A simple pattern, by Erika Knight, that looks deceptively intricate
The intricate appearance of the lace stitches that make up this elegant scarf belies the simplicity of the pattern. With incremental decreases worked block by block, the scarf takes on a gently stepped triangular shape. I have used a very fine lightweight yarn in a deep plum shade to complement the filigree openwork stitches.
Skill level: Intermediate
In this project you will learn
● Decreasing on a stitch pattern to form a triangle
● Working with a laceweight yarn
● Double crochet
● Treble crochet
Approximately 154cm across the widest part x 79cm from centre of foundation-chain edge to tip of triangle
● Rowan Fine Lace, a lace-weight alpaca and wool yarn, in one colour: 2 x 50g balls in deep plum (Era 927)
● 4mm and 5mm crochet hooks
3½ stitch repeats and 16 rows to 10cm measured over pattern using a 4mm hook.
The starburst pattern (see detail, left) is worked over a multiple of 6 foundation chains, plus 3 extra. If you are changing the size of the triangle, be sure to start with an odd number of stitch repeats (an odd number of 6-chain groups) so that at the finish of the decreasing you are left with one repeat at the centre. Click here for the pattern chart, on page 2.
To make scarf triangle
The scarf is begun along the longest edge and decreased gradually at each side edge to form a triangle.
Using a 5mm hook, make 285 chain loosely.
Change to a 4mm hook and continue in starburst pattern as follows:
Row 1 (RS) 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, *6 ch, miss 4 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 2 3 ch (counts as first tr), miss first dc, 1 tr in next dc, *2 ch, 1 dc in 6-ch arch, 2 ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 dc; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 3 3 ch, miss first tr, 1 tr in next tr, *3 ch, 1 slip stitch in next dc, 3 ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 tr; rep from * to end, working last tr of last repeat in top of 3-ch at end of row, turn.
Row 4 1 ch, 1 dc in each of first 2 tr, *4 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 tr; rep from * to end, working last dc of last repeat in top of 3-ch at end of row, turn.
Row 5 (decrease row) Miss first dc, slip stitch across next dc and 4 ch, 1 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, *6 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc; rep from * until 4-ch and 2 dc remain, turn. 2 stitch repeats decreased.
Repeat rows 2–5 to form the scarf triangle, decreasing one stitch repeat at each end on every 4th row (every row 5) as set, until only one stitch repeat remains to be worked.
Work rows 2–4 as set, then work the last row.
Last row 1 ch, 1 dc in each of first 2 dc, 6 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc. Fasten off.
Weave in any loose ends.
With RS of work facing and using a 4mm hook, position the starting chain near you and join yarn with a slip stitch to the first slip stitch in the 5th row from the start (on the right edge of the scarf), then work edging as follows:
Round 1 *4 ch, 1 tr in inner corner formed by decrease, 4 ch, 1 slip stitch in outer corner of next block*; rep from * to * to point of the scarf, work 4 ch, 1 tr in 6-ch sp at point, 4 ch, 1 slip stitch to outer corner of same block, then rep from * to * along other edge of scarf. Fasten off. Lay scarf out flat and steam gently on wrong side.
This pattern is taken from 'Crochet Workshop' by Erika Knight, published by Quadrille (£16.99, paperback). Photos ©Yuki Sugiura.