Easy Lace Knitting



It’s our birthday! Today we have been open for business for one whole month. I’d like to say a big thank you to all our new customers. Some of you I know from knitting events and from my years in California. Those I don’t know, I wish I could meet you all in person. From the email exchanges I’ve had, you sound like a friendly bunch of yarn lovers. 

There seems to be a lot of buzz about lace knitting these days but I’ve observed that some knitters are afraid to dive in and try it. You don’t have to start with a fine lace shawl, although that’s possible for the intrepid beginner. I have never made a fine lace shawl myself, although it’s in my holding pattern (list of projects circling my head, waiting to drop in and land). Some of my most enjoyable knitting moments have been with simple lace patterns. They’re easy to memorize and just complex enough to keep my interest without deterring movie watching or knitting on the bus. I thought I’d share one that I’ve made several times in various yarns, this time for my friend Ingrid’s birthday. It’s a four row repeat and two of these are purled, so it’s easy peasy.(Note that when there is no pattern on the alternate rows it is technically not lace, but lacey knitting) I guarantee you will have memorized it after 6 repeats. Check the measurements. It’s quite wide, and just long enough to wrap twice around my neck and tie in a knot in front.  Hint for deciding if a scarf will be long enough: wrap the tape measure around your neck. If you want to make it longer using the same quantity of yarn, leave out one repeat, which would mean you would cast on 31 stitches instead of 41. For this version I used Jade Sapphire 6 ply Cashmere, but it would also be gorgeous in Manos Silk Blend or Blue Sky Suri Merino. Happy knitting! –Mel






Ingrid’s Birthday Scarf



Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibers Mongolian Cashmere, 100% cashmere, 6 ply; 138m/150yds; 55g; 2 hanks


Needles: Size 5.5mm[US9]


Finished measurements: 120x23cm[47×9]”



K2tog  Knit 2 stitches together

Skp     Slip1, knit1, pass the slip stitch over

Sk2p   Slip one, knit 2 together, pass the slip stitch over.

Yo      Take yarn between the needles to front of work


Cast on 41 sts. Knit 1 row.


Row 1(RS): K1, *(yo, skp) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *yo, skp, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to end, ending last repeat k2.

Row 4: Purl.

Repeat these 4 rows to desired length, ending Row 2 or 4.

Knit 1 row.  Bind off.


11 Responses to “Easy Lace Knitting”

  1. Sue Elliott Says:

    The chair looks pretty awesome too Mel!
    And you might like to know that Deborah Manning, ahmed Zaoui’s lawyerm has gone off to a new and exciting job in Geneva with a scarf made from your blog wrapped around her neck. Knitting for human rights!
    Best wishes

  2. Marilyn Laktin Says:

    I second that! That chair is too cool. I’m a collector of china and that chair is circling in my crafty thoughts along with broken bits of beautiful Wedgewood and Ainsley china that is not yet broken but would look so much better in that chair than in my cupboards! Perhaps I’ll use my china more often…

    The scarf is great, and an easy pattern coming from a new lace knitter who only had to frog it 5 times after forgetting the yo’s! Thank you, for a simple but lovely lace pattern. The cashmere is divine especially in 4ply Jade Sapphire! Now back to my knitting… Oh, and Happy ‘one month’ Birthday!

  3. Nicky Says:

    Congrats on being 1 month old !!
    Thanks for the great ” Socks ” book. I havent tried double knit socks before. I am intrigued. ( I must confess I first thought that these were socks knitted in DK wool .. )
    Love the scarf pattern…its next on my ‘To do ” list.
    All the best

  4. Shoshana Says:

    I’m going to try this scarf…it’s so pretty!

    Thanks for posting this pattern

  5. Ruth Says:

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I’m on my third scarf using it, and I love it and plan on more in the future. It’s so versatile! I’ve used fingering, DK, and bulky yarns, and all have turned out beautiful! Thanks again!

  6. Laurie Says:

    I have some beautiful cashmere yarn (dk weight) – teal color – and I am going to make this with it! It seems perfect. However, I’m going to make it wider (CO 81) so I can end up with a wrap!

    Thank you for the pattern!

  7. Julie Says:

    I’m looking forward to starting this pattern right now. Have been working on another diagonal lace one and it just doesn’t seem right. I am going to attempt it with Lion Brand Micro Spun b/c is happens to be in my stash and I’m just not ready to start another sweater yet. Hope to get it finished quickly so I can be a hip/fashionable mom of teenagers!! Thank you for the pattern. It is lovely!!!

  8. Paula Says:

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern. I have some handspun camel/silk that I hope will look as this scarf.

  9. Kelly Says:

    Hi Mel! What are your thoughts about chain selvedge for scarves like this, and similar projects? I never see this included in patterns, and I’m always curious about whether I should be stretching myself (I’m a by-the-pattern knitter) and trying to include this wherever possible to provide a nice edge.

    If you DID include a chain selvedge on this scarf, how would you do it? Cast on an extra stitch (or two stitckes?) and slip first as if to purl / knit last? Or knit first/slip last? I’ve seen suggestions both ways (for a simple pattern like this) and I’m never sure which way is best.


  10. KitchenChaosGirls Says:

    What a lovely scarf! I’ve been looking for a simple scarf…two questions, tho, if you have time to answer them… Will it curl at all on the edges with those rows of purls? and also, would it work as a narrow scarf say with 21 stitches cast on?

  11. Knitting Pattern for Babies Says:

    Lovely! The design for easy beginner patterns is very basic so it would not be hard for me to follow. So I’m going to try knitting scarf now. Thank you for being my inspiration.:)

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