This Lovely Leaf Lace scarf is made with Lobster Pot’s 8-ply cashmere in color “Chatham Light”. The stitches that create this beautiful and dimensional pattern are a simple combination of strategic yarn-overs and decreases. The lace pattern has a wonderful dimensionality while the stockinette pattern curls around your neck like a big soft hug.
If you’re interested in the Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf (the green one on the left), you can find the full, free pattern right here!
- 6 skeins 8-ply cashmere, this scarf was made with Lobster Pot’s beautifully hand dyed Worsted Weight Cashmere in color “Chatham Light”. This scarf would also be beautiful in just about any of our worsted weight yarn (you’ll need 600 yards to complete the project).
- US size 9 needles (or size required to get gauge).
4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Approximately 12 inches wide x 52 inches long
- This pattern is a lace leaf pattern at each end, and stockinette in the middle. You should know ahead of time that this scarf curls up on the edges, which makes it fit nicely around your neck, but it is wide enough that its not too skinny, even curled up.
- Stitch pattern is a multiple of 10 + 1
Sl1, k2tog, psso
If this is the first time you’ve encountered “sl1, k2tog, psso” it might sound a bit mysterious! Here are step by step instructions for completing this step:
Step 1: Sl 1
Whenever you encounter “sl 1″, it means to slip one stitch as if to purl. Insert needle into stitch as if to purl and slip it to the right needle without knitting it.
Step 2: K2tog
Knit the next two stitches together.
Step 3: psso
“Psso” stands for “pass slipped stitch over”. For this step insert your left needle into the stitch that you slipped and pass it over the k2tog and off of the right hand needle as you would when binding off.
Cast on 61 stitches.
Row 1 and all odd number rows (wrong side): Purl
Row 2: K3, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k5 repeat from *, end last repeat k3.
Row 4: K2, *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3; repeat from *, end last repeat k2.
Row 6: K1, *k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 8: K2tog, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso; repeat from * to last 9 stitches, end last repeat k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk.
Row 10: K1, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 12: K1, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 14: K1, *yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * to end.
Row 16: K1, *yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1; repeat from * to end (if you’re wondering how to “sl 1, k2tog, psso”, please see the detailed instructions below).
Repeat rows 1-16 five times more, work should measure approximately 16 inches from cast on edge, then:
Row 1 (wrong side): Purl
Row 2 (right side): Knit
Repeat these two rows until stockinette portion measures approximately 12 inches or you have used the first 3 skeins of yarn.
Place these 61 stitches on a holder or spare needle and work the second half of the scarf the same as the first.
Use kitchener stitch to invisibly graft live stitches from each end together in the center of your scarf.
Weave in ends. Hand wash gently with a mild soap and allow to air dry. I don’t recommend blocking this scarf too dramatically because you will flatten the wonderful dimensionality of the lace portion of the scarf. When you lay it out to dry try to encourage the lace portion to retain its depth rather than stretching it out flat.