This pattern should really be called “How to make the most out of two balls of Noro Silk Garden Lite”, but that seemed rather long, so Hetta it is. This is a completely reversible rectangle featuring interestingly textured stitches in combination with some simple cables, and with a few yarn overs thrown in for a fun and quick-to-knit project. Shown here as a long scarf (blue) and as a generously sized shawl (orange), Hetta is easy to customize into just about any size. It can be a short scarf or a giant bed throw; just cast on desired number of pattern repeats and work to preferred length or until your yarn runs out – it’s as easy as that.
I love the brilliant colors of Noro’s Silk Garden Lite, and Hetta could be worked entirely with this beautiful self-striping yarn. However, like many other people, the friend I’ve made the blue scarf for can’t wear mohair directly next to her skin, so I searched for a different yarn that would be a suitable match for the Noro. Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool works perfectly for this – it has similar weight and texture and it’s soft enough to wear right next to sensitive skin. There are a lot of gorgeous colors of Silky Wool out there and a rainbow of amazing Noro colorways, so the color combinations are pretty much endless and choosing just one is really the hardest thing about this project. Happy knitting!
By the way, Hetta means ‘warmth’ or ‘heat’ in Swedish.
errata added September 19, 2017
Shawl: Length: 73 inches; Width: 22 inches
Scarf: Length: 73 inches; Width: 12 inches
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon; 191yd[175m]/50g skein); color: 54 Coffee Bean (MC); 3 skeins
Noro Silk Garden Lite (45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb’s Wool; 136yd[125m]/50g ball); color: 2047 (CC); 2 balls
MC: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon; 191yd[175m]/50g skein); color: 101 Mallard (MC); 1 skein
CC: Noro Silk Garden Lite (45% Silk, 45% Kid Mohair, 10% Lamb’s Wool; 136yd[125m]/50g ball); color: 2025 (CC); 2 balls
US 7 (4.50 mm) needles: circular or straight, depending on width of your project
Stitch markers; cable needle; yarn needle; blocking pins; blocking wires (optional)
19 sts / 28 rows = 4 inches in St st, unblocked
Correct gauge is not critical for this project, but your final measurements and yardage requirements may vary if your gauge is different.
chart updated Sept 19, 2017
To customize the width of your Hetta, simply cast on fewer or more repeats; each repeat requires 9 stitches cast on and measures about 1.75” blocked. For a heavier wrap, Hetta could also be worked with Noro Silk Garden or Noro Kureyon combined with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL using US 9 (5.5 mm) or US 10 (6.0 mm) needles. Please keep in mind that your yardage requirements will change with any adjustments you make.
There will be a slight slant to the finished piece because of the cable crossings pulling in one direction; this will disappear completely with blocking.
3/3 LPC Sl 3 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work; p3 from left needle; k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RPC Sl 3 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work; k3 from left needle; p3 from cable needle.
With MC, CO 100 (55) sts: 10 (5) patt reps plus right and left edges.
Knit 3 rows; cut MC.
Contrast Color Section #1
Attach CC; work Hetta chart (rows 1 – 24) total of 2.5 (4.5) times or until one ball of CC yarn runs out. Note the row you ended with so you continue to work in pattern
Main Color Section
Attach MC; work Hetta chart, beginning with the next row (as noted above). Work a total of 9.5 (6.5) times or until approx. 7.5 (4) yards are left; cut MC. Note the row you ended with so you continue to work in pattern
Contrast Color Section #2
Attach second ball of CC; work Hetta chart, beginning with the next row (as noted above). For symmetry, work the same number of rows as you did above in Contrast Color Section #1, or until CC yarn runs out.
Attach MC; knit 3 rows; BO matching the tension of CO.
Weave in all loose ends and block to measurements. When completely dry, remove pins and trim all yarn tails.
About the Designer: Susanna IC
After nine years in Europe, Susanna IC now lives deep in the heart of Texas with her husband, two sons, one guinea pig and countless balls of yarn. Besides a background in fashion design, she has a Master’s degree in art history and a Bachelors’s in studio arts, all of which continue to inspire her knitting. Her projects and designs can be found on Ravelry, user name zuzusus, and at www.ArtQualia.com