Simple in Russian Lace Scarf by Inna Voltchkova

Simple in Russian Lace Scarf

September 2015
Lace ?
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 436 yards (366 - 399 m)
12 inches wide and 58 1/2 inches long after blocking
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I designed this scarf for knitters who have just started to knit lace, especially in the Russian style, but it will captivate experienced knitters too. You only have to know the knit stitch, knit 2 or 3 stitches together, and yarnover to complete the project.

Russian lace emerged in the eighteenth century in the Orenburg region, with early styles handed down through generations and modified into perfection. This scarf is knit in one piece with traditional techniques and five of the traditional elements of Orenburg gossamer laceknitting: Diagonals (kosoryadki), Peas (gorokh), Mouse Print (myshiniy sled), Strawberry (gluckhotinka), and Beaded Way (bisernaya dorozhka). Diagonals are an easy element to remember and allow the creation of numerous variations of geometric patterns, which is typical for Orenburg-style lace. This scarf has eight symmetrical large snowflakes created by diagonals and surrounded by strawberries. Chains of Beaded Way decorate and separate the main part of the scarf from its edging. The Peas element, filling up corners, is patterned on both right- and wrong-side rows. Mouse Print decorates the border teeth.

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