Nathalie’s Lace Ladder Scarf

When Nathalie volunteered to knit up some shop samples I was delighted! She’s an amazing knitter and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d whip up with some of our favourite yarns. The first sample she knitted is this Ladder Scarf using Malabrigo Sock in Playa and it is so beautiful that everyone who comes near our knitting section wants to make one. We’ve been selling the yarn like crazy!


Nathalie auditioned a few different lace patterns to find the perfect match for this yarn. She wanted a fairly linear pattern and something that would happily lay flat and not curl up when you wear it. The winner was the Garter Stitch Lace Ladder pattern, which has been adapted from a famous stitch dictionary, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker.

Malabrigo Sock comes in 100 gram/400 metre skeins. This project requires only one skein to make a long scarf. It’s wrapped around twice in the picture below!


Ladder Scarf
Cast on 52 stitches on 4mm needles 
Row 1: (RS)  *K2tog, yo, yo, ssk; rep from *
Row 2: *K1, (K1, P1) into the double yo, K1 *
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you are nearly out of yarn.
Cast off loosely (using a larger needle if necessary)
Block severely!
ladder scarf blocked
Nathalie’s pattern notes: In row one there is a double yarn over. This means that you bring the yarn forward on the needle twice so that you are creating a larger space equivalent to 2 stitches. On Row 2 you need to K1 into the first yo then be careful to drop only one yo. You then bring your yarn forward and P1 into the second one. This feels a bit strange at first but you get the hang of it quickly.
This scarf doesn’t look like much until you block it to within an inch of its life. Malabrigo sock yarn blocks very well but you will need a long space to pin it down. Blocking wires are very useful for this type of blocking.
Thank you, Nathalie!


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