Checkerboard Lace Scarf

This simple lace pattern creates staggered blocks of stockinette and open work stitches. A comfortable blend of cotton and alpaca gives the finished piece the perfect degree of coolness and warmth for year round wear, so it’s easy to take this look from summer on through the fall.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 13” x 63” (before trim)

Gauge: 17 sts x 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern st after wet blocking


Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Serena (60% alpaca, 40% cotton; 170 yards [155 meters]/50 grams): #S2110 Zinnia (3 skeins)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, US size G/6 (4.0 mm) and J/10 (6.0 mm) crochet hooks

Pattern Notes

For best results, use the crochet cast on method. This will make it easier to work the crocheted border along the cast on edge.
Use markers to separate stitch repeats.
The pattern includes 2 selvedge stitches (one on each side.) Take care to slip the first stitch and knit the last stitch of every row.


Ch 58.
Row 1 (RS): Slip 1, *(yo, k2tog) 4 times, k8, rep from * twice, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, k1.
Row 2 (and all WS rows): Slip 1, p56, k1.
Rows 3-11: Rep row 1.
Row 13: Slip 1, *(k8, (yo, k2tog) 4 times, rep from * twice, k9.
Rows 15-23: Rep row 13.
Row 24: Rep row 2.
Rep rows 1-24 fourteen more times, then rep rows 1-12 once more until there are 372 rows. Bind off loosely.


Wet block piece to finished measurements. Using crochet hook, join yarn and work one round of single crochet around the entire piece. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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  • Jane k.

    Which of the two crochet hooks is to be used for the cast on?

    • Nicola P.

      Hello Jane! I’ve reached out to the designer for advice and she or I will reply as soon as possible. Thanks! – Nicola, Editor


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