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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Lace Sampler Scarf

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Lace Sampler Scarf
Lace Sampler Scarf
Lace Sampler Scarf
Lace Sampler Scarf

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic understanding of different ways to dec for lace
  • basic understanding of YOs
  • understanding of how to read a pattern and/or chart

Pattern Description:

I designed this scarf for a lace-workshop I recently had at the farm from which the cashmere comes. Five classic lace stitch patterns come together in this scarf knit in pure cashmere. A great learning tool about knitted lace, this sampler scarf includes:

Crest of the Wave Lace
Miniature Leaf Lace
Pearl-barred Scallop
English Mesh Lace
Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib

The scarf is worked from one end to the center back neck; stitches are placed on hold and the other half of the scarf is worked from an end to the center back neck. Neck sts are grafted, 3nbo, or sewn together to complete the scarf.

There are 5 different stitch patterns (plus the k1p1 rib at the back neck) which should be done in order given so that the scarf "matches" without being an exact match. Please note that stitch-pattern 3 (Cloverleaf Eyelet Rib) is repeated on both sides of the scarf.

The first st is ALWAYS slipped as if to purl, and the last st is ALWAYS knit. The resulting selvage edge (leaving a neat loop on each end) is NOT included on the charts/stitch pattern directions so remember to slip the first st of EVERY row.


23sts x 21 rws = 4" lace st (blocked)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size -- 56" long x 6-3/4" wide


  • approx 210 yards of fingering weight cashmere (or other animal fiber with a slight halo)
  • stitchmarkers to mark repeats (if needed)
  • US #8 needles (circs or straights)

You Will Also Need:

  • lace blocking wires will help give nice straight edges

Suggested yarn:

210 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Spring Gate Farm's 100% Cashmere


natural white