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September 15, 2007

Japanese Vines


A while back, I bought a 10-pack of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids in assorted colors. The skeins sat in my stash for a time before I realized that, although the yarn was lovely, it would probably never become socks.

But the colors were so pretty, I wanted to come up with some use for all that yarn. I thought about what else a single skein of fingering weight yarn could become. A lacy scarf, perhaps?

With a skein of loden green as my inspiration, I started hunting through all my stitch pattern books for a leafy motif. I found what I was looking for in a Japanese stitch dictionary--hence, the name.


Lacy, leafy, and easy to knit. A single skein makes a narrow 6" x 69" scarf or a wider 7.5" by 49" scarf. The CTH yarn is actually quite nice for lace knitting. After a good blocking it becomes soft and drapey.


Blocked on the left and unblocked on the right.


I like this pattern so much that it's almost all I've been knitting for the past three months. Eventually, everyone I know will get one of these. I've made four already, and have several more in the queue.

I'm also using this pattern to teach an Introduction to Lace Knitting class at Portland's hipest new yarn shop, Twisted. [Yes, can you believe it? I'm teaching knitting].

And so, I humbly offer for sale the pattern for the Japanese Vines Scarf.

Note: Because I am new to this e-commerce thing and I'm not sure what the sales volume will be, at least to begin with, I am going to be accepting payment through PayPal and filling the orders myself through email. If this becomes difficult or cumbersome to do, I will switch to an automated system.

Because I am filling orders by hand, there will be a delay between placing an order and receiving the pattern. No orders can be filled between 6am and 5pm PT on weekdays.

Japanese Vines Scarf Pattern

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids

Pattern Price: $5.00


08:26 AM | Permalink


Michelle, your lace scarf is a lovely design. I especially like the geometric, modern feel of it. I can't wait to cast on for this pattern. Long live the new blog!

Posted by: Laura at Sep 15, 2007 3:34:36 PM

Very nice! And congratulations on teaching at Twisted :-).

Posted by: Kathy at Sep 15, 2007 7:37:37 PM


Posted by: joan at Sep 16, 2007 1:11:20 AM

Very attractive! And of course I can believe you are teaching lace knitting!

Posted by: fleegle at Sep 16, 2007 3:05:48 AM

What a great pattern - if I had a lone skein of sock yarn, I would have already ordered, but soon enough ;) Congratulations on teaching - that's great.

Posted by: Donna at Sep 16, 2007 5:57:20 AM


Posted by: Analae at Sep 16, 2007 4:47:55 PM


This is a great pattern :) And the green is really pretty with it! With the paypal, be careful about the amounnt they take from every sale - also, be sure to check your account is personal version, not business. I made that mistake, and its ot easy to fix (you have to call the company I think, at least I had to). I had a customer for my buisness (photography - send me money that way, for a CC, which I usually dont accept. She sent $350.00, and i recieved $323.00 from paypal after the cut. Just dont want you to miss out on your sales - because that pattern is a doozy :)

Love your site :)


Posted by: Gia at Sep 17, 2007 8:47:00 AM

Ooh, that's lovely! Congratulations!
(That's a nice red-eye Singer you've got, too)

Posted by: BigAlice at Sep 17, 2007 12:52:40 PM

Michelle, It's gorgeous! I. Must. Have. It. Thanks so much for sharing.

Posted by: Susan at Sep 18, 2007 10:08:04 AM

Very lovely lace scarves!
Especially love the green one.

Posted by: Manasi at Sep 25, 2007 8:09:05 PM

This is a beautiful knit. Brava.

Posted by: Nik at Oct 3, 2007 2:51:40 PM

Found your site through Ravelry. Love the pattern and just ordered it !

Posted by: Marianne at Nov 8, 2007 2:30:49 AM

Just had to visit and congratulate you on your beautiful scarf. Looseends Melissa finished hers and put it up on Ravelry.

Love it!

Posted by: Kerstin at Nov 21, 2007 3:36:05 AM

Love. It. beautiful work!

i just put in my order. no rush...i don't have time right this minute to knit one up anyways! LOL

happy holidays!

Posted by: michelle at Dec 21, 2007 6:33:57 AM

I just started doing the Japanese Vines (my daughter in Portland goes to Twisted & bought me the pattern & yarn) I'm feeling really stupid but I keep ending up with an extra stitch (narrow version) and am confused about the .....Both versions,"p1,k" instruction. Should every row start w/p1k3 and end w/p1,k3? Thanks

Posted by: Perri Silver at Mar 9, 2008 1:25:55 PM

Just paid for your scarf pattern with pay Pal
Japanese Vine

How do I get the scar pattern?


Posted by: Margaret at Apr 5, 2008 11:37:12 AM

Love the scarf! I was wondering if you would share the name of the stitch dictionary and whether or not it can be deciphered if you don't know any Japanese? I have been trying to find a good dictionary of Japanese stitch patterns, but without seeing the the books in person, I can't tell if the ones I find online will really be useful. Any advice would be appreciated.


Posted by: nancy at Jun 19, 2008 9:38:58 AM

I just bought this pattern at Twisted. I was in Portland for the weekend and was finding new (for me) yarn shops and saw your pattern and the beautiful samples. I love it.

Posted by: KnittingInMind at Oct 2, 2008 10:12:39 AM

I don't understand the part that says RS begin with K3 end with p1k3 and ws k4 end wit k3 because nither the written instructions or the chart shows this. do I do this extra or just the way the written instructiions and chart shows?

Posted by: Peggy at Jan 17, 2014 8:15:00 AM