Foot Steps Lace Scarf
When I approach designing a scarf, I have a few criteria. One of the most important is that the scarf looks the same from both sides. There are a number of simple knitting stitches that can create such a scarf: garter stitch, ribbing, and seed stitch to name a few. There are also laces built on garter stitch which are traditional in many cultures but rarely my choice as they have a bumpy, horizontal look.
My third published pattern uses another approach to a reversible scarf. The Foot Steps Lace Scarf has a strong vertical pattern and reminds me of foot steps in the snow. It is a simple pattern with only 3 different rows. The pattern is balanced so it does not roll on the sides or ends. The pattern for the Foot Steps Lace Scarf is available from BK Collective on Ravelry. The yarn is Narfi from Jorstad Creek.
Recently Jorstad Creek changed spinning mills for this yarn. The newer Narfi is slightly heavier than the one originally used. Using the same or larger knitting needles will create a slightly larger scarf. Using a smaller needle to achieve the stated gauge will result in the lace being less visible.
This scarf also has a feature I am using often with lace, a double-stranded cast on and bind off. Two strands of yarn create a stronger edge for lace which resists wear and tear better than a single strand. I like the more substantial look a double strand creates. Here is a picture of this cast on in a fine yarn that I hope shows it clearly.
Double-Stranded Cast On
Using a double-stranded could create three loose ends of yarn at the beginning and end of each the knitted piece. Yarn ends can be hard to disguise in fine lace. Splicing these ends is not an option. Here is a way to cast on with a double strand and only have one end to weave into the fabric:
Leaving a tail long enough to cast on all the needed stitches, make a slip knot and place it on the needle. Cast on one stitch with one of the knitted on techniques (usually Knitted Cast on for lace), as you normally would with only one strand over the needle. Count these two stitches as one. Cast on the remaining stitches with both the tail and the working strand. In the first row, work the two single strand stitches as one.
I haven’t yet worked out a comparable approach to a double-stranded bind off. I’ll let you know when I do.
Thanks for dropping by. I’m off to more KnitKnot Adventures.
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