your starting point.

Lace pattern Row 1:
*YO, SSK, K3. Repeat from *

Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl

Row 3: * K1, YO, SSK, K2. Rep from *

Row 5: * K2, YO, SSK, K1. Rep from *

Row 7: *K3, YO, SSK. Rep from *

Row 9: *K3, K2 tog, YO,. Rep from *

Row 11: *K2, K2 tog, YO, K1. Rep from *

Row 13: * K1, K2 tog YO, K2. Rep from *

Row 15: *K2 tog, YO, K3. Rep from *

Knit YO SSK K2tog All even rows (wrong side) are purled. Using knit on cast on, C.O. 11 st loosely.

Row 1: *P1, K1. Rep from *, end P1

Row 2 -4: Repeat Row 1

Row 5: (RS) On left needle, C.O. 5 st, (K1, P1) 4 times. Work one repeat of pattern, end P1, K1, P1.

Row 6: On left needle, C.O. 5 st, (K1, P1) 4 times, P5, (P1, K1) 4 times

Row 7: (K1, P1) 4 times, Work one repeat of pattern Row 3, (P1, K1) 4 times.
Row 8: (K1, P1) 4 times, purl 5, (P1, K1) 4 times.

Row 9: Seed St Border (SSB), Row 5 of pattern, 3 repeats, SSB

Row 10: SSB, P 15, SSB Continue thus, working SSB, 3 repeats of pattern, SSB on right side, repeat Row 10 on wrong side.

When scarf measures approximately 48", end with Row 4 of pattern.

End Shaping: Row 1: (K1,P1) 4 times, continue working pattern on center 5 st, (P1,K1) 4 times. Row 2 - 4: ( K1, P1) 4 times, P5, (P1, K1) 4 times

Row 5: Bind off 5 st, K1, P1, work pattern on center 5 st, (P1, K1) 4 times

Row 6: Bind off 5 st, K1, P1, purl 5 pattern st, P1, K1, P1 Row 7 - 10: *P1, K1. Repeat from *, end P1

Bind off loosely.
As with any lace knitting, it isn't finished until it has been blocked. On a padded but firm surface, pin the scarf out to a gently stretched size. Steam with a steamer or hold your steam iron just barely above the surface to cover the whole area. Allow to dry thoroughly, discouraging any resident pets from napping on your creation.
Optional but recommended: For fringe, cut 20 lengths of yarn 11" long. Fold each pc in half and using a crochet hook, pull the fold through the first st of the center portion of the hem. Pull both cut ends of the yarn through the loop and snug up to the hem (lark's head knot).
Tie an overhand knot using both cut ends, about 1-1/2" below the hem. Put a pony bead on one strand (I used a tiny crochet hook to pull the yarn through). Now tie another overhand knot using both ends about 1" below the first, trapping the bead. Repeat across the center portion of the hem, 10 ends evenly spaced on each end.

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