Thursday, September 14, 2006

Suri Love Scarf; A little Stripey Lacey Thing (Pattern)

As promised, better pics, and a pattern (below pics)!

Oh she drapes so well accross the strawberry pot,

Lacey llama and alpaca, you say your mom needs a gift?

Light and soft, yet so warm!

Soon shall be the weather to wear it....for last night I heard the elk calling.

Quick to knit, nice to wear, good to give or to share!

This pattern would be an excellent first lace piece, especially if you decided to knit it in a solid color, I'd really like to knit it in two similar colors too to get a more subtle color change.


1-2 skeins KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud (100% alpaca, laceweight)*
If you want to make the stripey version, you will need 2 skeins in 2 different colors, for a solid version, use a single skein of a solid color.

I used one skein of the Iris color, and the dark brown is Suri llama handspun (which, I love….Suri Love Scarf). Of course you can use your handspun here too! Perfect for a little bit o luxe handspun!

Size 7 US (4.5 mm) knitting needles.

Gauge: Not important, knit a swatch that pleases you! Lace can vary; I like to encourage people to knit what makes them happy.

Finished measurements: 5 inches wide x 52 inches long.


*Note, the Alpaca Cloud was held doubled throughout.

CO 23 stitches in the dark color.

Work 3 rows even in garter stitch.

Work the lace pattern and the stripe sequence (as below) simultaneously, maintaining a 3 stitch garter stitch border on either side (this is accounted for in the directions).

Stripe sequence**: Repeat as necessary (I completed 4 repeats of the sequence in my scarf). Light = the lighter colored yarn you’re using, and dark = the darker yarn. The number refers to the number of rows you’ll knit with each color to make the stripes***.

1 = light
2 = dark
3 = light
5 = dark
8 = light
13 = dark
21 = light
13 = dark
8 = light
5 = dark
3 = light
2 = dark
1 = light

Lace Diamonds pattern:

Row 1: K5, yo, ssk, K9, k2tog, yo, K5
Row 2: Purl. (all even, or wrong side rows are purled)
Row 3: K6, yo, ssk, K7, k2tog, yo, K6
Row 5: K7, yo, ssk, K5, k2tog, yo, K7
Row 7: K8, yo, ssk, K3, k2tog, yo, K8
Row 9: K9, yo, ssk, K1, k2tog, yo, K9
Row 11: K9, Center Twist, K9
(center twist over 5 sts: slip(sl) stitch(st) to right hand(RH) needle, sl next st to cable needle(cn) and hold in front of work, sl next stitch to another cn, and hold in back of work, sl st from RH needle to left hand(LH) needle, k2tog, yo, K st held on cn at back of work, yo, sl st held on cn at front of work to LH needle, ssk)
Row 13: K8, k2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K8
Row 15: K7, k2tog, yo, K5, yo, ssk, K7
Row 17: K6, k2tog, yo, K7, yo, ssk, K6
Row 19: K5, k2tog, yo, K9, yo, ssk, K5
Row 20: Purl.

Repeat rows 1-20 as many times necessary to get the length you desire.

Knit 2 rows of garter stitch.

Bind Off. Weave in remaining ends. Block! Blocking lace is always good….makes it so pretty. And because this is a st. stitch based pattern with a garter border, a full wet block really helps it stay nice and flat. Also makes the alpaca/llama fuzzy and nice!

**If you’re making the striped version, word to the wise…weave in (by knitting in as you go) as many ends as possible while you knit the scarf! I didn’t do this, and had 108 pesky ends to weave in at the end!

***I found the easiest way to keep track of both the stripe sequence rows and the lace pattern rows was to have a Kacha-kacha counter and a piece of paper. On the paper I’d tally up the number of rows per color and what that equaled in the total row count. Because the lace pattern is 20 rows, and it’s easy to see multiples of 20 on the counter this works well with this pattern. For example:

# of rows per stripe: color: kacha row counter #:
1 pink 1
2 brown 3
3 pink 6
5 brown 11
8 pink 19
13 brown 32
21 pink 53
13 brown 66
8 pink 74

This means, that when the kacha counter number reads for example 11, I would change yarn from the brown to the pink, and also be on the lace pattern row 11. When the kacha reads 66, I know I’m on row 6 of the pattern (20 row repeat, look at the counter in multiples of 20), and I’ll change to pink again. Because the lace pattern is in multiples of 20 rows, you can simply go to 100 = 5 repeats of the pattern and start the counter over again!

If you decide to make this pattern, and have any questions, please email me rather than ask in the comments. Because chances are, in a week or so this post will be archived and I likely won’t be looking at the comments! morgsarah at yahoo dot com.



At 11:52 AM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Oh! I'm so glad you said that color was Iris! I've got some of that! It looks so much better out in the natural light! It looks even better paired with the suri outside!

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice use of the fibonacci sequence there, for striping...


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