Kevin's Scarf


I have finally finished all my Christmas gifts now, lol.  This scarf was a request to match a hat I made last year,I won a skein of yarn!  and it actually is darker than the  picture shows.  I was able to dye it to be a very good match for the hat I made him last year.  My picture taking skills seriously lack :P.  There was no pattern, I simply cast on 36 stitches and used a 4 stitch border on each edge in a garter  stitch (so the sides won’t curl) and did a 3×2 ribbing (starting with knit 3 and ending with knit 3) between the garter border.  I used a sport weight yarn and size 6 needles (because I knit a little looser other wise I would suggest a size 7 needle).  I hope it keeps him nice and warm.

I won a skein of yarn from the Never Cast Off podcast (the link to their podcast is youtube) that I watch (their group is on Raverly.)   To participate in their give-a-ways you need to be a part of their group on the Ravelry link ;).    I was very excited to have my name chosen in the drawing.  It’s a sock weight yarn in lovely greens, called Lightning Dust (80% superwash Merino & 20% nylon – 400 yds) from V Yarns.  I have linked to her Etsy shop, she also has a Ravelry group. :)  I have decided on a shawl rather than a pair of socks for this beautiful skein.  The shawl I am leaning toward is called the Geology Shawl .  It is beautiful!  I have a blanket that I am working on , about 2/3′s finished and then that pair of socks that I am almost finished with as well, before I start anything else tho.  :)

I can’t believe it is almost Feb already.  We have had a mild winter this year (and I’m not complaining), tho winter is not over and we can still have some pretty cold weather before the end of March gets here.   But, SPRING is getting CLOSER!!!!

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Jasmine Scarf  This scarf is called the Jasmine Scarf by Pearl Soho.  I was intrigued with the pattern design.  It looks like a herringbone design and is pretty.  I’m hoping to have this done in the next week,  I am making this for a friend who just had her last round of chemo and is cold and requested a scarf.  I thought this design was pretty and wanted to use a nice warm yarn so I chose some of my prized Andean Yarns, Alpaquita Superfina.  I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to buy a full pack of 8 skeins of this yarn because it is soooo soft and squishy.  Unfortunately it is now discontinued, but I use it for special occasions :).  My friend is special :).

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Little Lace Daisy Scarf

Little Lace Daisy Scarf


This is from the Polypay fleece a friend gave me that I had processed into roving, then I spun, dyed and knit into a scarf to thank her for the fleece.  It turned out a deep sapphire blue and she really was hoping for a little lighter blue so I bought a skein of off white lace weight super wash merino to knit with the blue to help lighten it up, but it was kind of a stark marled color so since I had over dyed the blue I washed it again in hot water when I was done knitting (being careful not to felt it), and the off white soaked up enough of the blue to be a pretty light blue actually lightening the color visually.  I then soaked it in vinegar again to set the light blue color, this also finished releasing the rest of the over dye.  I will give this to her tomorrow, I’m sure she will be pleased :).

The pattern was the daisy from the Daisy Rectangular Shawl I designed (tho’ the daisy is an old Shetland lace pattern).  There was a beautiful lace weight scarf on Ravelry someone had made from the shawl pattern using one daisy up each side, but since this was sport weight yarn and she wanted a skinny long scarf I chose to just do one in the middle.  Following is the pattern, as before, you may make the scarf to give as a gift but you may not sell the pattern or give the pattern to anyone.  If someone wants the pattern, please refer them to this site :).  I hope there are no typo errors, I did check but you know how that goes sometimes.  I’m not a great pattern writer so I hope that you can read my pattern :).

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

B        = Border

K        = Knit

P        = Purl

K2tog = Knit 2 together

yo       = yarn over  Note: yo twice is a double yarn over and on the purl rows, knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo

ssk     = Slip stitch, slip stitch, knit the two stitches together (see for video of how to make the stitch)

** repeat rows between the two *’s

I used hand spun sport weight with a strand of lace weight, and size 7 knitting needles

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit 3 rows in garter stitch for the bottom border. Keep 3 stitches at both ends of each row in garter stitch for the border throughout.

Knit the next row

B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Start pattern rows

*Row 1 – B, k5, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k5, B  (on the even rows the border will still be knit but I put the B on the end so you can make sure you have the right amount of stitches before the B starts J)

Row 2 and all even rows – B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Row 3 – B, k3, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k3, B

Row 5 – Repeat row 1

Row 7 – Repeat row 3

Row 9 – Repeat row 1

Knit the next row

B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit the next row

*B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit these pattern rows until the scarf is the desired length and then end with only one knit row and one pearl row (keeping border) after the lace pattern row 9, and then 3 rows of garter stitch and bind off.

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Alapca has lovely drape!

Finally finished and blocked!

Finally finished and blocked!


Bare with me as I am not a pattern writer.  I can read them, but writing them is a different subject :).

Also please note, the daisy lace design it self is not my design and appears to be an old Shetland lace pattern, I did however design the placement on the shawl and can therefore share this pattern. You can see the original daisy triangular shawl pattern here.  It is at the top of the page on that site, you just need to click on it.

Do remember I offer this pattern for you to make the shawl, but you may NOT give this pattern out to someone else.  Please direct them to this site to share the pattern.  You may use this pattern to make gifts, or to donate to charity, note that means you may give the finished shawl, you may NOT give out the shawl pattern.  You may make a limited number (less than 10) of this shawl to sell, but you must have a note on it giving my website and acknowledging that this is my design, and again you may NOT sell this pattern, only the finished shawl.  With that out of the way, please enjoy my design.

B = border = k3
k = knit
p = purl
k2 tog = knit 2 together
yo = yarn over – note yo twice is a double yo and on the purl rows you will knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo.
ssk = slip, slip, knit  (see the following site  : )
* * = repeat between the * to end
This is a diagonal design rather than horizontal or vertical and by shifting the design on rows 13-19 over two stitches at the beginning you can probably accomplish a vertical design.  This is worked from side to side so the cast on is the width.  I used approximately a baby weight to light sport weight yarn and  size 7 needles.
cast on 112 stitches. 
Knit 3 rows for garter stitch border and keep 3 stitches on each end for border through out.
Rows 1, 5 and 9:
B, k6, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k14*, end k6 instead of 14, B
Rows 2 and all even rows – the pattern ends with row 22:
B, p to last 3 stitches, B  (please note above how to pearl the double yo’s)
Rows 3, and 7:
B, k4, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k4 instead of 10, B
Row 11:
B, knit to last 3 stitches, B
Row 13, 17, 21:
B, *k14, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk*, end k14, B
Rows 15, & 19:
B, k12, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k14 instead of 10, B
Row 21:
B, knit to last 3 stitches, B
Repeat these 22 rows until the shawl is the desired length. 
End with 3 rows of garter stitches (knit every row, keeping with the border already established) and bind off.
Hopefully I did not make any errors in writing this, if I did please drop me a line and let me know so that I can correct it on the page.

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 I’m having to repost this because the link on Ravelry for this isn’t working and I have to put in a new link.  Hope you will enjoy revisiting this scarf  that was originally posted on July 5th 2008.  



Ok, here is the little lace scarf I knit out of the red white and blue hand spun skein, shown on the right.  I used Cats Paw, a Shetland lace pattern, and as you can see I staggered the design so that it was not straight across from each other but rather looks like a cat walked on the scarf :). Since I designed where the pattern would go, I include the pattern below. It is free to use for your own use. Please do not give this pattern out to others, if someone would like this pattern, please direct them to my blog. :) It was a very quick and easy pattern to knit, and makes a great long skinny scarf. Enjoy.

Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf

Cast on 27 using size 10 needle, fingerling or sport weight yarn. You should still have 27 stitches after completing each row.

B= border stitches (always k4)

k2togtbl = knit 2 together through the back loop

Knit 4 rows then begin pattern.

Pattern rows:

Row 1 – B, k2, k2 tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

(Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 – B, p to last 4 sts, B)

Row 3 – B, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

Row 5 – B, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k to end

Row 7 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Row 9 – B, k11, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k1, B

Row 11 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Repeat these rows for pattern to length you desire, ending with knit 4 rows and bind off.

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