I really need to stop impulse-buying yarn. Once again I had to come up with a plan for one skein, this time a gorgeous ball of silk/wool DK. A yarn this soft and lovely—and expensive—is made to be shown off, and a little scarf/neckwarmer is a great solution. The sparse yardage could be stretched a bit with a lace pattern, and I elected to use a bow-knot-style keyhole rather than have to hunt for buttons to go with it, or have to use a pin.
The lace stitch is a modified ostrich plume, I reduced the length of the repeat to work at a smaller overall size. If you have a bit more yardage you could make a slightly longer scarf, at 109 yards I used every bit of the ball that I had.
It’s really tough to give a gauge for this. The alternating stitch pattern creates a wavy edge, which ranges from about 20–24 st per 4 inches. My recommendation: start knitting the scarf as your gauge swatch, when you get to the keyhole section, stretch it slightly to flatten it while you measure (you could even lightly wet-block it). It should measure about 4.25 inches long by 5.25 inches wide. If you’re worried about hitting gauge, use something that gives you a bit more yardage, then it won’t be as crucial.
approx. 27.25 x 5 inches
DK weight, approx. 109 yds.—sample knit with one ball of Rowan Silk Wool DK Geranium 310 Yarn (using every single bit of that yardage)
8 US / 5mm
The pattern is written so that the scalloped ends are reversed; if you want them to match, work through row 13 of the pattern instead of stopping at row 5 (this will require a little more yardage).The chart shows only one repeat of the lace stitch, the entire scarf is two repeats wide plus two edging stitches on each side.
st = stitch
K = knit
P = purl
yo = yarn over (increase)
k2tog = knit 2 st together (decrease)
ssk = slip, slip, knit—slip st knitwise, slip 2nd st knitwise, put left needle back through st and knit them both together (decrease)
Cast on 28 st.
Knit 2 rows.
Row 1 (right side): K2, *k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 4 times, ssk twice; repeat from * once more, k2.
Row 2 (and all wrong side rows): K2, p to last 2 st, k2.
Row 3: Knit.
Rows 5–8: Repeat rows 1–4.
Row 9: K2, *(yo, k1) twice, ssk twice, k2tog twice, (yo, k1) twice; repeat from * once more, k2.
Row 11: Knit.
Rows 13–16: Repeat rows 9–12.
Repeat rows 1–8.
Divide st: slip first st to needle, slip second st to a stitch holder (or spare needle); continue across for all st.
On one set of divided st, work 1×1 ribbing (k1, p1 across) for 12 rows.
Break yarn, then work 1×1 ribbing on second set of divided st.
Rejoin (with right side facing): k1 from one needle, k1 from second needle, continue alternating back and forth until all st are on 1 needle again.
Continue lace pattern
Work a wrong side row (k2, p to last 2 st, k2), then start again with row 1 of the lace pattern.
Work 6 more repeats (or until desired length, or until you nearly run out of yarn), then rows 1–5 once more.
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off. Weave in yarn ends, handwash and block.