L'esprit de l'escalier by Sybil R
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L'esprit de l'escalier

by Sybil R
August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 20 rows = 2 inches
in Garter Stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
547 - 574 yards (500 - 525 m)
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L’esprit de l’escalier was designed in July 2017 after I paid a visit to the Rohrspatz & Wollmeise store in Pfaffenhofen/Ilm while I stayed with a friend in Bavaria.

It’s a scarf that is knitted sideways – mainly in garter stitch with an easy lace pattern. It is designed to be knitted with one skein of Wollmeise Pure (or 150 grams of another fingering weight yarn). If you want yours to be bigger, you will need more yarn – in fact, I had to frog nearly half of my scarf, because I knitted one increasing tier too many.

I wanted something simple to show off the beautiful colors of this yarn, but not too boring to knit, so I included some lacy rectangles. The lower edge forms a staircase pattern - hence the name „L’Esprit de l’escalier“ (or staircase wit).

To knit this scarf, you need to know the following techniques:

  • Garter stitch
  • Yarn Over
  • K2tog
  • Knitted Cast-On

Blocked the finished scarf measures about 165 cm from side to side. At its widest point (in the middle) it measures about 39 cm in width.