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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Flowers in the Rain

This pattern was originally published in Yarn Forward issue 6 - as the copyright arrangement with them has now expired I am reproducing it here for free and hopefully it will be available as a pdf download on Ravelry as soon as the holidays are over and everyone gets back to work. Please bear with me over formatting mismatches between Google docs and blogger and don't hesitate to leave a message if you require pattern support.

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Flowers in the Rain


Wrap up warm against those storms and chills in hope ofmilder days to come.


This pretty scarf pattern is knitted in luxurious
cashmere yarn and a bright colourway to brighten winter days and lead
the way to summer sunshine.


Flowers uses 2 lace patterns, Floral Mesh from Barbara
Walker’s 4th Treasury of Knitting Patterns and 3 variations of the Snowflake Eyelet Pattern from her 2nd Treasury. This scarf is easily adapted to a wider stole size or a narrower scarf.

Instructions for possible adaptations of the pattern are included.





Yarn: Shown here in Posh Yarn, Sophia, Sunbeam (55gms 400yds) 2 ply laceweight, 2 skeins).

Finished size: blocked 11” x 61” (Unblocked size 8” x 52”).

Guage: As this item is not fitted, gauge is not important. Use a gauge you are happy with, if it seems too tight for your tastes, use larger needles, too loose use smaller needles. If you are using a different weight of yarn your finished item size will vary and you may need more or less yarn. The scarf pictured used half of the second skein, approx. 85gms and approx. 600 yards in all.

Needles:
size 3mm, 50cm circular needles. Needles designed for lace, with tapered points make knitting easier but are not essential, straight needles are fine too.


Abbreviations:


K knit sts stitches

gs garter stitch (knit every row), ss stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side)pm place marker ssk slip slip knit through back of loopsyo yarn over
K2 tog knit 2 together
Rep repeat Sl2 K1 p2sso slip 2 stitches, knit 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over.






Instructions:

Cast on 69 sts

Knit 8 rows gs


K4, pm, knit Floral Mesh pattern (see chart), pm, K4.


The 4 stitches either side of the Floral Mesh are maintained in gs throughout, to form a border for the scarf.



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O

O
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O
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12




O
^
O
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O




10



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O
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8

O
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O
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O

O
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6

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2
3 edge stitches<-------------pattern repeat--------> 2 edge stitches

Floral
Mesh Chart



Key


O yarn over,
/ k2tog
\ ssk,
^ sl2 k1 p2sso
blank squares are knit


Lace charts are read from bottom to top and right to left on the right side rows and from
left to right on wrong side rows. This chart shows right side rows
only as all wrong side rows are purl throughout. Start with row 1, a purl row, then at the bottom right of the chart , row 2. The areas outside
the pattern repeat arrows are only knitted at the beginning and end of the row,
the area between the lines is repeated across the row 7 times in all.
So the row starts with the 2 sts outside the arrowed area, then repeat
the sts inside the lines 7 times then knit the last 3 stitches
outside the arrowed area to complete the sequence.

You may wish to insert
markers at the end of each repeat of the floral mesh as this will
make it easier to identify repeats and to count stitches to check for
mistakes.


Repeat the 12 lines of the chart 9 times in total.

Keeping the first and last 4 sts as set.

Change to the snowflake eyelet pattern.

The repeat of both patterns is over the same number of stitches so you can use the same stitch markers
between pattern repeats (if used) without having to move them.




Snowflake
Eyelet Pattern


Row
1 (wrong side) and all other wrong-side rows ---- purl.

Row

2 K4 *ssk, yo, K1, yo, K2 tog, K3; rep from *, end K1

Row

4 K5, *yo, sl2 K1 p2sso, yo, K5; rep from *

Row

6 Repeat Row 2

Row

8 Ssk, yo, K1, yo, K2 tog *K3, ssk, yo, K1, yo, K2 tog: rep from *

Row

10 K1, *yo, sl2 k1 p2sso, yo, K5: rep from *, end last rep K1

Row

12 Repeat Row 8


Repeat the 12 rows of the snowflake pattern 15 times in total.


The next lace pattern is a variation of the snowflake eyelet.

Insert 2 rows of ss between row 7 and row 8.


Remember to keep the first 4 and last 4 sts in gs.


Repeat the 14 row snowflake variation 11 times in total.

Add a further 2 rows of ss between rows 7 and 8 (4 additional rows in total). Repeat this variation 5 times in total.

Knit 8 rows gs


Cast off using a large needle to ensure a loose edge. The model was cast

off using a 6mm needle.


Block
(with wires or by threading a string along the sides and end and
stretching damp knitting, pinning out and leaving to dry. Unpin when
dry and ENJOY!




Variations.

You can make the scarf longer by adding repeats of any or all the
patterns as desired. Remember you will use more yarn. Making it
narrower or wider is achieved by subtracting or adding repeats of the
charts across the scarf. Both patterns have an 8 stitch repeat so add
or subtract multiples of 8.

If you would prefer a simpler scarf you can use any of the 3 variations of the Snowflake Eyelet pattern, either singly or combined as you choose. Adding the gs border at both sides and ends helps to prevent the scarf from curling. Or for a slightly more complex scarf you could knit it entirely in Floral Mesh. Both patterns are easily memorised and read in the knitting so either alternative will just call for stamina.

You can also make the scarf longer by adding further rows of ss between
the snowflakes to spread the design out more adding as many repeats
as you wish. Alternately add another lace pattern after the first
snowflake pattern in place of the snowflake variations used here,
e.g. any of the eyelet or honeycomb patterns would look good.


The scarf pattern, as written, produces an asymmetric design. If you
would prefer to finish the second side symmetrically you can adapt
the pattern by knitting additional repeats of the first Snowflake
Eyelet pattern to make this section longer and then repeating the
Floral Mesh. Both the lace patterns used are virtually identical
inverted. If you want to be sure they will mirror each other exactly
then you should knit until the scarf measures half your desired
length (or until half the yarn is used) and, leaving these stitches
on waste yarn, cast on and repeat the patterns so that you have two
matching, identical halves which will then need to be grafted
together using Kitchener Stitch.

Copyright © 2008 jacqui walker. This material may not be reprinted without permission of the author; this pattern may not be used to produce items for sale.For reprint permission, or technical assistance, please contact: allstitchedup.blogspot.com

2 comments:

Darkest Knits said...

This is such a pretty scarf. Thank you for sharing the pattern!

Marion said...

Thanks for the lovely pattern. Have been enjoying reading your blog and admiring the lovely dyed yarn.

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