‘Bahaar’ is a light stole featuring a lace stitch pattern worked over a multiple of 13 stitches and 18 rows.
I used a little more than 2 skeins, or approximately 600 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering, to knit a 12.5-inch wide and 68-inch long stole (longer than average). A slightly shorter version can be knit using 2 skeins or less.
To make a wider shawl, just cast on more stitches and work 7 or 8 horizontal repeats of the pattern between the garter stitch borders.
Yarn – I used approx. 2.20 skeins or 600 yards of the Cascade 220 Fingering in the ‘Buff’ colorway.
Needles – A pair of US size 6 (4 mm) needles for knitting; US size 8 (5 mm) needle for casting on loosely (optional)
- 4-5 Stitch markers (if using)
- Blocking pins / wires
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge (after blocking) – 23 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches, measured over the Bahaar lace pattern
Finished dimensions – 12.5 inches wide and 68 inches long
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
- YO – yarn over
- k2tog – Knit 2 together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit the 2 slipped stitches together
- (s2, k1, psso) – slip two stitches together as if to knit; knit 1 stitch; pass slipped stitches over the knit stitch (2 stitches decreased)
Bahaar stitch pattern:
- Row 1 – *k2, [k2tog, YO] twice, k1, [YO, ssk] twice, k2*; repeat from * to *
- Row 2 and all even number / WS rows – purl all stitches
- Row 3 – *k1, [k2tog, YO] twice, k3, [YO, ssk] twice, k1*; repeat from * to *
- Row 5 – *[k2tog, YO] three times, k1, [YO, ssk] three times*; repeat from * to *
- Row 7 – *[k2tog, YO] twice, k5, [YO, ssk] twice*; repeat from * to *
- Row 9 – *k2, [YO, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, YO] twice, k2*; repeat from * to *
- Row 11 – *k3, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k3*; repeat from * to *
- Row 13 – *k2, [k2tog, YO] twice, k1, [YO, ssk] twice, k2*; repeat from * to * (same as row 1)
- Row 15 – *k1, [k2tog, YO] twice, k3, [YO, ssk] twice, k1*; repeat from * to * (same as row 3)
- Row 17 – *k3, YO, ssk, YO, (s2, k1, psso), YO, k2tog, YO, k3*; repeat from * to * (same as row 11)
- Row 18 – Purl all stitches
Repeat rows 1 to 18 for pattern.
Bahaar Lace Chart
- Loosely cast on 73 stitches using the larger needle. I used the long-tail method to cast on.
- Switch to smaller needles. Knit 7 rows.
- On row 8 (WS), knit 4 stitches, purl 65 stitches, knit the last 4 stitches.
From this point on, the first and last 4 stitches will always be knit to form a garter stitch border, and the Bahaar stitch pattern will be worked over the center 65 stitches (13 x 5).
- On row 9 (RS), knit 4 stitches; work row 1 of the Bahaar chart /stitch pattern 5 times (placing stitch markers between every repeat if you want); knit the last 4 stitches.
- On the next row (WS), knit 4 stitches; purl 65; knit the last 4 stitches (all WS rows are worked this way).
Continue, as above, to knit rows 3 to 18 of the Bahaar pattern, maintaining a garter stitch border throughout.
- Repeat rows 1 to 18 of the Bahaar stitch pattern a total of twenty-five times, or till the scarf is approx. 2 inches shorter than the length you want.
- Then knit rows 1 – 12 of the pattern once more (ending with a WS row).
- Knit 7 rows
- Loosely bind off all stitches knitwise (on the WS).
Block to desired measurements. Weave in ends.