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!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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!



  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger Kiri said…

    Hi! I'm a knitter/weaver and I use chenille alot. I frequently need thousands of yds for projects on the loom, so I buy chenille by the lb on cones (much cheaper that way). If you're not looking to stockpile like that, try this site
    This is the same gauge yarn as is used in the book. Just check the fiber content before you order. And its only $2-4/ball for about a 75 yd ball.

    Basically, you're looking for a chunky/bulky rayon chenille. Rayon is what makes the yarn smooth, shiny and velvety. So make sure you're picking a chenille with rayon. You also generally want to knit the chenille with needles 2-3 sizes smaller than the yarn company recommends using. For example, Muench suggests using size 11 needles for Touch Me, but the pattern calls for size 8 needles. Here's why: chenille has a tendency to "worm" (wiggle its way out of stitches/weaving patterns) if it's not worked tightly. Trust me, it looks icky and breaks when this happens, ruining your work :(

    Good luck and I hope this helps. You'll love the Vintage Velvet when you're done - it'll be SOOO soft and snuggly. :)


  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Kiri said…

    This place has more colors!
    You'll need just under a lb. of this, so at $14 for a 2 lb cone, you can make more than one. This will probably require a smaller needle than the site suggests, but you can always test a small swatch with bigger and smaller needles, handwash it, then see which one's tight enough to use.


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