Rill Scarf

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This flit of a scarf is the perfect accessory to add a little color or warmth to an outfit. This crescent shaped scarf is made using short row wedges to create an outside edge that is longer than the inside, lacy edge. This makes the scarf ruffle and the twirl along the hanging edges.


Gauge: 32 stitches and 50 rows per 4 inch (10cm) square in stockinette after blocking
Finished Measurements: 84 inches (214cm) long, 7.5 inches (19cm) wide at widest point.
Yarn Requirements: 700 yards of laceweight yarn. Sample shown in Alisha Goes Around Glint (of Goldfish) Lace in colorway ‘Agave’
Needle Size: 2.5mm (US 1.5) straight or circular needle for flat knitting or size needed to obtain gauge.
Pattern Includes: charts and text translations of charts
Stitches Used: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, p2tog, purl front & back, ssk, sl1 k2tog psso, wrap & turn short rows.
Other Details: This scarf is worked flat from one point to the other with short row shaping to create the ruffles.


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Comments 25

  1. Dawn Lopez wrote:

    I had a question regarding the patter for Rill Scarf. I am on the third row section and I am uncertain what “work 10 rows even as established” means. Which 10 rows? Is it referring to the pfb, p to marker, work next row of lace, p to end and the following WS row? Are those the established rows? Thanks for any help. Dawn

    Posted 06 Oct 2012 at 10:17 PM
  2. Mim wrote:

    Hi Dawn,

    Working 10 rows as established means to work 10 rows even (no increases or decreases) using the stitch patterns as established. Reverse stockinette on either side of the repeating 4 rows of the lace panel. The pfb is an increase, so you wouldn’t work the pfb. Just on a RS, purl to the lace panel, work the appropriate row of the lace panel and then purl to the end.


    Posted 09 Oct 2012 at 7:45 AM
  3. Dawn Lopez wrote:

    Thank you so much! That helps a lot. I am excited to finish!

    Posted 12 Oct 2012 at 7:06 PM
  4. Janet Overman wrote:

    I only have 650 yds of lace weight. Where or how would you suggest I cut back? Thanks, can’t wait to get started.

    Posted 31 Dec 2012 at 10:09 AM
  5. Mim wrote:

    The pattern has you repeat the third short row section 36 times. This is the bulk of the length of the scarf. If you cut back on repeats here, it will just make the scarf shorter and not mess with stitch counts.

    Posted 02 Jan 2013 at 5:51 AM
  6. Jean-Anne wrote:

    Just started this scarf and I am excited but a little confused already. On the First Short Row Section, Row 5, when it says “work the next row of Lace Chart, p to end”…..does that mean to go to Row 1 of the lace chart or because I have been repeating rows 3 and 4 does it mean to go to Row 3? Thanks for your help.

    Posted 04 Jan 2013 at 9:20 AM
  7. Mim wrote:

    You’re going to keep repeating the chart rows 1-4, 1-4, etc… No matter what the rest of the row is doing, when you come to the lace panel stitches work the next row of the chart.

    Posted 04 Jan 2013 at 9:23 AM
  8. katiebird wrote:

    I am working on the preliminary section of The Rill and I really like it. But, I’m struggling with the lace section. My SSKs are much tighter than my K2TOGs and the whole right side of the lace is really closed up. The left side looks perfect (I think) Do you have any advice about how to open up my SSKs? Here’s a link to a photo of where I’m at now

    Posted 08 Feb 2014 at 10:57 AM
  9. Mim wrote:

    Katie, it looks as though you are twisting your stitches when you make the ssk, which would screw with the tension. If you are a standard knitter (vs. a combination knitter), then you should review the steps of an ssk and make sure that the stitches are oriented right when you do it. If you are a combination knitter, then you might find this pdf on decreasing in combination knitting very helpful.

    Posted 10 Feb 2014 at 7:26 AM
  10. Bee wrote:

    I have the same question as #6 . on Row 5 of the first short row, do we start with lace row 1?.

    Posted 22 Feb 2014 at 7:39 PM
  11. Mim wrote:

    Yes, that’s what it means. You will repeat Rows 1-4 of the lace chart over and over. So if you worked Row 4 last, the next time you work the lace panel section, it will be Row 1.

    Posted 28 Feb 2014 at 9:28 AM
  12. jeannie wrote:

    I have just finished knitting this and it looks great so far. I am a little confused about how to block it though. In a spiral shape so that the ruffled portion lay’s flat or in a straight line stretching the lace portion slightly? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Posted 31 Mar 2014 at 11:17 AM
  13. Mim wrote:

    I block it in a spiral or crescent shape with the lace portion on the short edge and letting the short rows flare out. Works like a charm!

    Posted 10 Apr 2014 at 2:16 PM
  14. Jill wrote:

    I must be insane! I have knitted as much as 10″ of this wonderful scarf only to rip it out over and over because my lace section doesn’t look like the picture. Your lace picture (Pg 3 closeup of lace) looks diagonal with 4 holes, a thin middle section and 4 holes. Mine is straight with 2 holes, a thicker middle section, and 2 holes. Help!

    Also I want to piggy back on questions 6 & 10, but back it up to the beginning of the pattern. Rows 1-4 are clear. But then when repeating rows 3 & 4 nine additional times, do I also repeat rows 3 & 4 of the lace chart like I did when knitting rows 3 & 4 originally, or do I work 1-4 of the lace chart?

    Thanks. I don’t want to give up on this pattern!

    Posted 12 Apr 2014 at 8:18 PM
  15. Mim wrote:

    Hi Jill, you’ll see in my responses to Questions 6 & 10 that you need to keep repeating Rows 1-4 of the lace chart on that section between the stitch markers. No matter what you do with the short rows, if the last row you knitted of the lace chart was Row 4, then the next time you reach that lace panel, you knit Row 1 of the lace chart. It just keeps repeating over and over 1-4, 1-4, 1-4. The short rows don’t work complete rows, which is why the instructions when you get to the lace panel says “Work next row of Lace Chart”

    Posted 13 Apr 2014 at 9:02 AM
  16. Jill wrote:

    Thank you, Mim. That straightened everything out………or I should say that “diagonalled” everything out for me! Best wishes and keep designing.

    Posted 14 Apr 2014 at 6:33 AM
  17. Wendy Warawa wrote:

    I had the Rill scarf pattern for a couple of years and am just about to start it. Page 2 suggests “seeing the YouTube tutorial video at——” the site to go to is confusing and I keep getting an error. Where do I go and is the tutorial only the 2 needle cast on or other parts?

    Posted 30 Dec 2014 at 12:34 AM
  18. Mim wrote:

    You can find all of my tutorial videos here in my YouTube channel.

    The two-needle cast on is here:

    Posted 30 Dec 2014 at 12:41 PM
  19. Janet overman wrote:

    I am having difficulty with how to get 8 sts. For the rolled edge in the very beginning of the pattern. Where is the increase for that edge? I see the increase for the ruffled edge. Please advise!

    Posted 04 Jan 2015 at 4:19 PM
  20. Mim wrote:

    Hi Janet. There isn’t an increase on that edge. The pattern instructs you to cast on 20 sts. That includes the 8 sts for the rolled edge and the lace panel. When you block it, you can give that whole area a pointy angle.

    Posted 05 Jan 2015 at 11:16 AM
  21. Cathy wrote:

    Hi Mim,

    I am working on your beautiful rill scarf for my daughter-in-law. I just completed the first part of the third short row section. I’m now at the part where it states work 10 rows even as established. I understand this means work with no increases or decreases but do I begin with row 1 of the third row section or simply knit 10 rows following the 1-4 lace pattern?

    Thank you.

    Posted 17 Jul 2017 at 9:09 AM
  22. Mim wrote:

    So it means that the sections that are in reverse stockinette, keep working in reverse stockinette and keep the lace section progressing in that same way. Rows 1-4, 1-4, 1-4. etc….


    Posted 17 Jul 2017 at 2:12 PM
  23. Cathy wrote:

    Thank you for getting back to me so promptly. I understand what you said but am still not clear about whether those 10 rows at the end of third short row section begin with row 1 of that section (and therefore include the short row wraps). Can you please clarify-thanks!

    Posted 17 Jul 2017 at 7:22 PM
  24. Mim wrote:

    No short rows at all. Just 10 full rows with reverse stockinette where you were working reverse stockinette and the lace chart where you were working the lace chart.

    Posted 18 Jul 2017 at 11:04 AM
  25. Cathy wrote:

    Thank you so much! If I’m understanding correctly, once I finish the initial 10 rows in the third row section, I then complete the 3rd row section 36 times. Since the directions say to “repeat from Third Short RowSection to *** I’m assuming I’m including the 10 even rows in each of the 36 repeats, for a total of 576 rows (16 rows in each repeat). Sorry to be a pest, just want to make sure I’m interpreting the instructions correctly.

    Posted 18 Jul 2017 at 1:16 PM

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