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You're worth it and you've earned it! All those lace projects have made you ready for this one. The textural gorgeousness of this stitch pattern is worth every stitch and begs to be knit up in a luxe yarn.
This sample is in my go-to cashmere blend from Knit Picks, but would be lovely in most any luxurious worsted-weight yarn that has wonderful stitch definition.
Double orchid motifs run the length of the scarf, with twisted ribbing as the background. Each motif is a thing of beauty, with lots of visual interest created with basic lace techniques and a few that are easily learned by those who have lace knitting experience.
Fully charted and written out, you'll find that this stitch pattern challenges at first, but will quickly become easier as you see each motif take shape.
Instructions are included for a nice, warm scarf with additional instructions for a wider stole, which has five orchid columns.
Finished Blocked Measurements: Scarf (Stole) Sizes: 9 ¼ (20 ½)" [23.5 (52) cm] x 63" [160 cm]
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Capra (85% Merino Wool/15% Cashmere; 1.75 oz/50g [123 yds/112.5 m] per ball: 4 (10) balls in Cream #24974. NOTE: Although this yarn is listed online as dk-weight, it knits up as a worsted-weight yarn in this pattern due to its loose plies and softness.
Pattern Gauge: 20 sts = 3 ¾" [9.5 cm] and 26 rows = 4 ½" [11.5 cm] in Lace patt, blocked.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A worsted-weight in a soft cashmere/Merino wool blend. Yarn label suggested gauge: 20 to 22 sts = 4' [10 cm] on size US 5 - 7 [3.75 - 4.5mm] needles. While Capra is listed as a DK-weight yarn, it is knit up more like a worsted-weight yarn here. For substituting, please use a soft worsted weight (not heavy worsted).
Approximate Total Yardage Required: 492 (1180) yd [448 (1080) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: Size 9 [5.5 mm] needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE: 32" [80 cm] or longer circular needles to comfortably fit width of blanket.
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