A Snowflake Scarf
(from pattern as published in Piecework magazine):
The lace knitters of Orenburg historically have embraced the Snowflake (Snezhinka) design as one of their most treasured motifs. It symbolizes their love and respect for nature in general and the beauty and splendor of Orenburg winters in particular. The Snowflake motif may be found in almost every piece of lace produced in this region, typically on the inner border of a five-diamond or medallion shawl.
In this variation of the Snowflake motif, I chose to use diagonals as the featured basic element. Small diamonds, also made from the diagonal basic element, surround each snowflake. I find the Snowflake motif one of the most satisfying and enjoyable to knit and perhaps the most elegant feature of Orenburg lace design. I hope you have as much fun with this design as I did. Happy knitting!