Freitag, 20. März 2020

Bärentatzen Scarf

Ever since I knitted a brioche-lace combination for my Mum (see Luftbläschen Scarf) I wanted to do another project that incorporated both techniques.
So, here’s another scarf that combines the fluffiness of brioche with the elegance of lace - and because it’s brioche, it’s reversible. Once you get the hang of it, its fun to do - and I really like the result .

As to the name, the stitch pattern reminded me of certain piped chocolate biscuits that are tradional here, called Bärentatzen (which literally translates to bear claws, but American bear claws are a different bakery item). The photo at the end of this post shows Bärentatzen.

The pattern is available as a PDF

It is 10 pages long and contains:
  • the complete written patterns to knit this scarf
  • a chart of the pattern repeats
  • photo tutorials for the following stitches /stitch combinations
    • brk4stdec: a double centred decrease in brioch
    • brk2stLdec: a left-leaning decrease in brioche
    • brk2stRdec: a right-leaning decrease in brioche
    • sl1yo, yo, brk: i.e. a yarn-over between two stitches when knitting brioche
    • kp1, i.e. knitting two stitches of the sl1yo, yo into the yarn-over of the row below
    • yo, sl1yo, brk: also a yarn-over between two stitches in brioche, but in a different sequence to make the pattern look symmetrical on the other side
    • pk1, i.e. knitting two stitches of the yo, sl1yo into the yarn-over of the row below

Skills you need to finish this scarf
  • knitting brioche (in one color)
  • a certain stamina while knitting - this is knitted in lace weight yarn and brioche, i.e. it grows extremely slow

  • about 250 to 300 grams of Lace weight yarn (I used Wollmeise lace, colorway Hamam)
  • 3.25 mm knitting needles
  • 1 removable stitch marker (or a bobby pin) to do the 4st brioche decrease
  • a tapestry needle to weave in ends

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