A Gossamer Scarf by Inna Voltchkova

A Gossamer Scarf

September 2012
Lace ?
22 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in garter and lace pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
750 - 800 yards (686 - 732 m)
16 1/4 x 60 1/2 inches or 41 x 154 cm
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I incorporated three of the traditional basic elements of Orenburg gossamer lace knitting into this scarf: Kosoryadki (Diagonals), Gorokh (Peas), and Myshini Sled (Mouse Print).

I adapted the instructions for the border teeth (zubcy in Russian) from “Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls by Galina Khmeleva and Carol R. Noble “(Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1998).

Diagonals is an easy element to remember and allows the creation of numerous variations of geometric-shaped patterns, which is typical for Orenburg lace. This scarf has five large symmetrical diamonds created by the sawteeth( pilki in Russian) pattern, surrounding smaller diamonds made of Peas and Diagonals.

The Peas element is patterned on both right- and wrong-side rows. Peas fill up corners, form diamond shape, and used extensively as a grid.

Mouse Print is a tiny diamond that is formed by four yarnover and knit-two-together groups. In this scarf, Mouse Print decorates the diamonds in the border teeth.

I admire the beauty and mesmerizing magic of Orenburg gossamer shawls and the puhovnitsy (knitters who create them). I hope you do as well.