Scarves – it was the first item I had ever knitted. I remember my first scarf – I knitted it too wide and a little short with some loopy Patons yarn. I was in Australia then and recently, I felt like going back to the basics. Scarves can be pretty complicated depending on what pattern and how you want to knit it. I kept things pretty simple with this diamond stitch pattern I got from a stitch dictionary.
The width is determined by how many stitches you casted on; in my case, it was less than 30. I must apologize for the estimation – it has been a while since I knitted this and some of the details are hazy to say the least.
Anyway, here’s the pattern for those who are interested in knitting up some diamond skinnies!
Since I started knitting, I’ve always been fascinated with lace shawls. I still remember the frustration yet excitement when I finished my first shawl and then, subsequently, the feelings that accompanied the other shawls that followed on – Shetland Triangle, Angel Lace, Swallowtail, Flower Basket and so forth. Yet, deep down inside, I’ve always wanted to knit up something to call my own and finally, after nearly two years of reading, knitting and plotting, A Leaf In A Leaf awaits.
Based on the Leaf Lace stitch from Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn A. Clark, I was inspired to add in nupps – nupps that I have seen earlier in the Swallowtail – together with this stitch, creating a tiny leaf in, well, a bigger leaf. This scarflette reminds me of the joys of spring and the colours of autumn, conjuring up vivid pictures of leaves floating gently in the breeze.
I’ve knitted this in smooth laceweight yarn (KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud) with a regularly 4.5mm needle, creating a floaty yet drapey scarflette but you can always feel free to substitute with any type of yarn with any needle size or up the number of repeats to get a medium-large shawl. The scarflette in question is available for sale here!
For you lace-knitter enthusiastic out there, have no fear, read on…
The pattern is available as a PDF download as previewed above.
UPDATE 21 Jan 2013: To download the latest version (v2.0), click on this link. Be sure to choose the file labelled with v2.0.
UPDATE 24 June 2009: A new version of the PDF has been uploaded in place of the old one. Only changes made were to the instructions for Chart A (I wasn’t very clear in the original version). To download, just click here to start the download!.
UPDATE 9 Nov: A correction was made to the chart (slip 1, k2tog, psso instead of slip 1, k2, psso). Oops. New PDF file has been uploaded, just click the link above to download!
UPDATE 12 Nov: Thanks to Cathy (I ought to send you chocs), I discovered an error in Line 1 of Chart B and subsequently Line 1 of Chart C. There shouldn’t be a center yo in each half of the pattern. Double oops. The new PDF file has been uploaded with a better (and more concise chart), so just click the link above to download!
UPDATE 2 April 09: All charts shown are for only half of the triangle. Repeat for the second half (imagine a mirror image). Beth (tangobka) has this tip – “when reversing the chart to go to the other half – SSK should become K2TOG and likewise all K2TOG should become SSK to keep the leaves on the left and right half pointing in opposite directions.”*
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