Razor Shell Scarflette

This Razor Shell Scarf is the perfect way to use a small amount of a luxury yarn.
Razor Shell Scarflette, worked with 8-stitch Razor Shell stitch. © Sarah E. White, licensed

This Razor Shell Scarflette -- that's a word I probably made up for this project, which is a short little scarf -- is a perfect project for when you need a little pick-me-up or a special gift to give to someone who needs some comfort.

Worked from a single ball of cashmere yarn, it's a wee luxury that you're sure to enjoy knitting and wearing thanks to the super-soft yarn and easy but lovely stitch pattern.

Of course you could pick up two balls or use a yarn that comes in a bigger yardage than the one I chose to make a longer scarf, but I wanted to illustrate what can be done with a single ball that's still luxurious and a great gift that doesn't break the bank.

And it's the perfect size to tuck into your coat, with the soft cashmere yarn right against your skin. You're sure to love this simple project!

Materials

  • one ball of Lion Brand LB Collection Cashmere, or about 80 yards of light-weight cashmere of your choice (I used color Terracotta)
  • pair of size 6 US (4 mm) knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle
  • supplies for blocking

Gauge

Gauge is not critical, but I got about 5 stitches per inch/2.5 cm in stitch pattern.

Size

Finished scarflette is about 5 inches/12.75 cm wide and 34 inches/86 cm long after blocking. For a longer scarf, buy more yarn and knit a longer piece.

Instructions

  • Cast on 25 stitches.
  • Beginning on a wrong-side row, work in Razor Shell pattern (see below) until you're about to run out of yarn, or scarflette measures about 32 inches/81 cm, or length of your choice.
  • Bind off loosely on the wrong side in purl.
  • Cut yarn, weave in ends.
  • Block your knitting, using lots of pins to help open up the lace. Blocking will also help make the bind off edge scallop as the cast on edge will naturally do.

    Razor Shell Pattern

    Works on multiples of 8 plus 1 stitches.

    Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

    Row 2: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2, slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over, knit 2, yarn over, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

    Repeat these rows for pattern.

    Other Patterns Using Razor Shell

    Razor Shell is a classic knitting stitch that you can find in a variety of knitting patterns. Barbara Walker says it is a Shetland pattern, and she offers varieties using 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 stitch repeats (plus one) so it's easy to alter the design for different widths or if you wanted to use it, say, in a hat and have the pattern continue through the decreases. (If you want to check out the options, see page 206-7 of A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.)

    If you liked this pattern and want to use it in another project, here are some things to try:

    Razor Shell Neckwarmer by Wanett Clyde

    Razor Shell Fingerless Gloves by Gretchen Tracy

    Razor Shell Socks by Miriam Felton

    Elann has a Razor Shell Stole that used to be a free pattern and is no longer, but you could guess at the number to cast on to make something similar for yourself