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Simple Knitting
Many of the vintage knitting patterns I have collected over the years use fine yarn, often 2-ply. I adore the lightness and look of fine yarn knitting – yes, it is slower to grow than a chunky knit, but the results are well worth the effort. Knitted in 4-ply (fingering) wool, this lacy scarf is light, smart and warm. I wear mine with my winter coat, and love the way that something so practical can also look so elegant.

For a look reminiscent of scarves from the 1930s and ’40s, I have used a classic ‘feather and fan’ lace stitch. The pattern is worked over four rows, with the ‘lace’ produced on the third row: you work two stitches together, then make new stitches to form the holes. The pattern is easy to memorize, so once you get started you can work on your knitting wherever you are, without having to refer to the instructions.

For a strikingly different look, try working this lacy scarf in stripes: the different colours will follow the lines of the pattern to form waves, which can look fabulous in the right colours.

Using 2.75 mm (US 2) needles and working in st st,
33 sts and 50 rows = 10 cm (4 in) square; this may vary
when you are working in pattern

130 × 20 cm (51 × 7¾ in)

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Posted by GMC Group Published See GMC Group's 304 projects » © 2022 Ros Badger / Mitchell Beazley · Reproduced with permission. · Creative Makers: Simple Knitting by Ros Badger, published by Mitchell Beazley, £16.99 (www.octopusbooks.co.uk)
  • Step 1

    With 2.75 mm (US 2) needles cast on 90 sts.
    Row 1 (RS): Knit.
    Row 2: Purl.
    Row 3: *K2tog 3 times, [YO, K1] 6 times, K2tog 3 times*,
    rep from * to * 4 times more.
    Row 4: Purl.
    Rep rows 1–4 until work measures 130 cm (51 in),
    ending with a K row.
    Cast/bind off.

  • Step 2

    To finish
    Sew in any loose ends. Steam iron flat but without
    exerting too much pressure so that the pattern opens up
    but you do not stretch the scarf.

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