Whether you’re barely beginning to thaw out or already thinking about concerts in the park on a cool summer night, a lighter, leaner scarf might be just the thing to keep your knitting needles (and crochet hooks!) happy and your neck cozy in the weeks to come. Or your mother’s, for that matter — Mother’s Day is right around the bend:
1. Kozue by Kirsten Johnstone, lace for minimalists
2. Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach, lovely mix of textures, knitted in linen (free pattern)
3. Trellis Scarf from the Purl Bee, nice transitional piece (free pattern)
4. Celes scarf by Jared Flood, full-on lace I could imagine wearing myself
5. Striped Cotton Cowl from the Purl Bee, how to make a cotton cowl fantastic (free pattern)
6. Claudia Scarf by Rebecca Jackson, an elegant slip of crochet (free pattern)
7. Spring Tuck by Rose Anne, love that strip of lace in the gossamer stockinette
8. Kelly’s Frothy Crocheted Scarf by Kelly Jahraus, super-simple single crochet on a big ol’ hook
So many lovely choices! I especially like Spring Tuck. I’ve been working on a design for a herringbone scarf that’s knit up in different pieces with the herringbone in opposite direction every other section.
I was just thinking about Mother’s Day. I knit her Ishbel by Ysolda for Christmas so I’m brainstorming something other than neck-wear to make. These are all lovely though.
Claudia scarf is free, too!
Oh, thank you for catching that! Fixed.
Oh, wow!! THANK YOU! Just what I needed – and they’re gorgeous. How can I choose? Celes and Spring Tuck are coming out a bit ahead .
Lovely! That Jared Flood lacy one, especially. I’ve been feeling a little scarfed out (and shawlette’d out), though, so for something different, I’m going to try my hand at Iris Schreier’s May Day Poncho: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/may-day-poncho
Hi, KB! Will that be for you or your mom?
You’ve done it again Karen, I just lost 20 minutes trying to decide which one to make ;-) Spring lace is currently in the lead. All are lovely!
Great post – makes me wish I could crochet. For minimalist chic I also really like Churchmouse’s Bias Before and After Scarf (here’s my favourite project, by the talented Lismete on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/lismete/bias-before–after-scarf )
Forgot to add that #6 reminds me of Brooklyn Tweed’s Thayer (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thayer ), for those who don’t crochet.
That’s gorgeous! How have I never seen that before?
The minute I first saw that trellis scarf, I put it on my list of things to make. And yes, it’s for my mother. And I love the simple beauty of the Frothy Crocheted Scarf, but I hate working with laceweight yarns so it probably won’t happen.
These are really great ideas and I’m so happy there in one page since my mom is so picky with the knits I make her. It’s a little difficult to help her find a pattern that she likes. Thank you!
I have been dying to do a lace stole to take when traveling after seeing a gorgeous pink one a plane ride in Europe. No reason you can’t be chic even on a plane trip. Now I just have to decide which one. BT always seems to win out though. Thanks for a great currated list of options. And thanks for the crochet options as well. Every so often I switch to crochet for change of pace and these look great.
I’m trying to do more of that myself — hoping that working more crochet patterns into the blog will help me work more of them into my queue!
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What an incredibly sweet note — thank you.
Wow those are all beautiful! You picked a really great range of textures and stitches. I particularly like 1 and 8 for their delicate take on the super basics. I think we all have an emotional attachment to stockinette stitch and large patches of it make everything instantly loveable. Or thus is my theory :P
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