Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ostrich Plume Scarf

This scarf is actually very simple, but I'm trying to make the directions as thorough as possible.  It has a moss-stitch border of 6 rows on top and bottom and 4 stitches on each side, and uses the stitch pattern KNOWN as Ostrich Plume (hence the name).  There's a 3-stitch decrease using a slip 2, k1, pass slipped stitches over, which creates a nicer look than the traditional slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over technique, but feel free to use the more traditional decrease if you choose.  I used a shorter bottom and top edging to allow the wavy stitch pattern to pull the border into the wave effect, but you could certainly add a few extra rows of moss-stitch to the top and bottom if you would like.

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.

Materials needed:
* 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:
and using an alpaca with a slight halo effect:
Both work quite nicely.

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.  


toni in florida said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the 'structions.

Janet said...

Thanks Toni, it is such a lovely scarf design you have put together. I will have to use it, perfect for a gift for my Oncology Dr. for this next holiday season. I already have plans as you can see, lol. Have a great day.

Carmine said...

I have been wanting this EXACT stitch pattern to make into a schal for quite some time, but i have no access to Ms Walker's Treasuries, Good to start on a scarf!!! I'm Casting On As i type, eager to be united with the stitch pattern i've sought after for so long! :D Thanks again!!!

Toni said...

Yay!!!! I hope you enjoy it! I have a shawl in a fine mohair from this stitch as well, and I just ADORE it!

Suzanne said...

I love this scarf and am making it but am having a little issue with the row 20 pattern row. Up until then it's been simple and fun to knit.

I have knitted and unknitted row 20 about 4 times - I have the right # of stitches (49) but I end up with three stitches left over before the moss pattern - every time... I began wondering if there is something off in the way the pattern is written or is it just me? :) thought I would ask before knitting and unknitting this row again.

Here is what you say to do with rows 20,24, 28,32:
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.

I appreciate any help so I can get going again,

Suzanne said...

Naturally I figured it out after posting a comment that now seems .... well silly but I'm on my way

dust said...

Dear Toni! I just went to a fiber festival and came home immediately to get the pattern for the Ostrich Plume Shawl. You have a SCARF would I add on width to make a SHAWL, please??? Also, the lady at the booth said she used 700 yds of super kid natural mohair lace weight and SIZE 15 needles!!!!! It was gorgeous!!! What is your opinion on the needles size, please? Thanks for answering both questions! Thank you, Toni!!!! Love. Peace. Gratitude. Kindness.


Toni said...

Hi Christina! My blog didn't give me an email address to answer your question, so I'm hoping this works. You know, I've never tried size 15 needles with laceweight--it would make a VERY airy scarf which could indeed be beautiful, though as needles that big would make a pattern a bit harder to recognize, I might be tempted to try it with a simpler stitch pattern. But, then again, the nice waving pattern that Ostrich Plumes has could be quite marvelous with needles that big. I'd swatch it to see what it looks like if I were you.

The stitch pattern is based on a 16-stitch repeat, so depending on the width you want, just add however many multiples of 16 you want, then do the pattern between the asterisks as many times as your new pattern needs. I might increase the number of border stitches if you're increasing the pattern width just to give it a bit more stability--maybe go to 8 stitches of stitch instead. How wide you want will depend on what size needles you end up with--with the big ones, you might only need another set or two.

Happy knitting!


dust said...

Thank you so very much, Toni!!!! I am going to try everything you suggested! It is a beautiful pattern and I am grateful for all your hard work on it! Love. Peace. Gratitude. Kindness. .........and KNITTING!