Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hello Spring! Here's a new free pattern!

Spring is FINALLY showing up in full force over here. I'm seeing flower petals floating along on the (STRONG) winds we've been having here in the Bay Area. To celebrate this change of seasons, here is a free pattern for a scarf that I designed last year. I called it Colliding Stars after my friend Melissa, who owns a calligraphy and design business called...you guessed it - Colliding Stars.

She saw the initial sample of this scarf that I knit in some random green yarn I had in my stash. (Funny story - I bought the yarn from a fellow Ravelrer who had dyed it a bright neon green. I took it and overdyed the scarf a dark green, but I think I agitated the yarn too much so it had this sort of semi-felted look to it. Pretty interesting).

Anyway, here are a few pictures of the initial Colliding Stars scarf, and the pattern follows. You can download a pdf version of the pattern here or on Ravelry.





Colliding Stars
Denise A. F. Twum



I love simple lace patterns that can be used to whip up quick little scarves. The lace pattern I used for this scarf is “Diagonal Ridges” from “The Harmony Guides: Lace & Eyelets” book, edited by Erika Knight. Knit with worsted weight yarn on large needles, this scarf will be done in no time, and the finished product will be a light and airy scarf perfect for spring and summer outings.

Size
Whatever size you want

Finished Dimensions
8in x 80in

Yarn
Classic Elite Yarns Waterlily (100% extra fine merino; 100 yd [91m] /50g): #1919 Petunia, 2 skeins

Needles
US #13 (9mm) straight needles

Notions
Crochet Hook E/4 3.50mm
Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge
Not important

Notions
2 stitch markers

Abbreviations
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
wyif - with yarn in front
yo - yarn over

Pattern Instructions
Cast on 21 stitches (or a multiple of 5+2 stitches, and 4 edge stitches)

Setup
Knit 2 rows, keeping 2 edge stitches on each side separated by the stitch markers. Knit the first stitch on each row and the slip the last stitch purlwise on every row to create a selvedge.

Diagonal Ridges Pattern (Edge stitches not shown)
Row 1: K2tog, yo, *k3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 2: P2, *K3, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K4, k2tog, yo, *k3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: K1, *p2, k3; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 5: *K3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 6: K2, *p2, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 7: K2, *k2tog, yo, k3; rep from * to end.
Row 8: *K3, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 9: K1, k2tog, yo, *k3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 10: P1, *k3, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.


Diagonal Ridges pattern Chart- Edge stitches included


Repeat pattern until scarf is as long as you would like. Knit 2 more rows and bind off all stitches (or until there’s one stitch left on needle if you want to work the optional crochet edging).

Optional Crochet edging
1. Switch to crochet hook, chain 4 stitches, and sc to first selvedge stitch on the side.
2. Sc into next stitch, chain 3, and sc into same stitch.
Repeat row 2 all along one side of scarf and cast off.

Finishing Instructions
Weave in all ends. Soak/wet scarf and block to desired dimensions, making sure to open up eyelets so the scarf is light and airy.

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