My Favourite Easy Lace Scarf

Kid Silk Old Shale Scarf

I have no idea where the time this week has run away to, I feel even more behind than usual and it’s only Monday?  Having promised to post this pattern up a good while ago now I thought I should finally try and get round to it.

I think it is one of the simplest and most effective lace scarf patterns which lends itself so well to lots of different yarns however, I think it looks prettiest in a mohair.  Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze is beautiful, but to be fair it is a little expensive.  Kid Silk from Austermann is the same great yarn but a little kinder on our ever-suffering pockets.

You Will Need

1 Ball of Austermann Kid Silk

5mm Needles

Darning Needle

Scarf Dimensions (unblocked)

Length 140cm/55″

Width 20cm/7.9″


There’s no specific tension for this piece – you want it to be looser than you would usually work the yarn.  For example if you’re working with a double knit and your tension is usually 22sts on 4mm (average) you would need 5mm’s.  The Kid Silk has a ‘haze’ which means it will hold much more than some other yarns, allowing you to use much larger needles than you would do normally.

I have a friend who makes this same scarf but on 8mm’s and it looks really pretty so you can experiment with your needle sizes.


k – knit

p – purl

st(s) – stitch(es)

ws – wrong side

y0 – yarn over

k2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together


Cast on 40sts loosely and work 4 rows in plain knit, this creates the garter stitch border.

The garter stitch border

1st Row – Knit

2nd Row – Purl

3rd Row – Knit the first 2 stitches, (K2tog) x 3, (yo, k1) x 6, (k2tog) x 6, (yo, K1) x6, (k2tog) x3, knit last 2 stitches.

4th Row – Knit

These 4 rows form the pattern work until scarf reaches your chosen length, remembering to leave enough yarn to knit the 4 rows of plain stitch at the end of your scarf.

Cast off loosely and sew in ends.

The garter stitch edge

By knitting the first and the last 2 stitches on every row the garter stitch border runs the whole way round the scarf.

Block if desired.

As I already mentioned I love this pattern and one of my favourite scarves was made for me by my good friend Sandra.  She used exactly the same pattern but knitted with Rico Essentials Cotton DK.

Old Shale Scarf in Rico’s Essential Cotton DK

This version was knitted in Baby Alpaca by King Cole.

Baby Alpaca from King Cole

Have a play with different weights of yarn remembering to keep your needles at least 1 size larger than the size given for the yarn.  We’d love for you to post pictures of your finished scarves up on the Facebook page

Happy Knitting!

4 thoughts on “My Favourite Easy Lace Scarf

  1. I’m making this scarf now. It’s so pretty and yes it’s easy. Very little effort for such beauty. I’m using Naturally Caron Spa Bamboo in yellow. It’s going to be a beauty. Thank you for the pattern.

    • Hi Annie
      I’m glad you love it as much as I do. I never tire of knitting it and have many scarves in many different yarns in this pattern. it also makes a great baby blanket too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.