BLOSSOM DANCE SCARF
Blossom Dance is a long lightweight scarf, delicate and modern. The special stitch used in this lace knit reminds of the intricate blossom dancing in the delicate spring sunshine.
It is a pretty fast project that has just enough complexity to keep the knitting both interesting and easy to memorize. Repeats of the pattern allow to adjust it depending on the desired length and width of a finished scarf.
3.5oz/100g of light fingering/ lace weight yarn
Can be any brand and color
Sample scarf was knit with 2 skeins of Rowan Fine Lace (1.75oz/50g, 437yds/400m, 80% baby alpaca, 20% merino), color Antique
The pattern can be modified for another yarn weight and yardage.
US 3/3.25mm needles if knitting loose, US 6/4mm or even US8/5mm needles if knitting tight
For any other yarn - use needles at least 2 sizes up from stated on the label to keep the fabric airy and light
- Tapestry needle
- Blocking mats and pins
26 sts and 30 rows in Blossom Stitch (provided in the pattern)
Is not crucial and can be changed to fit the desired yarn
- Width: 16.5”/42cm
Both the chart and row-by-row instructions are included in the pattern. My video tutorial for the Blossom Stitch ( k3 out of 3) is also available in the pattern
The neat braid-like edge of the scarf created by the slipped first stitches. The first st is always slipped as if to knit wyib, and the last st is purled.
The scarf is designed to look almost identical from both sides.
The scarf will become much bigger after the blocking. You can adjust the airiness of the lace by changing the size of your needles and knitting tension.
Cast on 69 sts using any method that gives the flexible edge (ex., the Italian Cast On ).
R1 (RS): sl1wyib, (k1, p1)x until the end of the row.
R2 (WS): sl1wyib, (p1, k1)x until 2 last sts, p2.
Repeat R1-2 for 12 rows total. Stop after completing the WS.
If you want to use all the yarn from the skein for this project, write down the weight that was used for the ribbing.
R1 (RS): sl1wyib, (yo, k1, yo, p1)x until 2 last sts, k1, p1. 135sts on the needles.
R2 (WS): sl1wyib, p1, (k1, p3)x until 1 last st, p1.
SPECIAL BLOSSOM STITCHES
k3 out of 3 - knit 3sts out of 3sts. Slip 2sts together as if to knit, pass them back onto the left needle. Knit 3sts together tbl but don't drop them off the left needle; make a yo; knit 3sts together tbl again and then drop them off.
p3 out of 3 - purl 3sts out of 3sts. Slip 2sts together as if to purl tbl, pass them back onto the left needle. Purl 3sts together but don't drop them off the left needle; make a yo; purl 3sts together again and then drop them off.
BODY OF A SCARF
R3 (RS): sl1wyib, (k3 out of 3, p1)x until 2 last sts, k1, p1.
R4 (WS): sl1wyib, p1, (k1, p3)x until 1 last st, p1.
R5 (RS): sl1wyib, p1, k1, (p3 out of 3, k1)x until 4 last sts, purl 3 out of 3, p1.
R6 (WS): sl1wyib, (k3, p1)x until 2 last sts, k1, p1.
Repeat R3-6 until the desired length of the scarf.
Stop after completing R6.
If you want to use all the yarn from the skein, continue knitting until the weight of the yarn left is just a bit larger than the weight of the ribbing you wrote down at the beginning.
Next Row (RS): sl1wyib, (p2tog, k2tog)x until 2 last sts, p2.
R1 (WS): sl1wyib, (k1, p1)x until the end of the row.
R2 (RS): sl1wyib, (p1, k1)x until 2 last sts, p2.
Repeat R1-2 for 11 rows total. Stop after completing the WS row.
Bind off very loosely (or use any other flexible method):
Bind Off Row (RS): k1, (slip st back to the left needle, k2tog tbl)x until 1st is left.
Cut the yarn leaving an appr.8”(20cm) tail and pull it through the loop of the last stitch. Weave in ends.
Wash the scarf in 30°C (86F) water and block into the shape. Moderate stretching is recommended to open up the lace
This pattern has a page on Ravelry where you can get more inspiration and share your finished knits:
For RS rows chart has to be read from right to left, and for WS rows - from left to right.