The Garden Steps Asymmetrical Scarf is inspired by the hidden grottos, rusted wrought iron and damp, moss covered stones that inhabit the shady corners of all secret gardens, both imaginary and real.
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NOTE: This original design pattern is the copyrighted property of Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits, and is intended for the personal use of the original purchaser only. Please do not reproduce or distribute this pattern (in whole or in part) without express written permission from Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits.
The finished scarf measures in at a generous 71” (180.5 cm) long, though it is a mere 13” (33 cm) in depth at its fullest part. The scarf is shaped as a scalene triangle with the ‘stepped’ part measuring approximately 49” (124.5 cm) long while the non-stepped part measures approximately 22” (56 cm) long. This shaping allows the point of the triangle to rest at the elbow area when the scarf is worn as a wrap with enough of the remaining length of each end for a fold-over tie in the front, if desired.
The Garden Steps Scarf is NOT intended to be a true shawl (rather, it is designed purely as a decorative frill) although, as pictured, it can be worn as a wrap. Please review all the pictures (I have purposely posted many views) to get an idea of its overall dimensions and size when worn.
The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.
20 stitches/28 rows to 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked.
The Garden Steps Asymmetrical Scarf is worked sideways so there are no long rows to work. Yarn overs and uniformly placed decreases are used to shape the scarf. Beads are added to the corner of each ‘step’ and add visual interest while enhancing the scarfs’ drape. Omitting the beads is NOT recommended as (aside from being an attractive finishing touch) they aid in maintaining a crisp, scalloped edge.
For best results, DO NOT work the lower ‘stepped’ selvedge edge of the scarf tightly. These stitches need ease to be successfully blocked. Blocking is essential to an attractive finished project.
To work this pattern, you will need to know:
- Knit and purl stitches
- Increase and decrease stitches – YO, K1BL, SSK, K2TOG
- Slipped stitches
370 – 380 yards (338 – 347 m) of fingering weight yarn.
A fingering weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Tonals work well, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the lace pattern.
US 6 (4 mm) 24” (60 cm) circular
Or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Stitch marker (1)
Beads (13-2 mm silver round, 39-4×6 mm faceted glass, 13-6×8 mm faceted glass)