Knit a single-skein lacy scarf

This beautiful Shetland stitch pattern is great for knitters who are new to lace projects.

By Kate Atherley

How to knit a lace scarf
This single-skein scarf is an ideal first lace project. The classic Shetland stitch pattern, Crest of the Wave, is straightforward, easy to memorize -- and attractive.

All lace is created by pairing a yarnover increase (to make a hole) and a decrease (to compensate to keep the stitch count the same). The beautiful pattern variations come from how the yarnovers and corresponding decreases are arranged.

For example, this pattern repeat consists of two right-leaning decreases, four increases and two left-leaning decreases. The decreases pull down to the sides, creating lovely scalloped edges at the top and bottom of the knitted scarf.

You need:
1 skein (100 g/200 m) Cascade 220 100 per cent wool
5 mm straight needles or short circular needle
7 mm straight needles or short circular needle
6 stitch markers
Blunt darning needle and smooth scrap yarn (optional)

*Cascade 220 is available in a wide variety of colours. We used "Palm" (colour 2409).

Take a look at a larger photo of the finished lacy scarf here.

Tension:
Approximately 18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm (4 inches) square in stocking stitch, using 5 mm needles. To save time, take time to check tension.

Finished measurements:
Approximately 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) wide and 127 cm (50 inches) long after blocking.

To make:
• Cast on
Using 5 mm needle(s) and the cable or long tail method, cast on 39 sts.

• Knit lower edging
Set up pattern and markers.

Rows 1 and 2:
Knit.
Row 3 (RS): K2, *place marker, k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, ssk twice, place marker, k1; rep from * until 1 st remains, k1.
Row 4 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Rows 5, 7, 9, (RS): K2, *k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, ssk twice, k1; rep from * until 1 st remains, k1.
Rows 6, 8, 10 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

• Knit body of scarf
Main pattern repeat:

Rows 1, 2, 3, 4: Knit.
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11 (RS): K2, *k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 3 times, yo, ssk twice, k1; rep from * until 1 st remains, k1.
Rows 6, 8, 10, 12 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Repeat Rows 1 to 12 of the main pattern repeat until desired length (see Designer's Note) or almost out of yarn, ending after a Row 2.

• Finish
Change to 7 mm needle(s); CO all sts knitwise. Block scarf; weave in ends.

Designer's note:
This pattern has lots of vertical stretch -- expect it to increase in length by about a third after blocking.

Page 1 of 3 -- If you've made some errors while knitting, find out how to undo your stitches with the "lifeline" technique, explained on page 2.


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