Sometimes a girl just has to break out a ball of yarn and see what it wants to be. I'd had this ball of red Karabella Margrite in my stash for a while, waiting for inspiration to strike me. The Margrite is DK weight, and an 80-20 blend of merino and cashmere. It's yummy stuff. Eventually, I started thinking about Barbara Walker stitches I like involving yarn overs and pssos -- but I couldn't find anything in the stitch pattern books which did exactly wanted. So, I sat down with a pair of size 8 needles and my lovely squooshy ball of yarn, and sat down to create the stitch I saw in my head.
I'm calling it the Vine Stitch, because it reminds me of long rows of grapevines stretching along the hills in wine country. The scarf as shown took every last bit of a single ball of Margrite -- two balls would be better if you want to knit something long enough to wrap around your neck a few times.
Want to make your own? Here's how:
Using US 8 (5mm) needles, loosely cast on 19 stitches. Knit 2, *yo, sl1, k2, psso, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit. Repeat for every row until scarf is desired length. Bind off loosely. Block if desired -- blocking will open up the scarf and enhance the lacy look.
Here's a closeup of the stitch. And, just in case the abbreviations I used weren't familiar:
k - knit
psso - pass slipped stitch over
sl - slip
yo- yarn over