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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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I've been looking at this pattern for a few years now - always thinking that I had to get the Barbara Walker book. This doesn't really answer your question but it does make the book seem more enticing (spelling?). I tried looking some of these stitch patterns up on the internet but couldn't find them so figured I'd have to buy the Barbara Walker book. It really does sound like a lovely pattern:

Lace Sampler Scarf

My purpose was to experiment with a wide range of lace or lace-like stitches for their tonal values, as inspired by a Margaret Stove workshop. Here are design guidelines for making a similar scarf. However, don’t hesitate to deviate from what I did and explore other patterns that intrigue you!

Fingering weight yarn and size 6 needles
(I used a 2-ply yarn I hand-spun from 65g of varicolored dyed tussah silk roving)

Begin scarf with 48 stitches worked in Herringbone Faggot for 8 rows (see pattern 1 below), then place markers to establish the edging and sampler areas as follows:

8 stitches Herringbone Faggot,
2 stitches garter stitch (i.e. knit every row),
28 stitches for sampler area,
2 stitches garter stitch,
8 stitches Herringbone Faggot.
You will continue the Faggot and 2 st garter patterns up along each edge. Between each pattern below, work 4 or 5 rows of garter stitch across the sampler area, depending on whether the lace stitch begins on a right- or wrong-side row. Increase or decrease sampler area to accommodate pattern repeats (I varied between 27 and 29 stitches). Work each sample for a little while (about 2 - 4”); you want enough to get a good sense of what the pattern is doing, so just stop after you think you’ve had enough!

Except where indicated, All patterns below reference Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Vol. 1, (my edition is copyright 1968, ISBN 0-684-17314-X) . If you don’t have enough yarn to do all the patterns, just save about 50 yards of your yarn for the finish. (or if you have more yarn and want a longer scarf, do some more!) Remember that other stitch pattern books you have are likely to be good sources of lace or lace-like stitches as well.

Herringbone Faggot, p. 186 (begin with this as indicated above)
Fisherman’s Rib (as for Charlene's Scarf)
Star Rib Mesh, p. 196
Traveling Leaf Pattern, p. 204
Dewdrop Pattern, p. 149
Garter Stitch Lace Ladder, p. 188
Madeira Mesh, p. 151
Lace Butterfly - allover version, p. 189
Veil Stitch, p. 165
Bird’s Eye, p. 197
English Mesh, p. 193
Crest of the Wave, p. 205
Cane Stitch, p. 182
Open Star Stitch, p. 154
Yarn-Over Cable, p. 154
Open Honeycomb Stitch, p. 154
Daisy Stitch, p. 153
Waterfall Pattern, p. 151
Vertical Lace Trellis, p. 191
Finish with :

4 or 5 rows of garter stitch in sampler area (increase or decrease the sampler area to 28 stitches if needed).
Repeat Fisherman’s Rib pattern. (pattern 2 above).
4 or 5 rows of garter stitch in sampler area.
And finally 8 rows of Herringbone Faggot across ALL stitches (pattern 1 above).
Bind off loosely. Block as for lace under tension. The final dimensions of my scarf were 11” x 72”.


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