Shetland Lace
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Completed scarf - blocked

PATTERN                                                     Silk Version

I began work on this project 15 Feb. 08, and decided to document its progression. The pattern is finished and available for sale ($4.00, free shipping). This is a good learning tool for lace and multi-directional knitting. It is also easily adapted into a triangular shawl. All the parts are easily made longer or shorter depending on the knitter's preferences and/or needs.

Several years ago, as a favor to a yarn shop owner-friend, I knitted this scarf (not the same as the one on this page) from one of her in-stock patterns and yarn, to be used as a store model. Out of respect for copyright, I did not make a copy of the pattern to keep. All I ever did was photograph the finished scarf for my records.

I liked the finished scarf very much, but until recently, never had the urge to make another one. So anyway, I web-searched for the pattern, mostly on the Classic Elite site because it was one of their patterns, but did not find it. Neither did I find something similar. So...I'm left to attempt a recreation of sorts. Well, I won't recreate it exactly because I might as well make this "my scarf."

I did use Classic Elite's website form mail to inquire about the pattern. I received a reply. They had found a pattern that they thought might be the one. It yields a scarf 5½ feet long. I wrote back and enclosed a photo of the scarf. I received a receipt showing the message had been read, but have not yet received a reply. That's not a complaint. I thought they were very gracious in their initial reply. I do not require or desire that they put a lot of time into trying to find that old pattern.

Start of a lace project - scarf

To begin with, I am garter stitching the scarf so it is reversible. I much prefer reversible lace stuff. It took a couple attempts to get my diamonds to come out right (I don't knit a lot of lace and haven't done any lately), but they are flowing nicely now. I've also documented the design by drawing a chart of it. For future reference, it's always a good idea to keep such records of one's designs.

Regarding charts, I have to say...I love them. It is so much easier to track a lace pattern on a chart than to read through rows and rows of written instructions. I admit, when I write a lace pattern to sell, I typically provide both documentations to give the knitter a choice. That won't happen this time, however. Charts aren't just easier to read: They are easier to write.

Grid sample

If you aspire to design, building a chart on a computer is easy. Draw yourself a grid in Paint, or find a blank grid graphic out on the internet somewhere. Download it to your computer and open it in Paint. Then start charting. Personally, I make mine in Jasc Paint Shop Pro v.5.01. I make all my graphics with PSP. The version I have is painfully obsolete, but it works great--that's all I care about. (Jasc sold PSP to Corel a couple years ago.) You can probably find it on Ebay at a cost of practically nothing.

The yarn I'm using is something I bought from Bendigo Woolen Mills, Australia a few years ago. I always keep a small stash of Bendigo yarns on hand, so I have something to use when I get the urge to start a design project. I favor traditional knitting, so basic wool, cotton, silk, or linen yarns serve me very well. I also prefer delicate, elegant hand knits, so my stash is made up of sport, fingering, and lace weight yarns. No, I'm not an Aussie; I'm a Yankee. Bendigo yarns are beautiful, inexpensive, and a $40 purchase ships free--all the way across the Pacific! Don't be surprised if Customs rips the bag open, but everything has always been intact when it arrived.

This particular lace construction is done in three parts, yet is continuous. The main section of the scarf--the triangle--is knitted first. A border is then knitted along the two equal length edges, with fullness added so that it turns comfortably around the bottom point. Finally, a different lace border is knitted along the long edge. I truly appreciate the ingenuity of this construction. There are no turned-under pick-up edges; rather, the construction is entirely seamless, even though there are three parts. This, too, is reversible.

Border 1

Today is 19 Feb. 08. I have completed the inner section of the scarf and have begun the first border. The inner section knits up rather quickly. I've just had a lot of other things to attend to over the last couple of days. Then, I had to spend a lot of time developing this border and experimenting with it.

I'm developing a pattern as a I knit this scarf. I'm charting lace designs of the various sections and writing explanatory text. The pattern is close to finished, but I need to finish the scarf so I can add a photograph to the pattern. This scarf will be similar to the scarf referenced in the first paragraph. This scarf will have a double leaf border. I have no idea what the stitch count was for the diamonds on the first scarf. I believe the peaks on the first scarf were solid/no open-work.

Border 2

If one happens to be Catholic, this scarf would make a great chapel veil.

It is 21 Feb. I have completed the first border and am working the second. I felt a need to start this border with a minimal number of cast-ons, and then increase up to border size somewhat gradually, so the beginning would not be abrupt. I will reverse this when I get to the other end, for symmetry. The specific instructions are included in the pattern.

I'm excited to get this finished and blocked. Blocking will reveal the open-work much more clearly.

Unblocked finished scarf

(Check out the reeled silk version I'm working on.)

It's late night on 21 Feb. and I just finished. My ball of yarn went the entire distance, so I only had two tails to bury: the beginning and the end. The scarf weighs 5 ounces/140 grams according to my postal scale. Its unblocked measurements are 51.5 in. wide X 28 in. long. It took me about 25 straight hours to knit.

I've completed the pattern. It is a tri-fold pamphlet with a photo of the finished garment, charts of the various lace sections, and text explaining how to do it all. Price is $4.00, which includes shipping to U.S. destinations.

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