Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along

The inspirations for this knit-along are the Scarf Style and Wrap Style books (from Interweave Press); should you wish to share your creations from the book, this is a wonderful place to do it. Also welcome are helpful tips, corrections, ideas for variations, and suggestions for materials. This knit-along will last indefinitely, so join any time!

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Ruffle grows

This is a fun one to work on. Someone here posted a photo of a two tone one on their blog that looked great (each side off the middle was a different color so it looked almost like a barber shop pole). That is how I'm going to make the version of this for me :-)


Ruffle update...and a little more

Re Ruffles: I have read lots of people comment that they were unhappy with the bumps the wraps made when you knit the last row or the pattern (does that make sense??). I discovered today, after being very unhappy with the way my ruffles looks that if you SSK the wrap and the stitch instead of doing a K2tog - there is no ugly bump in the row!! I am slipping - first the wrap, then the stitch - knitwise onto my right needle than knitting both together. I am so happy this works! Please let me know if you try this and it works for you, too. I will trr to take a few pictures to show what I mean.
In other scarf news - I started the Here and There Cables scarf (for my MIL)in a pretty heather purple, Cascade 220. What a fun pattern this one is! I have a huge thing for cables and this one looks great. Instead of using a cable needle, I am using a DPN in the same size (I'm using US8s), this lets me knit the stitches directly off the DPN - it is sooooo much easier for me than a (slippery) cable needle,
Pictures of both scarves will be on my blog tomorrow.


The humble beginnings of the Campus Scarf

The shipping box makes a very nice yarn holder, in addition to being full of tasty packing tape (according to the kitties).

It's knitting up very quickly (in fact, I've added two inches since I took the picture). But the more I look at it, the more I realize it doesn't do what it's trying to do. It's described as kind of fake plaid - the combination of the stripes and texture is supposed to do it. But it doesn't work that way. It looks like stripes on texture... and that's it. It's still nice, aside from the unsightly ridge that pops up when switching between sections of texture. And, good lord, I'm gonna have a billion ends to weave in. There's only one spot on each chunk where the main color doesn't have to be cut, and weaving in ends is going to be a bitch on the little stripes of color (two fat ends, two rows worth of color). But I shall persevere!


Thursday, October 28, 2004

Another Ruffler

I have to admit, Ruffles called to me the moment I saw it! My Scarf Style was a gift from my most excellent Secret Pal III, and I can't thank her enough (I'm assuming it's a her, that's probably wrong of me)! I'm planning a Ruffles out of a beautiful browns, oranges colorway of Kersti. I have another one planned for myself out of some gorgeous purple cashmere I picked up at Stitches East. I'll keep you informed of the progress, I promise (now if I could just get all of my other projects out of the way...)


Administrative notes.

FYI - I'm able to edit posts. So if you notice HTML getting corrected or a picture resized, blame it on me. :) I won't edit your content itself, but if something throws off the blog, I'll try to fix it. Tonight I discovered that pictures over 425 pixels wide mess up the blog format, so please make sure you've reduced your pictures to that size or smaller.

On that note, you also have the option of using BloggerBot to insert pictures; this means they won't need to be placed on a seperate server, and the program automatically resizes and allows you to add captions, etc. If you're interested, download the program, choose a username, and you're all set! I've heard that it's a great little program, and it's FREE.

The knit-along is growing by leaps and bounds! Hello to all of you new members!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Another replacement question

Jill, what are you using for your scarf? That's another one I can make (cables are easy and beautiful!) but again, $10 per skein on an eight ball scarf? Whew! Let me know what you're using and if anyone has good suggestions for replacement!

Ruffle Progress

Here's my Ruffles so far...



Here and There Cables

I had no idea that the Ruffles scarf was so popular until I started reading blogs again! It is cute & I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's progress.

The scarf that I had to do first was the Here and There Cables. I started it a few days ago and it's going pretty well. It's my first time using a cable needle and it's not that difficult. It's awkward more than anything.

Here's a shot of my scarf :


Late to the Party!

Hi! Jennifer here. I'm just getting ready to get started on the "Color on Color" scarf. My plan is to use it as a piece of "art" in our living room, which is without any color. I'm interested to learn some of the techniques that I've not tackled before (Fair Isle!), so this will be a challenge as well as a fun knit. I've finally got the Denise cords cleared off, yarn for the first 10 sections-I think I'm ready to go!

Hello from Abbey

Hi everyone! I am starting the Ruffles scarf, and I want to do the vintage velvet scarf too....and then there's that crochet/beaded scarf..... I love this book.

I work at a yarn shop, and we got the Classic Elite Premier yarn in, so I decided to make the scarf for display in the shop. I love how this yarn feels.
It took me a little while to get the pattern down. Is anyone else seeing that the 'spine' of the scarf is knit pretty loosly? I'm using size 6 needles, but I wonder if I should go down to 5's.

and Molly...I don't know if you can substitute yarn on the Vintage Velvet scarf. You'd have to find another chenille with wool in it,(touch me has 28% wool) since the scarf is lightly felted to give that vintage look.


Vintage Velvet Substitutes

To all the experienced knitters out there:

I would like to make the Vintage Velvet scarf, but it calls for five balls of Muench Yarns Touch Me. At about $11-$15 a skein, that's a very expensive scarf! Does anyone have suggestions for replacement yarns?

Also, does anyone have a good suggestion for a beginner scarf, other than the Vintage Velvet? (This would be my backup, in case I can't find a cheap replacement for the yarn.)

Thanks so much!


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Even more Ruffles!

Hi! I just joined too. I started my Ruffle scarf yesterday. I'll try to post a picture of my progress tomorrow. There's a little picture of it over on my blog if you can't wait...

I am using the yarn that it calls for in the pattern (Classic Elite Premiere) in Frosted Blue. It is very heavenly to knit with!



Monday, October 25, 2004

Another Ruffle maker

Hi I'm new here. The ruffle scarf just called to me to be knit.... so my mom is getting one for christmas. The Camel Hair yarn I picked up at should work out pretty well for this. I'll post a photo once I get going (so tomorrow :-) )


Finished Ruffle

Hi all & welcome Molly,

Please go to my blog to see the finished photo. Sorry, but I really need to get up from the PC.

I choose to do a three-needle bind-off and then stitched up the spilt at the beginning to bring the tips to points.

Tipper, thanks for the good wishes and looking forward to seeing your scarf - are you following the pattern's colors? I love Mission Falls (there's a cotton sweater in my WIP album) and have been thinking about doing the Yarn Harlot's poncho out of the 1824 wool for a while, so thanks for the web link.


Hello from Molly

Hello all! I've just joined this lovely scarf-along (ah, I see all these fabulous -alongs on the internet and here is the first that I can actually participate in... I'm a newbie to the knitting world). I'm anxious to get started. I'll pick up the book at work today (a bunch of us knitting co-workers at the bookstore have ooooh'ed and ahhh'ed over this fun fun book, so what a fabulous excuse to pick up a copy).

Here is my knitting blog, for any who is interested:

Now I just need to figure out how to add the funky button to my sidebar (my webpage and I have a daily struggle, you see--it usually wins).

Looking forward to getting to know everyone,

PS: This weekend my mother and I are flying to Broolyn (my first time in NYC!) to visit my little sister who just moved out there this summer, and my mom has promised to help me learn to make hats and scarves on the flight! One more step towards that beautiful cabled fisherman knit sweater... yep yep.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

My fingers itch!

Sure, I've got other things to knit (right now, a Lopi pullover and a pair o' socks), but I want to make another scarf! I'm eagerly awaiting my package of Mission Falls wool from Busy Hands Yarn (for the Campus Scarf). It was on sale at $3.95 a ball, so I couldn't resist. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll have enough leftovers to make a hat (it's like two projects for the price of one, people!).

Anyway, I guess I'm the odd one out here. Everyone else is making that noodley thing! :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Rotini Ruffles

Playing around with Ruffle. Just did a post with several photos, so check my blog.

I'm interested to hear how others are doing with this pattern. Caryn and Georgia - still working on yours?



Sunday, October 10, 2004

Interlocking Balloons is now... over.

Hey, I didn't promise that it would be exciting, did I?

It looks pretty much like the one in the book, though maybe a little shorter. Not that it matters, as necessity is the mother of invention, and I remembered that I know a very short dude: my dad. I went down to a #5 needle because on #6s things were hanging a little loose (not in the good way). I used two balls of Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport, which means my scarf cost about an eighth of what the one in the book does. Yay for being cheap!

The boyfriend does deserve a scarf, though. (This was intended for him, but since he's 6'4", a 5-foot scarf isn't gonna do.) He expressed interest in the Mission Falls wool stripey thing that Mr. "Yes, the tuft of hair IS on the right lip... really!" is modeling. Ack - just what I need. More yarn I need to buy.


Wednesday, October 06, 2004

I finally got my book in the mail yesterday and have been drooling over everything in it ever since! I still think I want to do Ruffles first but there are just so many to choose from! I am going thru my stash and deciding if I actually have something that will work for it and going to try and make a decision and start within the next couple of days.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

I'm New...

Well Ruffles is the one for me, but I must tell you now I am not calling it Ruffles. To me it looks like a noodle and so from here on out I will refer to it as the Noodle Scarf...

I am not using the exact yarn the pattern calls for, I never seem to. Instead I am using Alpine Cotton that I picked up a couple weeks ago at A Wool Gathering. It is oh so soft and came in skeins of 400 yards. My original plan was to dye it, but when I saw the Noodle Scarf for the first time I just knew it had to be left au naturale. I have only completed about a foot and it is supposed to measure in at slightly over 7'. I guess I should get cracking...
Check out a picture here!

You can also check my blog, On My Mind, for updates about this beautiful Noodle.

Later Alligator -Georgia

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Well, in a bout of knitter-obsessive behavior, I stayed up until midnight to regain my frogged yardage and am now moving forward. It doesn’t matter if I spent days to reach the point where I ripped, I don’t want to put it down til I’m pulling from the ball again. Until then I’m reminded of my folly, my miscalculation, my ineptitude. So now, I’m free.

And it is SO much better. Flexible fabric and easy to knit (changed from 8 to 10 7/8). Thanks to my friend for her brutal but kind honesty.

Nancy's reworked scarf Posted by Hello

Friday, October 01, 2004

Frogged already

Oh the saddness. Had a brutally honest knit friend over for tea - she took one look and agreed, too tight, not enough drape, rip it.

I frogged as we chatted to reduce the pain. Will start again tonight, though with bigger needles it will fall into the "inspired by" catagory.

Still waiting on my book to arrive, but I peeked at a copy in my LYS and started this scarf (don’t remember name/page).

Wanted to use stash, so I'm using Fiesta Yarns’ La Boheme, which is a little too big and bumpy to get the exact look, but it's working out ok. Not my usual colors, but maybe that’s good. Still wondering if I should have used #9 needles and just let it be bigger/looser. May do a quick swatch, may bag it. I had no idea what to do with this yarn. It was a seconds purchase from the shop in NM, so I'm not even sure of the yardage. Got a little concerned, so in a moment of great prescience I took the knitting off the needles, weighed it, weighed the ball and did the math. Nice to think one too-short scarf (waiting sadly in the drawer) and another knitted-3-times to get the length have taught me something.

Cast on per the pattern, but have made one change. I’m slipping the first stitch of each row to create a smooth edge, which I like regardless, but really helps with the rayon boucle. If you want to do that too, be careful to slip the first stitch purlwise on the 2nd and 4th pattern row (the 4th row is K on a ws) and purl the last stitch of the 4th row, which becomes the first slipped K st on the next row.

Nancy's La Boheme scarf Posted by Hello

I’m going to do the balloon pattern with Tipper but need to wait for the book. My memory’s not good enough to remember get milk when I’m in the grocery store (so yet another trip today) much less hold a cable pattern.

Have a creative weekend,
The Crafty Wench