There’s a mysterious promise in a bare trellis. What life has grown there before? What will grow there again? When will this bleak structure be transformed into a thriving plane of living color?
No matter how patiently I wait or how carefully I watch, this transformation comes so suddenly to me. There is always that one stunning day when a trellis is awakened by opening buds, climbing vines and unfolding leaves, and you know that spring is here.
I made this Trellis Scarf with the hope of spring in mind… sun and flowers, cardigans and flats, levity and high spirits. I knit my scarf in the nearly weightless, astoundingly soft Zageo 6-Ply Cashmere by Jade Sapphire, and I adapted the stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s book A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She calls hers the Quilted Lattice Stitch. It’s a stitch with as much mystery as a naked trellis, appearing at first glance as though strands have been painstakingly woven into a finished knit piece. In fact, you create this beautiful quilted effect as you knit, and even more surprisingly, it’s super easy!
Just like that day when a quiet trellis springs into life, I bound off my stitches, admired my scarf’s light-catching beauty and wondered how on earth it happened so fast. Happy spring! -Laura