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.