Kotobuki by Margaret Kendall
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July 2015
Lace ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Single Crochet with Freia Ombre Lace
2.75 mm (C)
470 - 645 yards (430 - 590 m)
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Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate Level
U.S. Terminology is used throughout.

壽 Kotobuki 寿 longevity

Kotobuki combines traditional filet crochet with triple crochet petals in a lacy, open pattern. The infinity scarf is intended to be wrapped around the neck twice. The wider version was designed to work through the color progression in a single ball of Freia Ombre Lace. The design works equally well with a single-colored yarn or a combination of laceweight leftovers.

The Moebius construction allows the colors to build from the center out, mirrored to the border.

Instructions for a modification for a narrower version are included along with two methods of establishing the Moebius twist. A single layer cowl can be made by starting with half the stated fsc sts.

This is an Intermediate to Advanced Intermediate Level project due to the set-up rounds. This project is worked in laceweight yarn and begins with just over 400 foundation single crochet stitches. The first two rounds require patience and attention to detail. If you are interested in a fingering weight Moebius cowl that doesn’t begin with fsc, take a look at Kaoru.

Required Skills
Ability to work foundation single crochet(fsc)
Ability to manage and join a long chain of fsc without twisting
Cluster stitches
Filet crochet
Working in the round
Chain, single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, slip st.

U.S. Terminology is used throughout.
Complete written instructions included.
The pattern is fully charted, but reading the instructions for Rnds 1-2 will provide guidance on the set-up.
If using the Alternative start which allows for 1/2 row to be worked flat before joining to work in the round, you will need to use written instructions for Row/Rnds 1-2.

Finished Dimensions
Wide Version with Freia Ombre Lace:
60”(152.5 cm) circumference x 12”(30.5 cm) width
Narrow Version with Freia Ombre Lace:
60”(152.4 cm) circumference x 9 ½”(24 cm) width

28 stitches x 40 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in sc worked flat using a C (2.75 mm) hook and Freia Ombre Lace

Achieving exact gauge is not critical in this pattern; however, working at a looser gauge may require more yardage.

Shown in -
Wide Version:
Lace weight yarn 645 yd (590 m)
Model features Freia Ombre Lace; 75% Wool, 25% Nylon; 645 yd (590 m) per 2.64 oz (75 g) ball; color: Valentine; 1 ball

Narrow Version:
Lace weight yarn 470 yd (430 m)
Model features Malabrigo Lace (100% Baby Merino wool; 470 yd per 50 g skein), color: 27 Bobby Blue; 1 skein
Note: Malabrigo Lace is a finer weight yarn than Freia Ombre Lace. Finished dimensions are 56″ (142 cm) x 8” (20.5 cm). Gauge is 32 stitches x 40 rows = 4” (10cm) using a C (2.75 mm) hook.

Additional Materials
19-20 Stitch Markers

PDF Update
The Kotobuki24Sep15.pdf update includes additional information, not changes or corrections to pattern.

  • Round 2 (dc, ch 2) counts added on Pages 3 and 4.

  • Seamed and alternative seamless Round 1 and 2 step-by-step instructions, illustrated with charts, have been added on Pages 7-10.