Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Vesta (free pattern)

Some time ago I acquired ten balls of wonderful Debbie Bliss Como. Apart from petting it and staring at it loving, I had very little idea as to what to make of it.
Then, one chilly morning I realised that in my whole knitting "career" I never ever made a scarf! I played with few ideas and narrowed it down to these criteria:
*not too bulky
*pretty pattern
*must have tassels!

To design the scarf I used Roman Stripe pattern. And with the gorgeous warm orange colour how could I name it other than Vesta, Roman goddess of warmth, family, whose symbol was fire?

Because the scarf is knitted in needles smaller than recommeded, it adds to the firmnesss of the yarn and  the lacework is kept nicely open and it's not too bulky and sturdy.

Few notes worth mentioning:
As it is made of single ply yarn, do not use pointy needles, try the ones with fairly rounded tip. I used some plastic needles that were added to Let's Knit Magazine.

My scarf took total of nearly 300g of Como, that is approximately 5.7 balls (including tassels). If you make yourself without them, it would take 5 balls of yarn.

I got between 7 and 8 full repeats of the pattern from one ball of Como.
Full repeat of the pattern

 Finished measurements of my scarf:
7in wide x 85in long

You will need:

7mm needles
300g (or depending on lenght you want) of super bulky yarn
Darning needle

The pattern is worked over even number of stitches, keep in mind that the first and last stitch is always a knit!

Cast on 16 sts (or any even number)
Knit 3 rows

Row 1: k1, *yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2: k1, purl to last st, k1
Row 3: k1, *k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1
Row 4: k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from *  to last st, k1
Row 5: k1, *yo, k2tog; rep from *  to last st, k1
Row 6: k all stitches
Row 7: k all stitches

Repeat pattern required number of times. After Row 7 of last repeat:
Knit 3 rows
Bind off loosely in knit

Weave in ends
Bceuae of the lacework, it's best to weave loose ends horizontally rather than vertically across the pattern.

(My Ravelry pattern page has a free dowload of the pattern which includes a sheet that you can print off and tick off pattern repeats. Check it out here)

Make and attach tassels (as per my tutorial here) and it's ready!

Wrap yourself warm and enjoy!


  1. What a lovely project! I really like the name you picked, your stitch pattern resembles flames!

  2. I know some teenagers who would definitely love this.

  3. That is a beautiful pattern! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  4. I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm a litte confused, how do you recover from the decreases? I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, becasue at the end of one repeat, I end up with six stiches...


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