Square Sequence Scarf/Shawl

Last summer when it was too hot to knit with wool, I knit several cotton scarves using the same pattern. The lower two in the image have been blocked, but the top one has not.

After some enquiries about the design, I knit the pattern again using a sock yarn (80% wool, 20% nylon) and wrote it out more carefully.

The finished sock yarn version uses two repeats each of the second and third pattern units. It was soft blocked and is 122 cm/48 in wide by 45 cm/18 in high. It weighs 56 grams, or just under 2 ounces, but I don’t know the yardage. You could use any yarn that was wearable next the skin of the recipient. (I can tolerate wool that many would consider ‘scratchy’.) Just remember that to get a nice open lace pattern, you need to use needles larger —about two sizes up— than are normally recommended for the weight of your yarn.

If you would like to try knitting it yourself, you can download Square Sequence Scarf:Shawl. I have never before written out a knitting pattern for others to use (other than stitch charts), so Be Warned. If you have never knit lace before, I suggest you try this free pattern by Dee O’Keefe instead. It has detailed explanations of absolutely everything!

Just a few tips:

When casting on, I start with a slip knot that can be removed by pulling on the free end. I cast on one more stitch than is called for (counting the slip knot) and pull out the slip knot after I have knit a row with the correct number of stitches.

I like to make a tab for starting my shawls and scarves because I like having more than one stitch in the borders and spine. I have written out the instructions in the pdf, but for extra clarity here are some pictures.

Ten rows have been knit for the tab and you are ready to pick up six stitches.

Six stitches have been picked up by picking up one stitch through the small loop at the end of each garter ridge and two stitches from the cast on edge.

The first two set-up rows have been knit. You can just make out the two purl stitches (stitch four and stitch eight) up against the needle in the last row.

When working with wool or silk, I find that the tab becomes almost invisible. With the corded cotton I was using last summer, there is a very slight dip in the upper edge of the knitting after blocking, but it was not too pronounced.

The pattern includes an option for creating garter stitch within the pattern before beginning the garter stitch edging. I like to do this to help prevent the lower edge of the knitting from curling. If you are working with a yarn that has no tendency to curl at the edge (most silks and cottons), then you don’t need to add that extra fussiness.

I often use Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off for scarves and shawls. You can find pictorial instructions here. There are also multiple videos on Youtube.

Please let me know —use the Contact form— if you try out the pattern and you get into difficulties that seem to be my fault. I am not responsible for dropped stitches or knitting the wrong row, except when I do it to myself.  ; ]

In local exhibition progress news:

I chose this week to post the knitting pattern because I am working on another white backing, this time for a work called “I’ve looked at clouds.” It is at the final gluing stage, but you have seen that before, either here or on Instagram.

This may be the final layout for the panels, but I will give it another day or so before making my final decision and doing the printing.

Perhaps I will have something even more interesting to show next week.

In book arts news:

Tomothy Ely has a new post up on his blog, discussing Scale.

You can find the post here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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