Theresa Lace Scarf

Theresa Lace ScarfA completely reversible scarf based on a Victorian lace stitch. The scarf is named for Thérèse de Dillmont, the original author of the Encyclopedia of Needlework, a Victorian guide to needlework that is still in print today.

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Finished Measurements

Length: 52 inches (after blocking)

Width: 6 inches (after blocking)


Gauge is not important for this project. Swatch with various needle sizes to achieve the desired effect.


250 yds / 200 m laceweight yarn. Shown in Knit Picks Gloss Lace, colour: Chipotle.

4mm needles


Twist Stitch (worked over 2 stitches):

Leaving first stitch on left needle, knit second stitch as usual without slipping loop off left needle. Knit first stitch and slip both loops off the left needle together.

Lace stitch (worked over 3 stitches):

YO, K2tog. Slip next stitch onto right needle, lift stitch formed by K2tog back over slipped stitch onto left needle, place slipped stitch back on to left needle. Knit slipped stitch. Knit stitch formed by earlier K2tog.


Cast on 35 stitches. To adjust the width of the scarf, add or subtract multiples of 3 stitches when casting on.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3: Form a twist stitch over the first two stitches; repeat lace stitch until end.

Row 4: Knit all.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until scarf reaches desired unblocked length ending with row 4.

Final row: Knit all.

Cast off loosely.


Weave in any ends and block.

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