Imaarat

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Imaarat is a simple geometrical lace scarf with side-to-side construction.  The lace is worked on odd number rows only, and all even number rows are knitted.

The scarf is knit in one piece – the first half  (from the cast on edge to the center) is worked using K2TOGs  and yarn-overs (Imaarat Stitch Pattern A) and leans naturally towards the left. The second half (from the center to the bind-off edge) is worked using SSKs and yarn overs (Imaarat Stitch Pattern B), and leans towards the right. This natural slant towards the left and then the right creates the shallow V shape seen in the pictures.

Both the front and back of the scarf look good, but I prefer the side on which you’re knitting all stitches (which would otherwise be the back of your work).

Yarn – One skein of Cascade Heritage Solids (or Paints) or 430-460 yards of any fingering weight yarn that blocks well. I used one skein of the Cascade Heritage Paints in the “Isle of Skye” colorway.

[A number of knitters who’ve knit this scarf since the design was first released feel that the stitch pattern would show better in a solid-color yarn, which means that the Cascade Heritage Solids, or any solid colored fingering weight yarn might be a better choice than a variegated one]

Happy knitting! 🙂

Needles:

  • US size 6 (4 mm) for knitting
  • US size 8 (5 mm) for casting on loosely (optional).

Notions:

  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • 6 stitch markers (if using)
  • Blocking pins (and wires, if using)

Gauge (after blocking) :

  • 4 inches = 23.2 stitches and 25 rows

Finished Dimensions:

  • Length – 55 inches, Width – 10.5 inches

Abbreviations:

  • yo – yarn over
  • k2tog – knit 2 together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker

Imaarat Stitch Pattern A (for first half) – worked over a multiple of 11 stitches and 16 rows

  • Row 1 – *(k2tog, yo) twice, knit 7 stitches*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 2 and all even number rows – knit all stitches
  • Row 3 – same as row 1
  • Row 5 – same as row 1
  • Row 7 – *(k2tog, yo) 5 times, knit 1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 9 – same as row 7
  • Row 11 – *knit 6 stitches, (k2tog, yo) twice, knit 1*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 13 – same as row 11
  • Row 15 – same as row 11
  • Row 16 – knit all stitches

Imaarat Stitch Pattern B (for second half) – worked over a multiple of 11 stitches and 16 rows

  • Row 1 – *knit 7 stitches, (YO, ssk) twice*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 2 and all even number rows – knit all stitches
  • Row 3 – same as Row 1
  • Row 5 – same as Row 1
  • Row 7 – *knit 1, (YO, ssk) 5 times*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 9 – same as Row 7
  • Row 11 – *knit 1, (YO, ssk) twice, knit 6 stitches*, repeat from * to *
  • Row 13 – same as row 11
  • Row 15 same as row 11
  • Row 16 – knit all stitches

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Instructions to knit the scarf:

First half of the scarf (uses Stitch Pattern A / Chart A):

Loosely cast on 61 stitches (55 pattern stitches and 6 border stitches – 3 on either side) using the larger needle.

Switch to smaller needles.

  • Knit 6 rows
  • Row 7 – knit 3 stitches, place marker (PM); work row 7 of Chart / Stitch Pattern A five times, placing markers after every repeat; knit the last 3 stitches. 6 markers placed.
    (Note that you begin working the lace stitches with row 7 of Imaarat Stitch Pattern A or Imaarat Chart A)
  • On the next row (and all even number rows) knit all stitches, slipping markers as you go.
  • On the next row, knit 3 stitches, SM; work row 9 of Pattern A five times, slipping markers as you go; knit the last 3 stitches.
  • Next row – knit all stitches.
  • Continue to work rows 11 to 16 of Pattern A as above, between the garter stitch borders.
  • Now work rows 1 to 16 of Pattern A ten times (working 5 repeats between borders on every row, as established), ending with row 16 of the pattern.

Center:

  • Knit 2 rows (knit all stitches). These two rows mark the center of the scarf.

Second half of the scarf (uses Stitch Pattern B / Chart B):

  • On the next row, knit 3 stitches; work row 1 of Stitch Pattern / Chart B five times (separated by markers); knit the last 3 stitches
  • On the next row, knit all stitches
  • Continue to knit rows 3 to 16 of Pattern B as above, while maintaining a garter stitch border
  • Repeat rows 1-16 of Pattern B nine more times.
  • To finish, knit rows 1 to 10 of Pattern B once more (ending with row 10).

Knit 5 more rows.

Bind off all stitches purlwise.

Block to desired measurements, using the natural slant of the fabric as your guide to shape the scarf. Weave in ends.

Sheesha

(Many thanks to Barbara for pointing out an error in the pattern and correcting it – Nov 26, 2013)
(Thanks SO much, Elizabeth, for pointing out an error in the pattern and correcting it – Feb 22, 2014)

Download PDF version here: Sheesha Pattern PDF

Link to Ravelry page

This scarf combines lace and texture in a simple, grid-like pattern. You just replace the center stitch in every little box of the grid with a yarn over. It’s a six-row repeat worked over a multiple of 4 stitches, plus 1 (not including border stitches).

You will need 350-400 yards or about a hundred grams of fingering weight yarn to get a light scarf.

(You can cast on more stitches if you want a wider scarf or stole, in which case you will need more yarn. Another possibility is to omit the garter rows at the beginning and end, and seam the ends together to make a cowl.)

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Finished dimensions (after blocking):
9” wide, 51” long
(At 51 inches, my scarf is shorter than the ideal scarf length. You might want to work 6-7 more repeats of the 6-row pattern if you want a longer scarf.)

Yarn requirements:
About 350-400 yards or hundred grams of fingering weight yarn. The exact yardage will vary depending on your gauge and how long you knit the scarf.
(I used approximately 350-360 yards of LB 1878 by Lion Brand).

Needles:
A pair of US size 7 or 4.5 mm needles for the knitting.
Optional: A pair of US size 8 / 9 or 5 / 5.5 mm needles for casting on and binding off loosely, if required.

Gauge (In pattern stitch, after blocking):

Measured over 4 inches:  23 stitches and 25 rows
Per inch: 5.75 stitches and 6.25 rows

Stitch Pattern (worked over a multiple of 4 stitches + 1):

  • Row 1 (RS) : knit all stitches
  • Row 2 (WS) : *p1, k3, repeat from *, ending with a p1
  • Row 3 (RS) : *k1, p2tog, yo, p1, repeat from *, ending with a k1
  • Row 4 (WS) : same as row 2
  • Row 5 (RS) : knit all stitches
  • Row 6 (WS) : knit all stitches

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.

Scarf Pattern:

Loosely cast on 51 stitches. (I use the long-tail method and a larger needle size to cast on)

  • Rows 1-4:  Knit all stitches (garter stitch)

[From here on, you knit the first 3 and last 3 stitches of every row (maintaining a garter stitch border), and knit in pattern stitch over the center 45 stitches]

  • Row 5 (RS): Knit all stitches
  • Row 6 (WS): k3, *P1, k3, repeat from *, till you have 4 stitches remaining on the needle, p1. Knit the last 3 border stitches.
  • Row 7 (RS): k3, *k1, p2tog, YO, p1, repeat from *, till you have 4 stitches remaining on the needle. Knit the last 4 stitches
  • Row 8 (WS): Same as row 6
  • Row 9 (RS): Knit all stitches
  • Row 10 (WS): Knit all stitches
  • Repeat rows 5-10 fifty-one more times, or till scarf is desired length, ending with the last row of the pattern stitch on a wrong side row.
  • Knit the next 3 rows.
    (These 3 rows, along with the last 2 rows of the pattern stitch, which are knit rows make up the garter stitch border). 

Loosely bind off all stitches (knitwise on WS). Weave in ends.

Block to desired dimensions.