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Road Not Taken

Knitting
April 2008
Lace / 2 ply ?
20 stitches = 4 inches in chart lace stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
400 yards (366 m)
8" x 60"

Pattern Description: “I originally published this scarf pattern with the name Zigzag Lace Scarf. Not very imaginative for the conceptual nature of this book! When trying to come up with a more creative name, I started thinking about all the choices we face in our knitting and the roads we take along the way. I let my test knitter surprise me when she knit the merino handspun version with her choice of row repeat. She decided to use the full 20-row repeat, saying she was an overachiever. It was then that I realized that the zigzag pattern represents the different directions and roads that we can take with knitting and spinning. I am always thinking of alternate versions of garments and wonder just how many different roads could be explored. Small projects such as this scarf allow unlimited possibilities. So many choices, so many roads to take.”

Skill Level: Intermediate Beginner

Finished Measurements: Approximately 8” (20.5cm) x 60” (152.5cm) after blocking

Yarn: #1 super fine

  • 400 yds (366m) lace or fingering weight
  • 1 skein Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace, 4 oz (114g) skeins, each approximately 1250 yds (1143m), 50% silk, 50% wool, Tuscany

Needles & Notions:

  • US size 6 (4mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle

Note: Choose your own road by working all 20 rows of the chart or just working rows 1-10 for main pattern.

Two versions are shown and described -- one of handspun moorit in a fine fingering weight, and one in Lorna’s Laces “Helen’s Lace” that is airier. Since the book, “A Fine Fleece”, is about using your handspun yarns, but contains commercial substitutions, I used the handspun info here.

This pattern is a variation on the designer’s previously published Zigzag Lace Scarf.