Recession Buster Knitting- Free Shetland Scarf Pattern


Shetland Scarf Detail - Razor Stitch

Shetland Scarf Detail - Razor Stitch

As I was knitting my mother’s black Shetland Lace Scarf, I realized that this pattern makes a great recession buster project since it can be made with only one ball of lace weight yarn. Lace weight yarn for those of you who have used it has great yardage per skien and it’s usually reasonably priced. 


While lace weight yarn is thin, you can use larger needles than you might think to enhance the lacey quality of your finished project.  Since I knit loosely (I usually go down 2 needles sizes), I go up 2 needles sizes from the package for lace. Although I strongly recommend that you not use black since it’s tough on your eyes.

I am making slow progress on Mom’s Shetland Lace Scarf. To ensure that I finish it in the near future, I added a few rows each knitting session since I needed a well lit place to knit.


Here are the instructions:

1 ball of Silky Alpaca Lace Weight – About 460 yards. (Any type of yarn will work. Just change your needles and consider how wide you would like the scarf to be. Also, more yard may be needed for thicker yarns.)

Size 5 needles.

Cast on 69 stitches.

Knit 8 rows.

Row 1: Knit 4 stitches, K1 YO, k4 Slip 1, K2Tog, PSSO, K4 YO K1, Repeat 4 times [ YO, k4 Slip 1, K2Tog, PSSO, K4 YO K1] Knit 4 stitches.

Row 2: Knit 4 stitches, Purl 61 stitches, Knit 4 stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length about 56 inches. 

Knit 8 rows

Bind off. 

Note: Post blocked length is about 20-25% longer. To determine the finished length use the following formula:

Blocked length = Pre-blocked length divided by 0.75


Shetland Scarf for Mom-Free Knitting Pattern

Shetland Scarf for Mom-Free Knitting Pattern

Finished and blocked Shetland Scarf for Mom. It’s 76 inches by 11.5 inches. More than the 6 feet she requested. I soaked the finished scarf in hair conditioner for over 20 minutes and it’s really soft!


I am excited that I finally finished this project since the black is a killer on my eyes! I hope that my mom likes it.

One Response to “Recession Buster Knitting- Free Shetland Scarf Pattern”

  1. Melissa Kimmons

    I’m a mom! So if YOUR mom doesn’t like the scarf (how crazy is THAT idea!?!), can I have it?

    I am knitting on my first lace project, which I hope will be worn by my granddaughter when she gets married. I have ripped out and begun again so many times, she had better wait a while!!! The off-white is a killer so I can’t imagine what it was like to knit with black! Good on you! It is exquisite!

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