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Monday, January 23, 2006

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Free Zigzag Lace Scarf Pattern

I wrote up the pattern for the red lace scarf I recently made with Araucania Nature Wool Chunky. I thought I would share it with you. The lace pattern is my variation of one I found in Beautiful Knitting Patterns by Gisela Klopper. It is also somewhat similar to the Flemish Block Lace pattern in Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
Here it is. Enjoy!

Zigzag Lace Scarf

lace scarf

FINISHED SIZE

About 7.5" wide and 72" long (after blocking).

YARN

2 skeins Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (100% wool; 131yd/120m per 100g hank), color: 104, dark red

NEEDLES

US #10 (6mm)

NOTIONS

Tapestry needle

GAUGE

Not critical, but mine was approximately 15-16 sts = 4" in stockinette stitch

NOTE

This scarf is worked in two identical sections, from the ends to the center back, where the two sections are grafted together. If you want to avoid grafting, just repeat the lace pattern to make the scarf as long as you want, then end with 4 rows of seed stitch and cast off loosely.

DIRECTIONS FOR SCARF HALF

(Make two)
CO 29 sts.
Row 1 (RS):k1, [p1, k1] repeat to end of row.
Rows 2-4:Repeat row 1.
Begin lace pattern, following either the written instructions or the chart.

Lace Pattern Written Instructions

Row 1 (RS):k1, p1, k2tog, yo, k, [yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k] twice, yo, ssk, p, k.
Row 2 (and all even rows):k1, p to last st, k1.
Row 3:k1, p1, k3, [k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2] twice, k2, p1, k1.
Row 5:k1, p1, k3, [k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3] twice, k2, p1, k1.
Row 7:k1, p1, k3, [k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5] twice, k2tog, yo, p1, k1.
Row 9:k1, p1, k2, k2tog, [yo, k3, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog] twice, yo, k1, p1, k1.
Row 11:k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yo, [k5, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo] twice, k2, p1, k1.
Row 12:k1, p to last st, k1.

Lace Pattern Chart

lace chart
Complete rows 1-12 of the lace pattern a total of 13 and a half times, ending with row 6.
Final row (a variation of row 7 of the lace pattern):k1, p1, k3, [k3, yo, ssk, k5] twice, k2, p1, k1.
Do NOT bind off. Place these stitches on a holder or a piece of scrap yarn.
Cast on 29 sts and knit the second half of the scarf exactly as the first half.

FINISHING

Graft the two halves of the scarf together using kitchener stitch. Weave in loose ends. Wash in cool water and block by pinning to a flat surface. Let dry.

Pattern & images © 2006 Tamara Stone-Snyder.
May be distributed freely for personal use only. Cannot be reprinted on the web or otherwise without permission.

Leave a Comment 73 comments:

Lynda said...

I LOVE the scarf!! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

Mary said...

I received the scarf for Christmas. It is absolutely elegant. As well as looking beautiful, it keeps me warm on blustery Vermont mornings.

Tanja said...

Thank you so much for sharing your scarf pattern. I cant wait to make one!

Angela said...

hey tammy it's angela just wanted to say i love the site it's very cute i would like to learn more about the wrist warmers talk to you soon!!!
~Angela~

Kathryn McCue said...

Hey Tammy, your dad enjoyed reading about your projects, but wants to know how his socks are coming. Kathy

Knittinreed said...

Thank you - that is a beautiful pattern. It is in the queue!

stacyo said...

i'm on a scarf craze lately as my math skills are holding me back from making sweaters. thanks for aiding me in avoiding the math by posting this pattern!

Michelle said...

Help. . . what am I doing wrong? I love this scarf and plan on making a few for Christmas gifts.
After row seven and eight I always seem to be a stitch short at the end of row 9.

Persnickety Knitter said...

Michelle,

You didn't leave an email address so I can't respond to you directly. I'll post my response here and hope that you check back.

It’s hard to say where you’re going wrong without looking at your scarf, but are you making sure that you have one yarnover for every decrease (k2tog or ssk)? The yarnover will sometimes be before the decrease and sometimes after. Send me an email if you still need help.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering how to make this just a tad wider? janiebug

suzyknits said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. Also for helping me decide what to knit for the Mother in law for Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I love this scarf and may knit one myself. Thank you for sharing.

Michel said...

Hi! I'm a beginner knitter, and I was trying to start this scarf. It's very nice btw. I've gotten the pattern down, but now I'm noticing that the sides are curling up a bit. About an inch on either side is curling, but the longer I make the scarf, the more significant the curl is. No one else seems to have had this problem, so I'm wondering if it's something I'm doing wrong. I'm using a thiner acrylic microfiber sports yarn because I thought it was really soft. But because the yarn is thinner, I made an extra repeat of the pattern to make it wider. If you could please help me out with the curling problem, I would be very grateful. email: michel.sun@gmail.com Thanks!

Jeri said...

There's a red x where the picture and chart should be. Hope it's a temporary blogger problem.

Anonymous said...

Can someone help me? I'm a beginner in knitting and I'm trying to do this scarf pattern but I end up having fewer stitches than I need. Like for K2tog you need 2 sts to do it right? But on the chart there are exactly 29 sts, the same number you begin with, so I'm wondering if I have to do anything extra like increase or is there something I should Know about lace patterns, or even about the pattern itself.

Persnickety said...

ANONYMOUS: It's possible that you are skipping the yarnovers in the pattern (these are marked with an "O" in the chart). Each yarnover creates an extra stitch, which is offset by a K2tog (so the stitch count stays constant). If you need help making the yarnovers, go to www.knittinghelp.com. Look in the Glossary section under "yo" for "yarn over". They have videos that show how to make a yarn over.

If you need more help with the pattern, either leave your email address when you leave a comment or email me using the "Contact Me" link in the top left corner of my blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for replying so quickly to my question!! But the thing is your advice didn't really help me with the pattern, though I'm sure it;ll help me in future knitting projects. So please allow me to rephrase my question. My problem involves the very first row with yarn overs and K2togs in it ( I haven't gotten very far at all, only just past the Row 1 (RS):k1, [p1, k1] repeat to end of row.
Rows 2-4:Repeat row 1 part, so basically I only completed the first 4 rows. Then I get stuck, remember how I wrote that there weren't enough sts to compensate all of the yarn overs and K2togs? Well there's my problem since I'm on the first row in the lace pattern there are no more than the 29 sts I began with.RIGHT? So what do I do???? Sorry for being such a pain and thanks for taking the time for reading this extremely long comment. By the way I would e mail you about my questions but I don't have one.

Persnickety said...

ANONYMOUS:
After completing the first 4 rows of the edging (the seed stitch), you should just start the lace portion as it says in the pattern. You don't need to do anything special to change your nbr of stitches.

You should have 29 sts at the END of every row of the pattern. Yes, each K2tog and each SSK will consume 1 stitch, but you are also ADDING 1 stitch with each yo (yarn over). The yarn overs compensate for the stitches lost through the decreases. On the chart you will see that there is 1 yo for each decrease (k2tog or ssk). So you will have 29 stitches on your ndl at the end of each row. Does that make sense?

Anonymous said...

Thank you (again) for helping me and answering my questions. Now I just hope my scarf will turn out okay....

Anonymous said...

Hey anonymous! I think you are having the same problem I was when trying to knit this. Maybe you're doing a yarn over and knitting a stitch and considering this the 'yarn over' and then knitting another stitch to complete the yarn over, knit one. Just bring the yarn to the front and then knit one, and this is all there is to the yo, k1. This helped me get the right number of stitches and not run out. Hope this helps :)

hrhsoleil said...

IF YOU ARE DROPPING STICHES -- look at the end of row 7. It's the only place where you YO and then pearl instead of knit. (You may not really be adding a stich there unless you loop the YO twice around the needle)

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous pattern! I'm 3/4 of the way there and it's looking gorgeous. I was going to give it away as a Christmas present but I think I'm going to keep it for myself.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this pattern available! I've only been knitting for a week and a half and I just finished this and it looks fabulous! Thanks again!

Mirjam said...

Hei :) I really really can't wait to start with this. I might not even get to bed tonight :) Anyway thank you sooo much for this. Looks cute :) I'm not gonna do excactly the same, but will use size 4(mm) yarn and needles and do a bit wider, like a shawl, to keep me warm while watching tv. Anyway enough talking, let's get knitting. :) Thanks again!

Kind regards from London. :)
Mirjam
mirjam.lipstok@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

i don't understand for the pattern to repeat twice when there is not enough stitch if i was only to cast on 29.

Athanasia said...

Hey I love this scarf pattern too. Thanks to the anonymous who explained about yo. I was making the mistake s/he wrote about, thinking the yo included a knit. This explains why I was ending up with too few stitches at the end. Now I'm excited to get this scarf going!

Camelia said...

i also love the pattern but i seem to have the same problem someone wrote before, both ends of the scarf are curling and the longer the scarf the more it curls. Is there something to do to avoid this curling or is it going to disappear after i wash it?
Cami.

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Camelia said...
i also love the pattern but i seem to have the same problem someone wrote before, both ends of the scarf are curling and the longer the scarf the more it curls. Is there something to do to avoid this curling or is it going to disappear after i wash it?
Cami.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:18:00 PM


I realise that this message was a while ago, but it seems a couple people are having this problem.

I have experienced curling of the edges when I knit projects as well, but once you are finished, and you wash and block it. or Use your steam iron to block it, They settle down.

OR you could just add a few KNIT stitches to the start and to the end of your row, if it is curling on the sides. knitting on right and wrong sides. then it wont curl. But it will make it wider. If it is curling on the ends, you may want to just BlOCK it when you are finished. Blocking is a knitters best friend. Well mine anyways.

I cant wait to start this pattern. I have a few things on the go now but it is definitly in the queue.

Anonymous said...

"If you want to avoid grafting, just repeat the lace pattern to make the scarf as long as you want, then end with 4 rows of seed stitch and cast off loosely."

First off, thank you very much for sharing, I am in the middle of this project and love it!

Could anyone tell me why you would graft vs. completing as a whole? I'm not sure what to do!

Thanks,

Katie

Linda said...

Excellent pattern, am going to start working on that scarf.

Soulmia said...

THANK YOU!!!!!! I was looking to make something simple and classy for my physiotherapist who has worked very hard to get my shoulder working post a complicated surgery....this pattern is so simple yet, one must be vigilant or you could miss a stitch so it made me focus my "pain" elsewhere :)
Came out gorgeous. I made it in "old Rose" and added a fringe :) Wish I could add a picture!!

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nan-a-mour said...

Hi, I think I'm having the same problem that others have already stated. I'm on the first row of the pattern (after the 4 knit and purl rows) and I've redone this row two times, I just seem to be missing stitches... I do the yarn overs, the k2tog and the ssk fine, but at of the row, the yarn over is the last stitch that I have, I can't complete the row with purl and knit. I looked up videos on Youtube to see whether I was doing it right or not, and it seems about right... I don't understand, because I do end up with 29 stitches when I "finish" the row. What am I doing wrong?

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Anonymous said...

Hi, thank you for the posting. I'm a beginner. I would like to ask a question. On the even row:
k1, p to last st, k1. Is it mean the first and the last is knit and in the between first stitch and last stitch is purl?
k1, p27 , k1
Thanks

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Persnickety Knitter said...

To Anonymous:
Yes, the even rows should be k1, p27, k1.

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