Rakke

Rakke

Garter, Lace and Bobble Scarf or Shawl

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Knit a shawl in two skeins of Loft or a narrow crescent scarf in four skeins of Shelter from the same clever pattern. Both versions begin with a cast-on at the neck edge and a segment of garter short rows to establish the curved form.

Lace guru Susanna IC often finds inspiration in traditional Estonian motifs; for Rakke, her first Wool People contribution, she employs a leaf design and uses nupps to embellish the lower portions of the shawl. Working these motifs in a larger yarn gives them a modern feel and pleasing rustic texture.

Rakke is worked from charts and involves shifting stitch counts to form the nupps, but should be accessible to intermediate lace knitters. Choose a botanical shade to emphasize the shawl’s organic forms—we knit our samples in Fauna and Embers.

YARDAGE

Version I (Shawl):

  • 550 yards of fingering weight wool yarn

Version II (Scarf):

  • 475 yards of worsted weight wool yarn

YARN

Version I (Shawl):

Version II (Scarf):

Please note: the stitch patterns in this shawl are charted only.

Gauge

Version I:

  • 15 stitches & 38 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle, after blocking
  • One 20-stitch repeat from Chart A measures 5″ wide with Size C needle, after blocking
  • One 32-stitch repeat from Chart B measures 7½” wide with Size C needle, after blocking

Version II:

  • 12 stitches & 28 rows = 4″ in garter stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
  • One 20-stitch repeat from Chart C (Rows 1–12) measures 6¼” wide with Size C needle, after blocking
  • One 22-stitch repeat from Chart A (Rows 25-34) measures 7¼” wide with Size C needle, after blocking
Needles

Version I:
Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed; Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Cast On):

  • One 32″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A; Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size C (for Lace):

  • One 32″ circular needle one size larger than Size A; Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size D (for Bind Off):

  • One needle in preferred style one size larger than Size C; Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Version II:

Size A (for Main Fabric):

  • One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed; Suggested Size: 5½ mm (US 9)

Size B (for Cast On):

  • One 32″ circular needle one size smaller than Size A; Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size C (for Lace):

  • One 32″ circular needle one size larger than Size A; Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

Size D (for Bind Off):

  • One needle in preferred style one size larger than Size C; Suggested Size: 6½ mm (US 10½)
Finished dimensions

Version I: 35¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 20″ height at center spine

Version II: 65¼” wide, measured along cast on edge; 13″ height at center spine; measurements taken from relaxed fabric after lace-blocking

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern

  • Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
Susanna IC
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Susanna IC