Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eva Scarf



Show of hands: whose favorite season is fall?

*raises hand*

I love fall. To be fair, I just love living in a place with four distinct seasons—I love each snowfall, I love watching the flowers come out in the spring, I love the sunny days and even the thunderstorms of summer. But I really love the cooler weather of fall. There’s just something in the air. I don’t know. If you’re another fall enthusiast, you know what I mean.

This is my favorite fall scarf. I made it almost ten years ago, after I came across Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a yarn shop near my in-laws’ house. I couldn’t leave the shop without it. It’s still probably my favorite yarn I’ve ever worked with. (If anyone ever wants to change my mind, you're always welcome to send me yarn...) I used two skeins to make the scarf. (If you like a longer scarf, definitely get a third skein. I was fresh out of college and broke, so two skeins was the most I could afford.)





If you’ve never knit lace before, it’s a lot easier than it looks. It’s just basic knit stitches with a couple of additions. You’ll see this combination in the pattern a lot: yo (yarn over), k2tog. This combination takes up two stitches. You start with the yarn behind your work, since you’ve just knit the last stitch. Bring the yarn to the front as if you’re going to purl. Then k2tog, bringing the yarn over your needle. You should end with two stitches, one being the loop you just created as you brought the yarn over your needle (this is where the holes in lace come from) and the other from the k2tog.

Things you need:



Gauge: about 5.5 stitches per inch
Finished length: about 53”
Finished width: If you stretch the stitches out, it’s about 6”, but because it’s done in a kind of ribbing, it scrunches up. Its relaxed width is about 4”.

This photo gives a better idea of the actual color of the yarn than the title image.
This pattern is available as an inexpensive, ad-free PDF via Ravelry.

Cast on 37 stitches. Knit 4 rows.

The pattern goes in a 12-row repeat:

Row 1: k2, p2, k2, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k4, yo, k2tog, k3, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, p2, k2

Row 2, and all even rows: k4, p2, k2, p4, k2, p9, k2, p4, k2, p2, k4

Row 3: k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k2

Row 5: k2, p2, sl 1 onto cable needle, hold in back, k1, k1 from cable needle, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, sl 1 onto cable needle, hold in back, k1, k1 from cable needle, p2, k2

Row 7: k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k4, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k2

Row 9: k2, p2, k2, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, p2, k2

Row 11: k2, p2, sl 1 onto cable needle, hold in back, k1, k1 from cable needle, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2, p2, k2, yo, k2tog, p2, sl 1 onto cable needle, hold in back, k1, k1 from cable needle, p2, k2

For those who prefer it, here’s a chart for the RS (odd) rows. (For WS rows, follow the pattern above.)


Repeat these 12 rows until you’re nearly out of yarn. Knit 4 rows. Bind off.



What is your favorite fall accessory?



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