For the first 2 parts of my infinity scarf read my post here.
The third part of my scarf I’m knitting a lace leaf pattern.
This is a pattern I found at this website (which is in Russian…. and unfortunately I can’t read Russian, but fortunately I can read knitting charts, and this one is not too hard!)
I did make a translation to English and it seems to work out – I’ve changed the chart to symbols I’m more used to, also adding the wrong side rows.
Here’s the chart for part 3 (read on below for tips and written instructions if you prefer those). For a shorthand version of the whole pattern go here.
This part has a garter stitch border of 3 stitches on each side, so the first and the last 3 stitches are knitted on every row. I did also slip the first stitch of each row, purlwise with the yarn at the back, to make a neater edge.
Start the chart in the bottom right corner. We are repeating the part in red 3 times on each row. The right side rows (odd numbers) are read from right to left, wrong side rows (even numbers) are read from left to right.
If you are new to knitting lace, then use a lifeline every few rows, and count the number of stitches after each row – there are no changes in the stitch count on any row – you should always have 48 stitches (including the yarn overs).
The wrong side rows are “work each stitch as it lies” that means if it was a purl in the previous row (or a purl decrease), it’ll be a knit in this row, and if it was a knit (or a knit decrease) in the previous row, it’ll be a purl in this row – if you can read the stitches then you don’t need to look at the chart – purl the ones where you see a bump next to the needle, knit the ones which look flat. The yarn overs are purled in the bottom half of the pattern and knit in the top half.
The picture below is row 8 (wrong side) before I’ve worked it. On this row, after the garter border, you knit one stitch, then purl 11, then knit 2 – so the three knits you see in the picture are the end of one repeat and beginning of the next. The yarn overs are in the middle of the purl 11 section – you can see one slanting to the left, the other one is a bit bunched up between 2 purls, but if we were to stretch it out on the needles you’d see it is also slanted to the left. All the yarn overs on this row are purled because it’s in the bottom half of the pattern.
Leaf pattern written instructions:
k2tog: knit 2 together
ssk: slip slip knit
p2tog: purl 2 together
p2togtbl: purl 2 together through the back loops
Row 1 [RS]: K3, (P5, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, P4) x 3 times, K3
Row 2 [WS]: K3, (K4, P5, K5) x 3 times, K3
Row 3 [RS]: K3, (P4, k2tog, K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, SSK, P3) x 3 times, K3
Row 4 [WS]: K3, (K3, P7, K4) x 3 times, K3
Row 5 [RS]: K3, (P3, k2tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, SSK, P2) x 3 times, K3
Row 6 [WS]: K3, (K2, P9, K3) x 3 times, K3
Row 7 [RS]: K3, (P2, k2tog, K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, SSK, P1) x 3 times, K3
Row 8 [WS]: K3, (K1, P11, K2) x 3 times, K3
Row 9 [RS]: K3, (P1, k2tog, K4, yo, K1, yo, K4, SSK) x 3 times, K3
Row 10 [WS]: K3, (P13, K1) x 3 times, K3
Row 11 [RS]: K3, (K1, yo, p2tog, K9, p2togtbl, yo) x 3 times, K3
Row 12 [WS]: K3, (K2, P9, K2, P1) x 3 times, K3
Row 13 [RS]: K3, (K1, yo, p1, p2tog, K7, p2togtbl, p1, yo) x 3 times, K3
Row 14 [WS]: K3, (K3, P7, K3, P1) x 3 times, K3
Row 15 [RS]: K3, (K1, yo, p2, p2tog, K5, p2togtbl, p2, yo) x 3 times, K3
Row 16 [WS]: K3, (K4, P5, K4, P1) x 3 times, K3
Row 17 [RS]: K3, (K1, yo, p3, p2tog, K3, p2togtbl, p3, yo) x 3 times, K3
Row 18 [WS]: K3, (K5, P3, K5, P1) x 3 times, K3
Row 19 [RS]: K3, (K1, yo, p4, p2tog, K1, p2togtbl, p4, yo) x 3 times, K3
Row 20 [WS]: K3, (K6, P1, K6, P1) x 3 times, K3
Repeat the leaf pattern until you are nearly out of yarn and at row 20 (finishing on the WS).
Finish off with 2 knit rows and then cast off.
Block your work to show all the nice patterns and lines – I did this with a steam iron rather than wet blocking – I hovered over my work with the steam on the iron and then tugged it out a bit and repeated a few times.
Then finally just sew the two ends of the infinity scarf together. You could also leave the two ends, add some tassels and make it into a long scarf – I like the loop style for keeping my neck warm.