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Lacy Dropstitch Scarf, Beginners Knitting Pattern

Quick Overview

This is an easy little scarf to learn how to use drop stitches as a design feature. Make it as long or short, or narrow or wide as you like.


Normally the last thing you want to do is drop a stitch. Well, with this lacy scarf that's exactly what you'll do! Dropping a stitch is harder than you may think, it takes awhile to work the stitches out all the way down the scarf. This technique creates a beautiful ladder all the way through the scarf giving it an almost woven look.


Use this technique for anything from knitted curtains to let a bit of light through. Or to jazz up a plain stockinette stitch sweater, you can even drop the stitch different lengths down the sweater to create a design (at the end of the 'run' just sew it with matching thread to keep it from running further).


To get started with the technique try it on a simple scarf, this is a digital pattern in PDF format, so once you complete payment you will be able to download it immediately.


You will need:
500 Yards of a DK weight Yarn (sample is shown in Prism, #21 Peridot colorway)
US 6 Needles for the main scarf
US 9 Needles for binding off, or just bind off very loosely
9 Locking Stitch Markers


Basic Skills You Will Use:
Knit, Purl, Cast on, Bind off yarn over, slip one as if to purl, Pass slip stitch over last stitch


28 stitches = 4" Gauge is not all that important for this project.


Finished Measurements:
Before drop: 2" X 59" After drop: 4" X 62"


Additional Recommended Yarns:
Here are some other yarns that work well for this project, what I DON'T recommend is using a hairy yarn or a yarn where the fibers grab at eachother. That will make it very difficult for you to run your dropstitch.

Prism Yarn by Mary Maxim - Self Striping, in striking colors
Merletto Yarn by Louisa Harding
- Comes in delicate solid colors with a satin sheen.

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Project Type Scarf
Yarn Weight DK Light Worsted
Designer Yarn Designers Boutique

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