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Colorful Crafting with Jen: Summer Shimmer Scarf

A few months ago we received Pearl from Lorna's Laces, a worsted weight blend of silk and bamboo that drapes and shimmers like water over river stones. As soon as it came in I picked out a skein in my favorite color, Envy, and added it to my "someday soon" project basket. I thought about what I wanted to make and decided that I wanted to make a summer scarf that took only one skein, something simple and lacy. While I've done a ton of yarn-overs in my knitting career I have never actually made anything that would truly be considered to be lace so I was pleased to find that not only was this Zig Zag Lace Trellis pattern pretty, it was also very easy! For those of you, who like me, have been wanting to stick your toe into lace knitting, this is the perfect introduction. The yarn is wonderful to work with, the pattern is simple, and you'll be done with your scarf in no time! --Jen


  • 1 skein of Lorna's Laces, Pearl (I used Envy, top left, other colors are some of my other favorites, top right Vera, bottom left Tickled Pink, bottom right Black Purl).
  • US size 9 needles (or size required to get gauge)
  • Tapestry Needle for finishing

Finished Measurements

5 inches wide by 74 inches long, blocked.


16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in Zig Zag Lace stitch pattern


This stitch pattern is worked on an even number of stitches


The Pattern

Cast on 20 stitches

Right leaning bias:
Row 1: K1 * yo, K2tog; rep from * to last stitch, end k1.
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two rows 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats.

Left leaning bias:
Row 1: K1, * ssk, yo; rep from * to last stitch, end k1.
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two rows 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats

Repeat from Right leaning bias 16 times more for a total of 17 repeats.

Bind of loosely in knit. Weave in ends and block.

Reader Comments (42)

Just a fabulous pattern. I hate lace knitting because I can't rescue myself easily. This was quite easy to follow and looks great. I love how fast it knits up. Thanks!
June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Smith
I am such a novice...what's a leaning? Does this mean if you are left handed or right handed? Sorry about such a moronic question! I can knit and I can purl and I can yo so I think I have the basic skills for this if only I knew what a leaning is! Many Thanks!
June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie
Such a sweet little scarf. It looks great in the variegated yarn.
June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Q
Hi Jeannie,
If you look at the scarf you'll notice that it goes in a vertical zig zag. Right leaning is the part where the scarf leans to the right and left leaning is the part where the scarf leans to the left. Just follow the pattern and disregard the "leaning" if it doesn't make sense, once you get through it once you'll see how it works. Good luck!
June 27, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
What a beautiful scarf. I am struggling to understand the abbreviation 'ssk' I can't find it. Can you help? Thanks.
June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMartha
I would like to make the scarf using the yarn you used Lorna's Lace Pearl Envy
but that is more than I wanted to pay for yarn. What do you have that would be a little less expensive.
June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Roberts
Hi Betty,
You should try Bonnie's Bamboo from Farmhouse yarns which is 100% Bamboo. The skein is a little shorter but the drape and hand are very similar.

Hope this helps!
June 28, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Martha,
"SSK" means "Slip, Slip, Knit" which is a left slanting decrease. Here is a link to our SSK tutorial
Hope this explains it for you.

If you need further help, we highly recommend that you check out, they've got excellent tutorials with videos for all kinds of techniques. Here is a link to their decreases page:
June 28, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So pretty! Thanks for sharing!
June 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
I'm a yarn lover and a "died in the wool" crocheter but this lovely scarf is making me put down my hook and pick up my needles. I'm a little bit nervous though. Since I learned to crochet first, knitting just doesn't come natural to me. (If only I had learned to knit as well as crochet when I was a child!) Thanks for adding the knitting-help links. I'm sure I"ll need them!
June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Kendall
Love it!! now that I figured out what YO means I think I can do this!!
June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Just love this--I made two.
The first I made as the pattern is written and the second, I made the long way. I casted on 170 sts on a long circular needle and followed the pattern for two repeats. It made a nice scarf and I had long bouts of purling that I could just speed through.

DO block it. It's critical. Get it wet, run it through a spin cycle or a lettuce spinner. Then, lay it out on your ironing board or blocking board and PIN the points. Let dry. Just wonderful.
June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Wow! That's smashing! I just love me a one skein project....
July 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorna's Laces
My question is about blocking. Just get it wet? Soak for a while? Stretch it or just pin it? Also, Patons has a silk + bamboo yarn, has anybody tried that one? Oops, that was more than one question! Lovely scarf, by the way!
July 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Hi Pat,
You can soak it and lay it out flat and pin it, or you can pin it out and spray it, either way will work. Don't know about the yarn from Patons, just check the gauge, if its the same you can use it by just following the pattern, if not, you can adjust the amount of stitches appropriately.
July 20, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I would like to try lace knitting on a laceweight 100% cashmere yarn. Do you think this pattern would work, or is there another pattern you would recommend? I took a look at the mohair pattern but it looks a bit too complicated. Thanks!
November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie
Hi Natalie,
This pattern would be beautiful in lace weight cashmere! You will probably want to cast on more stitches than recommended since the cashmere is so much thinner than this yarn. If you are using the Jade Sapphire 2 ply cashmere or the Lobster Pot 2 ply cashmere, we would recommend no larger than a US size 5 or 6 needle. Cast on an even amount of stitches and follow the pattern as written.
Good luck!
November 12, 2009 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Ok so i did the ssk:yo and it decreased a stitch but for some reason my stitches are off. When I came to the end of the left bending row my count was off and i could not complete the row...where did I go Wrong/
May 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommentercUrlzandCURVES
how do I fix a missed stitch in this pattern? I have been working on this and 3/4 eay into it I noticed a missed stitch in my previous row and am afraid that I may ruin it!
February 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabriella
Hi Gabriella,

There's really no trick to taking out this stitch, but I can offer you some"unknitting" tips! When you get to a yarn over from the previous row, just drop it, let it go! And when you get to a decrease (a k2tog or an ssk), make sure you put your needle through both stitches so you don't lose one.

I hope this helps. Be brave and good luck!

February 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Why can't I print this? I have a friend who tried also. No luck.
February 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Creed`
Hi Nancy-

The best way to print our patterns is to copy and paste the text of the pattern into a Text or Word document. We know this isn't ideal but it's the easiest way to do it as of this time. It is something we are working to address, so thank you for writing in and voicing your concern.

Thanks!- Molly
February 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love the pattern but I've tried this pattern 4 times and when I get to the left leaning I start to decrease and my pattern gets smaller and smaller. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP
February 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoe
Hi Roe-

Each knit row in the pattern contains equal amounts of increases and decreases. For the right leaning section the increase is a yarn over (yo) and the decrease is a k2tog (knit 2 together). For the left leaning section the increase is a yarn over (yo) and the decrease is a slip, slip, knit (ssk). This means that after each row you should have the same amount of stitches as when you started.

I suspect that something is going wrong with the yarn overs in the left leaning section. Make sure that after you do each slip slip knit and yarn over pair that you have 2 stitches. If you need help with yarn overs you might want to check out this videa:

Hope this helps. Thanks for your question!

February 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
If I was using a DK yarn and wanted a shawl to be about 16" wide, how many cast ons would I need? Thank you!
April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
Hi Lynn-

To figure this out you'll need to do a gauge swatch in this pattern with the yarn and needles you want to use. Once you figure out how many stitches you're getting per inch you can multiple that number by your desired width (in this case 16). Make sure that you cast on an even number. If you want more info about knitting a gauge swatch please check out our tutorial here.

Thanks for writing in!

April 10, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Just finished this scarf, wore it today and was disappointed that the sides rolled in and did not show the design. How can I correct this on the next scarf? I did not use the recommended yarn - would that make the difference? I love the design so want to show it off.
April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
Hi Barbara-

Whether a scarf curls or not does not depend on the yarn, but rather the stitch. This stitch will curl slightly but you can reduce the curling by blocking it. Here is a blocking tutorial:

Thank you for your question!

April 27, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this scarf. But I am half way through and I am wondering if I am following the pattern correctly. I have been doing Right leaning Row 1 , Row 2, and then I go to the left leaning Row 1 and Row 2 and then back up to the Right Leaning Row 1 and Row 2, then to the Left leaning Row 1 and 2 and so on.
Should i have been doing the Right leaning bias first for 5 repeats and then the Left leaning bias for 5 repeats and so on? Thank you so much for your help.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Hilts
Hi Sharon, Here are some notes from Jen:

the pattern is actually to repeat the right leaning bias for 5 repeats and then the left leaning bias for 5 repeats:

Right leaning bias:
Row 1: K1 * yo, K2tog; rep from * to last stitch, end k1.
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two rows 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats.

Left leaning bias:
Row 1: K1, * ssk, yo; rep from * to last stitch, end k1.
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two rows 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats

Repeat from Right leaning bias 16 times more for a total of 17 repeats.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions. Thanks! -Laura
June 28, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thanks so much for the yo before the knit video!!!!! I was ready to give up and just crochet a different lace scarf!!!! You saved the life of my knitting needles.
July 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercarol
when you say repeat from right leaning for 16 repeats does that mean to alternate between right and left repeats? the way it's written it seems like you don't use left leaning again after the first time...
December 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthekatalist

In response to the comment left by "thekatalist" The pattern states to repeat FROM the right leaning bias for a total of 16 times. So, you'll go through the right leaning bias and then the left 16 more times.

Hope that helps!


December 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Curling seems to be a significant problem with this otherwise lovely pattern. Can this be ameliorated with the addition of some kind of edge stitching, and if so, what would you suggest?
March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Hi Beth-

This pattern does curl but we wouldn't suggest adding a boarder. Instead we would suggest blocking it every so often.

Thank you for your question!

March 4, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Love this scarf. Just started it this morning. Drooling over the Lorna's Lace yarn but alas am on a yarn diet. So for now used somehing from my stash. That Lorna's Lace will have to go on the wish list.
March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
How do you do the ssk first before the yo. As far as I know ssk is when you take two
St off
the left hand needle onto the right and then take your left hand needle and place through the front of the two stitches and then knit into the back with right needle. Where does
The yo come.

May 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
Hi Lindsay,

The Yarn Over comes right after you do the SSK. Here is a link to a tutorial on SSK:

After you've done that decrease stitch, you will do the YO and keep continue with the pattern.

Hope that helps!

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Since the Lorna lace is no longer available, what yarn would you recommend using?
I have been looking for a summer scarf pattern and I want to make this one. It looks gorgeous.
Thank you.
August 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ellen Boswortn
Hi Mary Ellen,

Technically any sport weight yarn would work - of ours that we carry I think the Silk + Alpaca will give the most similar drape.  You can find that and all our Sport Weight yarns at the link below:[]=4


August 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen
Just starting to learn to knit. Would a cotton thread, like Aunt Lydia's crochet thread 10 be good to use?
December 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
Hi Denise-

We are not familiar with that particular yarn but it sounds like it will be a bit thin. You should look for yarn that is DK or Worsted weight.

Thank you for your question!

December 8, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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