Not Quite Samite: Marcovefa

Ah, dear reader, there you are again! How kind of you to join us — and just in time to hear about my new collection of small scarves: Not Quite Samite. Perhaps you remember some posts about some of these scarves from two summers ago. What can I say; ambition and laziness intervened, and I’m going to settle for 6 or 7 scarves rather than my hoped-for 10. So you can look forward to one release each month until the end of the year or so.

It all started with Bertechildis, one of the three (nearly simultaneous) wives of the Frankish king Dagobert I († 639). Well, no, it actually started more than ten years ago at university when I formed a tendre for a fellow student whom I’ll call Frederick Barbablonda. We were both studying medieval history and while I ended up as a freelance knitting designer, he eventually did become an actual professional medievalist with a real job at a university and trips to conferences and publications in journals. Anyway, back in the day I started reading about the Merovingian kingdoms and all kinds of Vulgar Latin chronicles in order to have an excuse to keep his company and now the dynasties of the “long-haired kings” still exert a surprisingly strong hold on my imagination.

That said, these designs have nothing to do with Merovingian clothing (about which relatively little is known), but my sense of humour is childish enough that I find it funny to give such names as Waldrada and Gomentrude to these light and lacy accessories.

Samite is a heavy silk cloth woven with gold or silver threads. It was often used in medieval royal garments. Sadly, none of these scarves have been knitted with gold or silver yarn – although, come to think of it, angelina and firestar might have done the trick. Well, maybe in another iteration.

In the meantime, perhaps you’d like to meet Marcovefa! Featuring Estonian butterflies, it (she?) is knitted in two pieces: the border + body and second border, which are then grafted together to form the entire scarf length. The pattern assumes that you know how to knit nupps, cast on provisionally, read charts, and graft (Kitchener stitch).

The pattern has been tested and is available for purchase on Ravelry!


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