Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Ostrich Plume Scarf
I have written this to slip the first stitch of all but the very first row as I think it makes a nicer edge, but you may choose to simply knit them. As a matter of personal preference, I never slip the first stitch of the first row--it doesn't work with some cast-on methods, so I leave it out. You may slip the first stitch as if you were going to knit it OR as if you were going to purl it, provided you do the same on every row. They both work--they just look a little different.
* size 5 needles
* approximately 400 yards of laceweight yarn (more for longer scarves, less for shorter)
Gauge: BLESSEDLY unimportant!
Cast on 57 stitches.
Row 1: [k1,p1] across, k1
Row 2: slip 1 stitch, [p1, k1] across
Repeat Row 2 4 more times, until you have 6 rows of moss stitch.
Next row--Row 1 (wrong side): slip 1 stitch, P1, k1, p1, place marker, purl 49, place marker, [P1. k1] twice
Rows 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, and 30: slip 1 stitch, P1, K1, P1, slide marker, knit 49, slide marker [P1, K1] twice
Row 3 (and all remaining wrong side rows): slip 1 stitch, P1, K1, P1, slide marker, purl 49, slide marker [P1, K1] twice
Rows 4, 8, 12, and 16: slip 1 stitch, P1, K1, P1, slide marker, [K1, yo] three times, *ssk twice, slip 2 knit-wise, k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over, k2tog twice, [yo, k1] 5 times, YO; repeat from *, end ssk twice, slip 2 knit-wise, k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over, k2tog twice, [YO, K1] 3 times, slide marker [P1, K1] twice
Rows 20, 24, 28, and 32: slip 1 stitch, P1, K1, P1, slide marker, K2tog 3 times, *[YO, K1] 5 times, YO, ssk twice, slip 2 knit-wise, k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over, k2tog twice; repeat from *, end [YO, K1] 5 times, YO, ssk 3 times, slide marker [P1, K1] twice.
Repeat Rows 1-32 as established until the scarf reaches the desired length, continuing with the moss stitch borders on the outsides of the markers. Work 6 rows of moss stitch as established, then cast off loosely. Weave in ends and block.
Shown using a merino laceweight:
This formula--a moss stitch border around a lace stitch pattern--is an easy one to use for any number of projects. Barbara Walker's stitch pattern dictionaries--or ANY stitch dictionaries containing lace patterns--are a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration, and this formula will work for most with just a change in the number of stitches cast on. Such a simple combination of stitch pattern and border is not a true "design" and is shared here because friends have asked for the pattern, and sharing is good.