Enchained Melody Scarf

This scarf is a combination of three very simple lace stitch patterns. I used one of my favorites, Little Lace Chain from the first Walker treasury, combined with an adaptation of another simple lace stitch pattern and a simple border.

Materials: About 450-500 yards of light-worsted-weight yarn, or yarn of your choice. I used Cascade Indulgence on size 7 needles; the blocked scarf is about a foot wide and just under six feet long. You could use a fingering-weight or laceweight yarn on smaller needles and end up with a narrower scarf; you'd probably need more yardage than I did. Knitting the pattern on any needle bigger than a 7 would probably make more of a stole than a scarf.

Of course if you wanted a stole you could widen the pattern simply by inserting one or more additional repeats of stitch patterns A and B.

The Pattern in Pictures

Little Lace Chain Chart

Chart A: Little Lace Chain   

Simple Lace Chart

Chart B: Simple Lace          

border

Chart C: Border

If you're a symmetry freak like me, you will want to make one of the twists in Chart A go to the right and the other to the left (I twisted first right and then left). The left-twisting version of Chart A is below.

Little Lace Chain Chart

The only difference is the direction of the twist.

The combination of the three lace stitch patterns repeats every 24 rows. The chart shows a full repeat of the whole width of the scarf. Note that for simplicity's sake this chart does not show the one knit stitch on row 4 of Chart A. Note also that the shaded stitches are knit on the wrong side; all other stitches (except for that one knit stitch) are purled on the wrong side.

Provisionally cast on 49 sts. Work from right to left Chart C, Chart B, Chart A, Chart B, Chart A, Chart B, and Chart C in reverse for the left border.

Chart Key

knit

Knit on odd side, purl on even side.

garter

Knit on both sides (garter stitch).

purl

Purl on odd side, knit on even side.

left twist

Left twist: knit the second st on the left needle through the back loop, then knit the first and second sts together through the back loops and slip them from the needle together.

right twist

Right twist: knit the next 2 sts together, then insert the right needle between the first and second sts and knit the first st again, then slip both sts from the needle.

yarn over

Yarn over.

k2tog

Knit 2 together.

k3tog

Knit 3 together.

ssk

Ssk: slip two sts knitwise, one at a time, then insert the left needle through the front loops of both sts and knit them.

sssk

Sssk: slip 3 sts knitwise, one at a time, then insert the left needle through the front loops of all 3 sts and knit them. Or, if you prefer, knit 3 together through the back loop.

sl1k2togpsso

Sl1, k2tog, psso: slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped st over.

The Pattern in Words

(Refer to the chart key for explanation of terms.)

Stitch Pattern A: Little Lace Chain
Row 1: K1, k2tog, yo, right or left twist, yo, ssk, k1.
Rows 2 and 6: Purl.
Row 3: K2tog, yo, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, yo, ssk.
Row 4: P3, k1, p4.
Row 5: K2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2.

Stitch Pattern B: Simple Lace
Row 1: Yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3: Yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo.

Stitch Pattern C1: Right Border
Row 1: K1, yo, k2.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: Knit.
Row 3: K1, yo, k3.
Row 5: Ssk, yo, ssk, k1.
Row 7: Ssk, yo, ssk.

Stitch Pattern C2: Left Border
Row 1: K2, yo, k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: Knit.
Row 3: K3, yo, k1.
Row 5: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog.
Row 7: K2tog, yo, k2tog.

Provisionally cast on 49 sts.

Row 1:

K1, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, right twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, left twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, k1.

Row 2 and all other wrong-side rows:

Knit the border sts and the adjacent yo (shaded in the chart); purl all other sts.

Row 3:

K1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2tog, yo twice, (ssk, yo) twice, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2tog, yo twice, (ssk, yo) twice, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1.

Note: on row 4, knit the first loop of the double yo (in italics above) and purl the second. Do the same on rows 10, 16 and 22.

Row 5:

Ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog.

Row 7:

(Ssk, yo) twice, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, right twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, left twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k2tog.

Row 9:

K1, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, k1.

Row 11:

K1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1.

Row 13:

Ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, right twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, left twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog.

Row 15:

(Ssk, yo) twice, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) three times, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, (k2tog, yo) three times, (yo, ssk) three times, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, (yo, k2tog) twice.

Row 17:

K1, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k2, yo, k1.

Row 19:

K1, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, right twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, left twist, yo, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1.

Row 21:

Ssk, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, (k2tog, yo) twice, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, sssk, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k1, ssk, yo, ssk.

Row 23:

(Ssk, yo) twice, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k1, k2tog, (yo, k2tog) twice.

Finishing

Work until the scarf is the desired length (accounting for stretch in blocking), ending with the last row of all three stitch patterns (a multiple of 24 rows). Work row 1 of all three stitch patterns.

Bind off:

Work 4 rows on the left border sts only. You should have 4 sts to start, then increase to 5 sts and decrease to 4 again.

5th row: k4, p2tog tbl (a yo and a st from the scarf body).

6th row: k1, yo, work border sts.

7th row: work border sts, p3 tog tbl (the yo, the st next to it, and one st of the scarf body).

Repeat rows 6 and 7, decreasing an extra st somewhere along the line by p4 tog tbl instead of p3 tog tbl, until you have bound off all but 5 sts. You should have just worked row 1 of the border and have 4 border sts.

Turn, sl first st, yo, and then work 3 rows of the border sts only.

Divide the remaining 11 sts onto 2 needles and graft together in garter st. This requires a little fudging since there are an odd number of sts; put the middle st where the side and top edges of the body meet with the side border sts. Use the tail to tidy a bit if necessary.

Release and pick up the live sts on the cast-on edge and bind off in the same way. You will start with row 2 of the border pattern, and you will need to pick up one extra st to bind off to make the sides symmetrical.

Weave in all ends and block.

Hints and Caveats

Lace beginners take note: the pattern is much simpler than it looks. After a few rows you can read it from the work. It may help to put markers at the stitch-pattern boundaries, shown by heavy vertical lines on the chart.

The two mistakes I made most often were working only one st in the double yo on row 4 of Little Lace Chain (Chart A), and working a ssk instead of k2 on row 5 of Little Lace Chain.

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