Soft and lacy, a free pattern . . .

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Two of my favourite things: The Johannesburg skyline and lacy scarfs in African Expressions Hope, a fingering weight kid mohair yarn.

This is my first attempt to write a pattern in almost 20 years. The last time I did, it was mostly in Afrikaans and I had a very handy dictionary with Afrikaans and English knitting and crocheting abbreviations. No internet, no access to thousands of patterns using either UK or USA terminology, a situation that can sometimes be very confusing for the hapless some-time crocheter.

scarves alone-6I fell in love with African Expressions Hope, a fingering weight kid mohair yarn, and wanted to make something lacy – ideal for a knitting and crocheting combo. This scarf pattern is not so much a design as putting together stitch patterns from 2 different books. The lace pattern is from The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches (1988 copy) and the crochet edge from Crochet and Fine Knitting by E.E. Visser (1973). Both patterns are easy, yet very effective.
I use UK terminology and for the sake of clarity also explain how to make the crochet stitches.

scarves alone-5You will need:

2 balls African Expressions Hope, 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Polyamide = 424 m

1 pair 4.5 mm needles, one 5 mm needle to cast on and off.

1 3 mm crochet hook

Knitting abbreviations

k = knit

k2tog = knit 2 together

p = purl

psso = pass slip stitch over

RS = right side

sl = slip

st(s) = stitch(es)

yf = yarn forward

Scarf

Cast on 49 sts on the 5 mm needle.

Basis row: purl with 4.5 mm en continue pattern with 4.5 mm needles.

1st row (RS): sl1, k1, *yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k3; repeat from * to last 5 sts, yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2.

2nd row: sl1 k wise, p to end.

Repeat these 2 rows 3 more times.

9th row: sl1, k4, *yf, sl1, k2tog, psso, yf, k3; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.

10th row: sl1, p to end.

Repeat these last 2 rows 3 times more.

Repeat these 16 rows till scarf measures 130 cm.

Cast off using 5 mm needle in RS row, casting off in knit.

Crochet edge

Crochet abbreviations

ch = chain stitch

dc = double crochet (Insert hook from front to back in ch space, wrap the yarn over the hook and draw it through the ch space, leaving 2 loops on the hook. To complete the st, yarn over and draw it through both loops on the hook, leaving 1 loop on the hook.)

htr = half treble (Wrap yarn over the hook and insert the hook into a knitted st in the first round, or the top of the hdc of the previous round. Wrap yarn around hook and draw the yarn through the st, leaving 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through all 3 loops on the hook, leaving 1 loop on the hook.)

ss = slip stitch

2-cl-tr = 2-cluster-treble (To work a 2-cl-tr, yarn over hook, work the first st, ommiting the last stage to leave 3 loops on the hook. Work the second st in the same way into the following knitted st to leave 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through the 5 loops on the hook to complete the cluster.)

tr = treble (Wrap yarn over hook and insert hook into space. Wrap yarn over hook and draw the yarn through the st, leaving 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over again and draw the yarn through the 1st 2 loops, leaving 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook leaving 1 loop on the hook.)

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Crochet the first round into the second knitted st from the edge.
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To ensure a flat crochet edge, you work less crochet stitches than knitted stitches by making a 2-cl-tr in every 7th and 8th knitted stitches.

Round 1: With RS facing, starting anywhere on the scarf and crochet into the second knitted st from the edge (see picture 1). Start with 2ch, then htr right around scarf in the following way: Along the long sides, (make a htr in 6 consecutive knit stitches, then a 2-cl-tr in the next 2 knit stitches), repeat to end (see picture 2). Along the short sides of scarf, make 1 htr in every knitted stitch. In the corners, 2htr in corner, 2ch, 2htr in same knit stitch. Continue till first row is completed, join with ss.

Round 2: Continue in the same direction with RS still facing, 3ch, *skip 1 htr, 1htr in next htr, 1ch*, rep from * – *. Count the spaces created thus so that all four sides of the scarf has a multiple of 4 + 2, excluding the corner space. To achieve this, you will have to manipulate the number of spaces by sometimes either not skipping a htr to make a space or by skipping 2htr to create the correct number of spaces. Make sure that the opposite sides of the scarf have the same number of spaces. In corners, 1htr in ch space, 3ch, 1htr in ch space. Join to beginning of row with ss and cut yarn off. Tip: count the number of htr in row 1 before you start with row 2 to work out how many spaces you will be able to create.

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Join yarn in first space after any of the 4 corners and dc into 1st 2 spaces after corner.

 

Round 3: RS facing, join yarn in 1st space just after any of the 4 corners. (See picture 3.) Dc into 1st 2 spaces after corner, (1htr into next htr, 2tr into next space, 1tr into next htr, 3ch, 2htr into same tr as 3ch, tr into same htr in second round, 2tr into next space, 1htr into next htr, 1dc into next 2 spaces) to end. In corners 1htr into next htr, 3tr into corner, 3ch, 2htr into same tr as 3ch, 3tr into same corner, 1htr into next htr, 1dc into next 2 spaces, continue in pattern to end, join with ss, cut off yarn.

After some of you struggled to understand the instructions for Round 3, I added some new pictures here to illustrate this part: 3ch, 2htr into same tr as 3ch, tr into same htr in second round:

Let me know if it helps! My contact details are at the top of the blog page, under MENU.

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The pin shows where the hook should go for “2htr into same tr as 3ch”

 

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This is the first of the “2 htr”….
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… and the second of the “2 htr”….
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And finally, “tr into same htr in second round”.

 

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2 thoughts on “Soft and lacy, a free pattern . . .

  1. Thank you for sharing! I just (happily) stumbled across your blog, and with two balls of exactly this yarn, bought 6 months ago in my bedside table to force me to look at it everyday until inspiration struck… And it has!

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