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Buffalo Grove, IL USA

Inna Voltchkova was born and raised in Kiev, the oldest city in Eastern Europe. A trip to Chicago in 1991 introduced her to the love of her life. She moved to the Chicago area.

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Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace
Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace
Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace
Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace
Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace
Gossamer Scarf in Orenburg Style Lace

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • knit 2 together
  • yarn over
  • knit 3 together
  • garter stitches

Pattern Description:

I incorporated three of the traditional basic elements of Orenburg Gossamer Lace knitting into this scarf: Kosoryadki (Diagonals), Gorokh (Peas), and Myshini Sled (Mouse Print).
I adapted the instructions for the border teeth and corners from Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls by Galina Khmeleva and Carol R. Noble (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1998).
Diagonals is an easy element to remember and allows the creation of numerous variations of geometric shaped patterns, which is typical for Orenburg Style Lace.
This scarf has four symmetrical large diamond created by "pilki"- saw teeth pattern, in the middle of which located other diamonds - from peas and diagonals.
The Peas element is patterned on both right- and wrong-side rows. Name of pattern came about two hundred years ago... how and by whom it was invented, is not known. Peas fill up corners, form diamond shape and used extensively as greed.
Mouse Print is a tiny diamond that formed by four yarn over's and two together. In this scarf, Mouse Print decorates the diamonds in the border teeth.
I admire the beauty and mesmerizing magic of Orenburg Gossamer shawls and the puhovnitsy (knitters who create them).
I hope you do as well.
Since chart for scarf too big to print on one page, it is shown in General view and divided into the following three portions: Part A, Part B and Part C.


22 sts and 42 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in charted garter and lace patt

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • About 161/4 inches (41 cm) wide and 601/2 inches (154 cm) long


  • Needles, circular, 24 inches (61.0 cm), size 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Laceweight yarn
  • 70% pygora/30% merino yarn
  • 2 skeins of Natural
  • Rainbow Farms Pygora
  • 400 yards (365.8 m)/ 2 ounce (56.7 g) skein

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers in 2 different colors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Flexible blocking wires (optional)
  • T-pins for traditional blocking method

Suggested yarn:

750 yards of Lace weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Rainbow Farms Pygora