By Susan Hanlon

Looking for a way to use up a half skein of laceweight yarn left over from a shawl, I started playing with stitches from the Encyclopedia of Needlework, a Victorian guide to needlework that is still in print today. The lace stitch I found consists of a pattern row followed by a plain knit row and is completely reversible, which makes it ideal for a scarf. The scarf is named for Thérèse de Dillmont, the original author of the Encyclopedia of Needlework.



One size


Length: 52 inches (after blocking)

Width: 6 inches (after blocking)




Knit Picks Gloss Lace [70% Merino, 30% Silk; 440/402 yd/m per 50g skein]; color: Chipotle; 0.5 skein


1 set 4mm needles




Gauge is not important for this project. Swatch with various needle sizes to achieve the desired effect.



Lace stitch:

YO, K2tog. Slip next stitch onto right needle, lift stitch formed by K2tog back over slipped stitch onto left needle, place slipped stitch back on to left needle. Knit slipped stitch. Knit stitch formed by earlier K2tog.


Twist Stitch:  (worked over 2 stitches):

Keeping first stitch on needle, knit second stitch then knit first stitch, slipping both stitches off the needle together.



Cast on 35 stitches. To adjust the width of the scarf, add or subtract multiples of 3 stitches.

Knit 2 rows plain. Then:

Row 3:  Form a twist stitch over the first two stitches; repeat lace stitch until end.

Row 4: Knit all.

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until scarf reaches desired unblocked length ending with row 4.

Final row: Knit all. Cast off loosely.



Weave in any ends and block.


Susan lives in London with her husband and tries to fit in a day-job around her knitting and other crafting. You can find more of her designs at