Mithrandir by Amy van de Laar


January 2013
Lace ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
900 - 1200 yards (823 - 1097 m)
One size, adjustable
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A lightweight textured scarf, designed in honour of my favourite literary wizard, Gandalf the Grey.

He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which a white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, “An Unexpected Party”

The flowing and crossing columns of stitches represent a journey‘s roads, rivers, and forests, and Gandalf’s rune is tucked unobtrusively into one corner. Instead of cables, left- and right-leaning decreases create the textured pattern. The corresponding yarn-over ‘holes’ are twisted shut on the wrong-side rows, so the result is a non-lacy kind of lace knitting.

Materials: Approximately 900 yards of laceweight yarn. I used less than one skein of Vintage Purls Lace, a two-ply merino yarn, in a semi-solid grey. Fingering-weight yarn would also work well, with slightly larger needles.

Sizing: My scarf measures 200cm x 30cm. Instructions are included for customising the length and width.

Errata: In row 3 of the ‘Beginning Chart’, the first yarn-over should be an m1 increase (in order to avoid getting two yarn-overs in a row during the repeats). Thanks to ladyofrohan for pointing this out!

Pattern is for personal use only.