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!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Hello...just joined!

Hi there...I just joined the group and I haven't even received my book yet! I have been wanting it for some time and finally broke down and ordered it yesterday after seeing it at a yarn store. There are SO many scarves in there I want to make, but the one that really caught my eye was the Ruffle scarf. The owner of the shop was working on it and it was so unique. I can't wait for the book to get here and get started. Will post again once I receive it.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Hello and a progress pic.

Hello to you all. :) A quick intro: I'm Tiffany (aka Tipper), my blog is here, I live in Minneapolis with my boyfriend and two kitties, I'm in my final semester as a writing major and hoping to be out editing in the real world soon, and I love knitting and spinning and other various things.

I started on the Interlocking Balloons scarf several days ago. The progress was less-than-inspiring at first, but after I "got" it and worked on it without trying to pay attention to a movie at the same time, things sped up considerably. I'm using Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport and size 5 Addi Turbos.



The scarf I really want to do is the Flower Trellis one, but I can't bring myself to spend $40+ on a scarf at the moment.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Going in search of a pattern

Hello everyone. Only ordered the book a few days ago, so I'm thinking of going out to the bookstore later to sneak my first pattern. Hope it's in stock at B&N or Borders. May have to hit the LYS, but I was hoping to tap my stash for this and it seems tacky to sneak a peak at the pattern and then not buy yarn. Looked through the latest Interweave - are either of those two scarf/shawl patterns in the book? It doesn't indicate they are and I would assume they wouldn't miss the chance to promote.

A technical request... I'm a brand new blogger and just finished building my blog today. Not to be a total newbie, but I'm a bit confused by how to save buttons to my sidebar. I've seen lots of requests to "save it to your server", but not sure just how to do that. Currently, I'm using Hello to insert photos directly into my main blog and gallery blog and Flickr to host a gallery as well. Please someone, take pity on me and give me a tip on this. I don't want to get nastygrams about stealing server space.

Thanks in advance, Nancy http://thecraftywench.blogspot.com/


Is it punishment?

I decided to take a break from my Interlocking Balloons scarf, since I wanted something simpler while I watched TV. I noticed that Scarf Style had the chevron stripes pattern that I had been looking for; I have a bunch of leftover Koigu from my first Charlotte's Web and wanted to use it for a long, stripy scarf. So, I cast on. And try to use the pattern in the back. It's absolutely wrong.

Then I say, "Hey, Debbie Bliss has a chevron stripe pattern!" It, too, seems to be wrong.

So after casting on and knitting about six different times, I decided to figure it out myself. It was easy enough, but my brain wasn't working and I had to go through another six tries before I finally cast on the right amount. So now it's working.

The problem? Both patterns seem to ignore the fact that if you decrease one stitch at either end, you're going to have to increase two somewhere in the middle in order to preserve the stitch count. The pattern in the back starts with a double decrease and ends with a double increase, with two decreases on either end, meaning you're two stitches short. The Debbie Bliss pattern seems to do the same thing, although she, for some reason, has the pattern worked on both the right and wrong sides, so it's not as easy for me to tell (so I might be wrong about that).

Needless to say, I'm annoyed that such a small thing was overlooked. It's the same in game creation, lately: make up the directions, print up the stuff, and let the consumers figure out what's wrong, rather than testing everything in the first place.

And this reminds me to put a link to the errata on the sidebar. :)

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Ruffles!

Hello! Caryn from Fuzzy Noodle Knits here! I had preordered the book, and can I say, it is beautiful! What delightful patterns! I want to make them all, but figured I had to start somewhere, so the Ruffle scarf will be my first project. I started it a few weeks ago with Cascade Pima Tencel, but was unhappy with the results. The scarf is knit using wrapped short rows, and when I would pick up my wrapped sts, they would look all funky (you can look at my blog for photos of the wonky sts). So, I ripped last night, and started over with some leftover balls of Lana Grossa "Point" from my design in Magknits. Much better! the elastic in Point helps th keep the sts nice and even! Also, my first attempt was with blue yarn, and my Point is black, which I am much more likely to wear!

Can't wait to see what other are doing!

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Welcome to the Knit-Along!

This knit-along is for those interested in creating a scarf or two or three from Pam Allen's Scarf Style book. Why have a knit-along for an entire book? The book encourages innovation and experimentation and I, for one, would love to see our variations on the themes. Whether you're knitting exactly as written with the called-for yarn, doing a substitution, or putting your own creative twist on one of the projects in the book, share with us!

If you're interested in joining, please send an email. I'll send you an invitation to join this blog, and you can post as much - or as little - as you wish. We at least hope to see an introductory (who you are, what you'll be doing and in what materials) and a finished-product post.

Have fun!