Miss Otis Regrets by Kate Atherley

Miss Otis Regrets

April 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Pattern stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
170 yards (155 m)
One - est 48 by 9 ins if worked in Koigu, but variable based on yarn used and available yardage
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For those times when you regret not buying another skein… an engaging but quick-to-knit lace kerchief, using a surprisingly small quantity of yarn. Ideal for leftovers or those small skeins at the bottom of your stash. Suitable for knitters with some lace knitting experience.

I love a good lace edging pattern. They are interesting and fun to knit, with a pattern of increasing and binding off to create fancy edges. The ever-changing stitch count keeps you on your toes, but isn’t so difficult that you go crazy.

This pattern is created from the “Grand Eyelet Edging” in Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and it’s rather unexpected, looking almost like crochet. I’ve tweaked the plain section of the pattern to create a sideways-knit triangle.

I worked the orange and black sample with – believe it or not – a single skein of Koigu. Yes, that’s right – a decent kerchief with only 170yds of yarn! – which makes it both affordable and very, very quick to knit. It’s my favourite spring scarf with a light jacket, providing a bit of color and coverage against a breeze.

Pattern includes detailed advice on yarn selection and substitution, and both written and charted instructions are provided.