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February 2012 - Trellis Scarf


Vertical Lace Trellis Scarf with Optional Tie-Up

Love those long skinny scarves that wrap around and around the neck! Knitting these is a great chance to try out new stitch patterns and new yarns as well.  Patterning or variegated yarns are fun to knit up always, but the vertical lace trellis pattern is interesting enough to be done in solid colour yarns too. This scarf takes advantage of the natural tendency of the Vertical Lace Trellis pattern to curl under along the sides.  It forms a cylindrical shape that can be worn in a variety of ways.

The Vertical Lace Trellis Pattern is described in Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (the blue one) on page 191 as "a pretty openwork design" and mentions its anti-biasing advantage.

The I-Cord or spool knit tie-up is a option more decorative than necessary;  but in a colourful, shiny contrasting yarn or ribbon, it can be quite pretty. Make multiples, if desired, to create many tie-ups on your trellis;  or, with spring coming, a flower-shaped brooch or shawl pin may not be out of place.

Yarn:  Noro Kureyon (2 balls) is used here, a beautiful winter option with a worsted weight strand thickness, with Silk Garden an obvious alternative.   Vary yarn thickness, if desired, keeping in mind that a thinner yarn will produce a scarf of correspondingly smaller diameter on the number of stitches used.  2 balls (about 200 metres) of Kureyon produces a scarf length of approximately 1.7 metres on 23 stitches, so use 3 if you want one of those extra long ones.

Optional Tie-Up done in Cotton Viscose.  

Needles:  3.75 mm. straight for a knitter with average to looser knitting tension, if using Kureyon.  Match needle size to yarn used (label will indicate size recommendation),but a slightly smaller needle will make a firmer product.

2 double-pointed needles for the tie-up, size corresponding to the yarn used, in this case 2.75 mm. for the Cotton Viscose.

Vertical Lace Trellis Pattern: (odd number of stitches.)

Row 1 and Row 3 (wrong side):  Purl
Row 2:  Knit 1, *Yarn over, knit 2 together*, repeat  from *.
Row 4:  *SSK, yarn over*, repeat from *, end knit 1.
Repeat rows 1-4.

Cast on 23 stitches (or a higher odd number if increasing diameter).  

Work in Vertical Lace Trellis pattern for desired length.

Bind off.

Optional Tie-Up:  Work an I cord, on 3 stitches, about 90 cm. long.  Directions appear in our Stitch Archive for March 2006.

--Shirlene Greer