Cataraqui Scarf by Elizabeth McCarten
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Cataraqui Scarf

Knitting
January 2015
Lace ?
23 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Charted lace stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
One size as written, but easily adjustable.
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Sometimes you want a light-as-air something to throw about your neck, not really for warmth, but for pure decoration. Sometimes you want something simple enough to knit without constant reference to a complicated chart, but interesting enough to keep your attention. Thus, this scarf was born. Because every row is an “action” row, you can’t let your mind wander, but at the same time, the chart is simple enough to memorize.
While I chose to work the design in a hand-dyed merino single, there’s lots of scope here for knitting it in a crisp linen or a soft mohair, or for moving up to a fingering or even double-knitting weight. The pattern lends itself to an easy adjustment of the repeats, offering up endless options. It’s “knitter’s choice”, in the best sense, meaning that no two versions need be alike!
The very open lace pattern is sourced from Susanna E. Lewis’s “Knitting Lace”, based on a monstrous sampler in the Brooklyn Museum, and published by Schoolhouse Press.
I used only 34g of wool for the scarf as shown, a little over a third of the skein.