"Heracles" a lace scarf by Andres P. Nevarez
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"Heracles" a lace scarf

April 2014
Lace ?
12 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
Various Sizes, Small Medium and Large
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Heracles name comes from Hēra, “Hera”, and kleos, “glory”, born Alcaeus, was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, and the ancestor of royal clans.

A lace scarf in my series of Men lace attire. It is a unisex item and a timeless piece. It has strong, yet delicate, lines to appease the muses. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.

This project may be any size. You may use different yarns and different size needles. It is a fun project. I have found that it is always good to count your stitches. Whenever I am missing a stitch it is usually a yarn over that fell off. You will always have 41 stitches.


Yarn: Wollemeise Lace Garn (75 gms) , 435 yds.

Needles: US 6 4.0 mm

Gauge: 12 stitches and 14 Rows = 2 inches


Stitch markers (recommended)

Blocking (stainless) wires, boards and pins.

Blocked to 74 inches by 13 inches. At 19 repetitions of main pattern.


I always use a wet blocking method for lace. This method involves giving the project a little soak in a sink or tub of lukewarm water with a little bit of wool wash, maybe some vinegar if you are worry about color bleeding. This relaxes the fibers and gets them ready to be stretched. I have to give you a warning about blocking wires and pins. It is very important to buy stainless steel wires and pins to avoid rust marks on your project.

Once it is done soaking, I use a towel that is dark or the same color as the project to blot the excess water from it.

Lay the project out on your blocking surface. Look at your project carefully while you lay it flat. I usually begin by using the blocking wires and securing the edges, beginning to pin as I go. This will shorten your item some. I secure the left and right edges to the board with pins. Once this is done, focus on the corners, stretching the project out to the desired size as I go. This pattern in particular is blocked to about 76 inches by 13.5 inches when wet.

Your project may be different due to the amount of repetitions you make or if you have used a different gauge yarn or have more or less repetitions of the main pattern than the scarf on the Main Picture.
Using blocking wires makes it easier to block the garment and you need less pins. I pin the top and bottom edges once I am happy with the width of the garment. I make sure it is as straight as possible. As you work, check that you’re stretching the garment evenly. Being consistent and maintaining the same width and length across the project.

Once pinned, to the size required, let the lace dry completely before removing the pins. This usually takes a few hours to overnight. When your lace project has been blocked, you’ll see the pattern that you expected and the beauty of the design will shine through in a way it never could have if have not block the lace. I have taken a lot of care to personally test the instructions and the charts and found it to be free of mistakes. I was assisted in the design and creation of these charts by Intwined Studio Software. If you find a mistake, feel free to contact me.