Greek Key Lace Scarf by Jay Petersen

Greek Key Lace Scarf

May 2008
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 3 - 3.25 mm
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Note that the double increase has you knit into the back, then the front of the stitch, not into front then back as is usually done.

It’s the increase that Barbara Walker invented for her stitch Treasuries. Here’s how she describes it in Charted Knitting Designs (which got me started on the whole charting thing):

Central Double Increase—(k1-b, k1) in one stitch, then insert left-hand needle point behind the vertical strand that runs downward from between the 2 sts just made, and k1-b into this strand to make the 3rd st of the group.

I like it because it holds together tightly the three new stitches. It also matches pretty well the corresponding double decrease.

There must be a video on YouTube somewhere on how to perform it, though ideally I would sit next to you and show you how it’s done!

2010-09-28 A sharp-eyed Ravelry user found errors in row 8 of the chart. The first and last symbols are incorrectly formed, and should be the same as the first and last symbols of row 6.

2010-08-19 As requested by a Ravelry user, I added a PDF file with a rotated version of the main pattern chart. This should print with bigger symbols on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and should be easier to read.

Note that I have a loose gauge, and I usually use a needle 2 sizes smaller than recommended. Use whatever gets you a fabric you like. In the pattern chart is a small chart for a swatch so you can practice the different stitches (some of them non-standard) and see if you like the fabric produced by the needles and yarn you’re trying out.

Recommended for intermediate lace knitters. There are a few stitches that I made up, nothing that you wouldn’t recognize as knit stitches…