Whimsical by Leslie Weber
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Whimsical

Knitting
July 2011
Lace ?
20 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch plus one 2-row pattern repeat, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1900 - 2000 yards (1737 - 1829 m)
12" x 60" / 30 x 150 cm after blocking
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

A simple scarf using three strands of alpaca laceweight in three colours. The strands are held together in shifting combinations. The result is an asymmetrical arrangement of colour “blocks”. Of course you can rearrange the colour combinations and number of repeats in each block as you wish…. You can also easily increase the size to make a shawl, with appropriate yardage. The piece is knitted on 5mm / US 8 needles for a light, open fabric with lots of drape.

Concerning yarn choice: It’s preferable to combine colours from a single yarn line, as this way the gauge is sure to remain constant from section to section. The quantities specified in the pattern are based on the original scarf, which was knitted from available stash, and thus they do not correspond to the yardage which you would have to hand if purchasing yarn specifically for the project. It would be lovely to make the piece longer than 60 inches / 150 cm!

Skill level: The success of the piece depends upon the knitter’s ability to knit smooth, even stocking stitch with 3 strands held together. If you hate purling, this may not be the pattern for you.

“K1, p1 into the next stitch” : This means that you will knit into the stitch and then without slipping the stitch off the needle, purl into the same loop. You do not need to purl into the back of the stitch. Move yarn to front, purl the strand which is stretched between your needle tips, and re-position yarn to back. The purpose of working twice into the same stitch is to re-achieve the original stitch count which was reduced by one-half on the previous row.