Geschenk by Rosemary (Romi) Hill


September 2012
handspun yarn - laceweight
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in lace pattern - gauge varies by yarn weight
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
230 - 400 yards (210 - 366 m)
variable - shown in small dk, medium laceweight and large fingering
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

There are alternate charts available for download from this Ravelry page - they are meant to be used WITH the Knitty pattern and not as stand-alone charts. These are in the format I generally use: symbols are charted as you knit them rather than as you see the pattern from the front. I think they are much easier to follow for lace patterns worked on both sides. Enjoy!

Please note that the charts are asymmetrical.

This pattern is written for any weight of yarn and for varying yardages. The scarf size is knit with 230 yards of dk weight yarn.

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From the pattern:

Through Ravelry, I had the good fortune to “meet” an incredibly gifted and generous crafter who is in the habit of spinning and knitting gifts, then sending them to lucky recipients all over the world from his home in Germany. Last year for my birthday, Jürgen sent me some gorgeous spindle spun silk in vibrant orange (he also sent me a beautiful spindle)! Enclosed was a note saying - among other things - that he wished I might design something for small amounts of laceweight yarn, as he had several 2-ounce portions of fiber, both spun and unspun, and nothing to do with them.

I thought for a long time about his request, trying to devise a versatile design that would make the most of small amounts of precious handspun. It needed to be a little out of the ordinary, and of course it needed to be lacy to maximize yardage. Finally, it all came together.

Introducing Geschenk - German for “gift” - a wide and shallow shawl worked from the bottom up. Based on a historic lace stitch pattern, Geschenk can accommodate many different yarns, changing its personality to suit each length and weight as a scarf or a shawl. Three different weights of yarn - all gifts to me - are presented as examples. And now: Knitty and I present to you your Geschenk; wear it in health and well being. Pass it forward.

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