Kernel is kind of a mutt. When I opened the package containing a skein of amber-colored Mini Maiden yarn that I’d ordered, I knew immediately I wanted to use the yarn to design a lace scarf for fall - the color had “fall” written all over it. But once I started swatching, I realized that the stitch patterns I had planned to use weren’t really right for this subtly variegated yarn.
I had fallen head over heels
in love with the Mini
Maiden, though. So I ditched
my original design idea
and started over. Isn’t
that how love goes sometimes
- we make ourselves over
to suit the beloved?
The final design combines aspects
of several different swatches,
which is why I think of
it as a mutt. And the lace
pattern in the central
panel of the scarf reminds
me of corn kernels - thus
the scarf’s name.
Width: 9.5 inches
Length: 65 inches Note: Measurements taken after blocking.
Maiden Mini Maiden [50
percent silk/50 percent
wool; 546yd/500m per 100g
skein]; color: Amber [shown above]
or Peridot [shown below]; 1 skein
Recommended needle size [always use a needle
size that gives you the gauge
listed below -- every knitter's
gauge is unique]
set US #4/3.5mm straight
spare circular needle, US
#4/3.5mm or smaller
Steel crochet hook small enough to fit through holes of beads (I used size 10/1.15mm)
36 #6 seed beads
Rustproof blocking pins
Blocking wires (optional)
21 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch after blocking
PATTERN NOTES [Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]
Lower edging is worked first, followed by a beaded garter-stitch
band. Body of scarf is worked next, and part of a second
beaded band. Upper edging is worked, including part of a
beaded band; this edging is then grafted to scarf body.
Beads: The beads are placed on RS rows
using a very narrow
steel crochet hook. To place a bead on a stitch, first
insert the hook through the hole in the bead, and slide
the bead onto the shaft of the hook. Slip the stitch
off the needle and onto the hook, slide the bead down
the hook and onto the stitch. Slip the stitch back to
the left needle, then knit it.
Loosely CO 49 sts.
K 2 rows.
K 2 more rows, slipping first
st of each row knitwise.
Work rows 1-8 of Edging Chart twice, then work Rows 1-7
once more. Outlined pattern repeat is worked three times
in each row.
BEADED BAND Row 1 [WS]: Sl 1, k to end. Row 2 [RS]: Sl 1, k3, [place
bead, k4] nine times. Rows 3-5: Sl 1, k to end. Row 6 [RS]: Work as for Row
2. Row 7 [WS]: Sl 1, k to end.
Work Rows 1-16 of Kernel Chart
23 times, then work Rows
1-15 once more. Outlined pattern repeat is worked three
times in each row.
Work Rows 1-3 of Beaded Band.
Break yarn, leaving a tail
approx. 1 yd long; this will be used for grafting upper
edging to scarf body. Place all sts on hold on spare needle.
Work as for Lower Edging.
Work Rows 1-2 of Beaded Band.
Break yarn, leaving a tail to be woven in.
Grafting: Note: When the scarf is blocked,
it will be stretched both lengthwise and widthwise. If
the grafting is done too tightly, the fabric will pull
in at the grafted row. When grafting, try to maintain a
tension similar to that of the knitted stitches. If you
are inexperienced at grafting lace, it is a good idea to
knit two garter st swatches using a similar yarn at a similar
tension, and practice grafting them. Block the grafted
swatch to determine if your grafting tension is too tight,
too loose, or about right.
Scarf body and upper edging will now be grafted together
in garter stitch.
Hold pieces with right sides together.
Position work so that upper edging is closest to you; needle
tips should be pointing to the right, with the long yarn
tail coming from the right corner of the scarf body.
Note: When instructions say “drop st from needle”,
this means that the st should
be dropped from the knitting needle, not the yarn needle.
Step 1: Thread long yarn tail through yarn needle. Insert
yarn needle from right to left through first st on front
needle; do not drop st from needle. Draw yarn needle under
front needle, then insert it from right to left through first
st on back needle. Draw yarn through; do not drop st from
Step 2: Insert yarn needle from left to right through first
st on front needle, drop st from needle. Insert yarn needle
from right to left through next st on front needle, draw
yarn through; do not drop st from needle.
Step 3: Insert yarn needle from left to right through first
st on back needle, drop st from needle. Insert yarn needle
from right to left through next st on back needle, draw yarn
through; do not drop st from needle.
Repeat Steps 2-3 until all sts have been grafted.
Weave in ends and block shawl.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
An artist, editor/writer, and avid lace knitter, Bonnie Sennott
grew up among cornfields in Illinois, and now lives among cornfields
in western Massachusetts.