Using a simple increase on either side and a double decrease in the middle, it makes a beautiful tree like holiday/Christmas design. After blocking, the outside is also reminanct of holly leaves, so it is really the perfect Christmas scarf, but the pattern is also subtle enough for the rest of the winter.
I used a fingering weight yarn, along with a lace weight yarn in a slightly different color. It only takes a little yarn, I dyed 300 yards worth, and I "estimate" I used about 150 yards.
To begin, cast on 17 using a provisional cast on, if you don't know it, look on www.knittinghelp.com she has videos of provisional cast on , plus many more techniques.
Now knit one row, then begin the pattern.
If you are new to charts, here's how to get started, look at the chart, and begin on the right hand side of it, on row 1. Each new odd row will be begun on the right side, just after the bold outline. Especially for small patterns like this, it really is so much easier to use the chart, once you figure out what's going on. For a long time, I was chart shy, and now, I love them. I prefer them to written instructions. You can cross a line out, or use a post it note to keep track of what row you are on, but with this pattern, you can usually just see where you are.
You can see that the O is a yarn over, and the upside down V with a line is s1, knit 2tog passover (NOTE: Sl 2, k1 psso looks nice too, try them both!) A plain square means knit. On this chart all even rows, are purled across. The first row that you knit, was just a setup row, so we don't count it.
So row 1 means: Knit three, yarn over, knit 4, s1- k2 tog- psso, knit 4, yarn over, knit 3.
Row two, purl back across
Row Three: K4, YO, K3, sl1-k2 tog-psso, K3, YO, K4.
Row Four: purl
(At this point, if you look at the chart, you can see a trend, knit one more than last row, yo, knit one less than last row, do a center double decrease, then repeat knitting one less, yo, knit one more than last row.
Row Five: K5, YO, K2, Sl 1- k2 tog- passo, K2, YO, K5
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K6, YO, K1, Sl 1- k2 tog- passo, K1, YO, K6
Row 8: purl Row 9 changes a bit, now we have a pair of yarn overs with the same double decrease between them on each side.
Row 9: K3, YO, Sl 1- k2 tog- passo, YO, K1, YO, Sl 1- k2 tog- passo, YO, K1, YO, Sl 1- k2 tog- passo, YO, K3.
Row 10: purl.
That's it, once you have completed row 10, you go back to row one and repeat it. Just keep repeating it, until the scarf is long enough. I will make up the other chart (right now it's just in my notebook) and written instructions for that when I can. That one will be a bit hairy to follow with written ones I think, so maybe you will have grasped the chart by then.
When your scarf is the desired length, Knit the wrong side instead of purling, leave a nice long tail, and break your yarn.
Now you can begin the edging chart. I used only the lace weight yarn, that I had also carried in the main scarf. Be sure and slip each FIRST stitch. Because of the short rows, these stitches aren't knitted on each row, but when you do work them, slip the first stitch, but only on the edge that goes towards the scarf.
A note on the short rows, you may wrap and turn, or simply turn, the resulting hole may appeal to you. I wrapped the stitch when I turned, then knitted the wrap and it's neighbor together later when it was time to work the pair.
You can knit the lace all in one piece, then pick up stitches and graft them together. You could also knit the border on, but I found this to be rather confusing because of the short rows, and my lack of pracitice with knitted on borders.
I did five repeats of the chart for my lace ends, and the result was quite nice. If I were to do it again, I think I would do 6 or even 7 repeats instead. Once you have completed the number of repeats you want, then cast off all the stitches instead of just 4.
Now pick up the same 17 stitches from the slipped stitches. On my original scarf, I decreased a few, to make it match the number on the lace edging, but I think just adding another repeat would be better. Now graft the lace onto the main scarf, and repeat on the other end of the scarf. I sent the scarf home with my Mother In Law, and I seem to have misplaced the page that explains the decrease. oops. So if you have trouble, give me an email, and we'll sort through it. allena at spindleandwheel dot com
Here are written instructions, to help you understand the chart easily. If you have trouble finding the wraps, then put a little marker next to them and you make the wraps.
Row 1: K3, P4, [YO, K2 tog] 3 times, then YO, K2.
Row 2: K 13, wrap and turn.
Row 3: P5, [YO, K2 tog] 3 times, then YO, K2.
Row 4: K 15, wrap and turn
Row 5: K7, [YO, K2 tog] 3 times, then YO, K2.
Row 6: K8, P6, P1(along with it's wrap), wrap and turn.
Row 7: K7, [YO, K2 tog] 3 times, then YO, K2.
Row 8: knit all the way back to the beginning, knitting the wraps and turns if desired as you come to them.
Row 9: Slip 1, Knit across
Row 10: Cast off four, and knit to the end, time to begin the pattern again!
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