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Anyone familiar with 'The Sartorialist', the blog authored by NYC photographer Scott Schuman, will understand my urge to knit and wear as many scarves as possible. The subjects of his photographs -- who sport scarves not only in cold weather but literally year round -- are so unfailingly stylish and interesting, that it's hard not to feel inspired after viewing their photos.

Lace Ribbon was meant as a portable project. Its pattern is easily memorized and a breeze to work on in otherwise wasted moments. It's also ideal for those of us who do not always have a pair of socks on their needles!

model: Isabella Geddes photos: Veronik Avery


Width: 10 inches
Length: 80 inches

Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox [60% alpaca / 20% merino wool / 20% nylon; 450 yd/412 m per 100 g skein]; color: Sky; 2 skeins
Note: 1 skein will produce a scarf approx. 60 inches long.
Recommended needle size:
1 set US #3/3.25mm straight needles
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

21 sts/34 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, unblocked


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

2yo (Double yarn over): Wrap yarn twice around right needle, bringing yarn between needles to front of work, then over right needle to back of work, each time. On the following (WS) row, work [p1, k1] into each 2yo.

Lace Ribbon Pattern (Worked over a multiple of 9 sts + 8):

Odd-Numbered Rows 1-9 [RS]: K2, [ssk, 2yo, k2tog, k2tog, k3, yo] to last 6 sts, ssk, 2yo, k2tog, k2.

Even-Numbered Rows 2-24 [WS]: K2, p2, k1, [p8, k1] to last 3 sts, p1, k2.

Row 11 [RS]: K2, [ssk, 2yo, k2tog, k5] to last 6 sts, ssk, 2yo, k2tog, k2.

Odd-Numbered Rows 13-21 [RS]: K2, [ssk, 2yo, k2tog, yo, k3, ssk] to last 6 sts, ssk, 2yo, k2tog, k2.    

Row 23 [RS]: Work as for Row 11.

Repeat Rows 1-24 for Lace Ribbon Pattern.


Loosely CO 53 sts.

Work in Lace Ribbon Pattern until work measures 80 inches or desired length, ending with Row 24 of pattern.

K 2 rows. Loosely BO all sts.



Weave in all ends.

Soak scarf in lukewarm water for at least 20 minutes.

Squeeze out water gently, then roll in clean towel.

Block by pinning damp scarf on a flat surface.

Allow to dry completely.


Veronik is a freelance designer and the author of ‘Knitting Classic Style’ (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007).

She can be found online at and keeps a blog here.