Ene's Scarf by Nancy Bush

Ene's Scarf

September 2004
Lace ?
11 stitches and 18 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
700 yards (640 m)
32"/81.5cm from bottom of point to top edge, 56"/142cm measured across top edge, 40"/101.5cm measured along side (before blocking)
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Pattern Description from Scarf Style: “Nancy Bush named her scarf in honor of her Estonian friend Ene Sokk. Nancy traveled to Estonia with Ene and her family in November of 2002 and remembers enjoying the hours she spent walking on snowy cobblestone streets where a warm scarf such as this one would have come in in handy. Nancy’s triangular scarf is based on traditional shawls from the seaside town of Haapsalu where local women have been knitting lace garments from sheep’s wool since the early nineteenth century. While Nancy worked on her shawl, she listened to recordings of Estonian choir music and folk songs. The shawl is worked by casting on for the two sides and working to the center of the top edge. Four decreases are made on every decrease row; two are made just inside the border on the outer edges of the triangle and a double decrease is worked along the center axis.”

Finished Size: About 32” (81.5 cm) from bottom of point to top edge, measured straight up the center, 56” (142 cm) across the top edge, and 40” (101.5 cm) from bottom of point to top edge, measured along the side, before blocking.

Yarn: Blackberry Ridge Lace Weight Silk Blend (75% wool, 25% silk; 350 yd (320m)/ 2 oz (57) g): willow, 2 skeins.

Needles: Size 6 (4mm): 32” (80-cm) or longer circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; coilless safety pin or removable marker; 2 double-pointed needles (dpn) the same size or smaller than the main needles for working three-needle bind-off.

Gauge: 11 sts and 18 rows = 2” (5 cm) in St st.


  • This scarf is cast on along the lower two sides and then decreased as it is worked upwards to the center of the top edge.

  • The sections of the scarf inside the border markers have four decreases on every RS row (one decrease inside each border marker, and a double decrease centered in the middle of the scarf). Rows 23, 27, and 31 of Chart 2 are exceptions to this rule, and have six decreases each. Rows 23 and 31 have an extra single decrease just inside each border, and Row 27 has an extra k2tog on either side of center that is not paired with a yarnover. Row 179 of Chart 4 has only the centered double decrease.

  • If desired, you can change to a shorter circular needle (optional) as the number of stitches decreases.