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Quick Knit Kerchief

Knitting your own accessories is a great way to spice up your wardrobe, but you can go one step further by straying beyond the typical pattern choices. The Quick Knit Kerchief is a great alternative to the more widely seen scarf or knit cowl patterns, and its smaller size means that it knits up quickly. This delightful kerchief features a simple knit lace pattern and easy yarn over increases to create its distinctive shape. For a concentrated color pop, there's nothing better than a hand-knit kerchief.


Knitting Needle Size6 or 4 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • Patons Silk Bamboo (65 g/2.2 oz;93 m/102 yds) - 6 balls; Main Color (MC) Aquamarine (85220
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. 6) circular knitting needle 16" [40.5 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • Lace chart, pictured below or linked here


22 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch


Approx 20" [51 cm] deep x 32" [81.5 cm] wide.



Alt = alternate(ing)
Approx = approximately
Beg = beginning
cont = continue(ity)
Inc = Increase(ing)
K = knit
k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
pat = pattern
rep = repeat
RS = right side
ssk = Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together.
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch)



Note: Kerchief is worked back and forth in rows on circular needle to accommodate the increased number of sts.

With A, cast on 7 sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *yo. K2. yo. K1. Place marker on last st. Rep from * to end of row. 11 sts.
2nd and alt rows: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
3rd row: K1. yo. Knit to marked st. yo. K1 (marked st). yo. Knit to last st. yo. K1. 15 sts.
5th row: As 3rd row. 19 sts.
6th row: K1. Purl to last st. K1.

Beg working Lace Pat (See Chart Below):
1st row: K1. yo. K1. *K2tog. yo. Rep from * to 1 st before marked st. K1. yo. K1 (marked st). yo. K1. **yo. K2tog. Rep from ** to last 2 sts. K1. yo. K1. 23 sts.
2nd row: K1. Purl to last st. K1.
3rd row: K1. yo. K1. *ssk. yo. Rep from * to 1 st before marked st. K1. yo. K1 (marked st). yo. K1. **yo. ssk. Rep from ** to last 2 sts. K1. yo. K1. 27 sts.
4th row: As 2nd row.
These 4 rows form Lace pat.
Cont in Lace Pat, inc 4 sts as established on every following alt row to 171 sts and ending on a WS row.

Edging: 1st row: (RS). K1. yo. Knit to marked st. yo. K1 (marked st). yo. Knit to last st. yo. K1.
2nd row: Knit.
3rd row: As 1st row.
Cast off loosely knitwise (WS).

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bright and breezy and quick to knit I do like a pattern that doesn't take weeks and weeks - and when they turn out like this, even better


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