Back in 2013 Love of Knitting published my Shangri-La Scarf / Shawl Pattern. This garter stitch lace knit scarf pattern is designed so that you can easily adapt into a shawl if you desire a warmer wrap. The pattern is now available for sale directly through Ravelry.
What Is a Garter Stitch Lace Knit Scarf?
As you know, garter stitch is one of the simplest knitting techniques. As soon as you learn to knit stitch, you learn garter stitch. After all, it’s just rows of repeating the knit stitch. This pattern is designed to have a garter stitch border all the way around the edges.
The center that makes up the design detail of the scarf is lace knit. I’ve created a repeating openwork pattern that has a very pretty geometric design. The bold angles of the design combined with the soft beauty of the yarn work together for strong visual impact.
In this case, then, a garter stitch lace knit scarf refers to a pattern that is primarily lace knit with a garter stitch frame around it.
Use Your Luxury Yarns On This Pattern
This garter stitch lace knit scarf pattern is named after the yarn originally used in the design. Unfortunately, Bijou Bison Ranch has closed its doors in the time since I designed this pattern for them. The owners retired, and their website now goes to a different yarn seller. However, the pattern still stands strong on its own merit. I recommend that you find a comparable luxury yarn to use in the design.
The original yarn was a yak/silk yarn blend. It was 50% of each, making for a very soft, warm yarn that also had lightness and sheen. MYak has a blend that looks very similar, although admittedly I haven’t had a chance to try it out myself. Similarly, Expression Fiber Arts has a blend like this that they describe as “amazing, SOFT, lustrous, luxurious, creamy, rich, vibrant yarn that is hard to ignore.” That’s exactly the type of yarn that you want for this project!
A Scarf/ Shawl in 3 Sizes
Oftentimes we write knit scarf patterns for one size only. However, it’s a lot more interesting if we make them more versatile, isn’t it? Some people enjoy skinnier scarves whereas others really want to be wrapped in a cozy shawl-size scarf instead. In fact, you might prefer one over the other at different times depending on the season and what you’re styling it with.
That’s why I’ve designed this pattern for three different sizes:
- The small size is 14 3/4″ wide x 61″ long.
- The medium size is 20 1/2″ wide x 71″ long.
- The large size is 25 1/4″ wide x 81″ long.
Of course, once you get the hang of the pattern repeat, you could make your shawl even wider if you wanted to! Have fun with this pattern.