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, November 30, 2004

A Section of Color

Here's a bit of Color on Color I have been working on. The circulars are not wanting to cooperate as you can see.


The Re-Birth of Ruffles

I restarted Ruflles with a different yarn and am much more happy with it than I was when I was using Interlacements Toasty Toes.



I HIGHLY recommend Lion Brand Microspun for this project!

I am still trying to figure out what to do as far as Color on Color goes. I joined the yahoo group (Color on Colour) and have picked up some good info from there. A lot (most?) people knitting it with the specified yarn are totally unable to get the gauge as specified in the pattern. Plus it's difficult to find the Paternayan Persian yarn not cut into 30 inch lengths, although some people have reported finding it in uncut 8 yard skeins.

I had one skein lying around from an old project and did some experimenting. On size 5 needles (as the pattern calls for), I came nowhere close to gauge. I got 24 stitches to the inch instead of 17. And at that gauge each 30 inch strand allowed me to create between 40 and 45 stitches. That translates into WAY MORE ends than I want to weave in!! So I'm still contemplating what I want to do.

Anne in Colorado
whitestarsams.blogspot.com

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Saturday, November 27, 2004

Yet Another Ruffler

Hello, I'm Gina. I am so excited to have found a group of people that are as excited about the projects in this book as I am! I "borrowed" this book from my MIL because I loved the different projects this book offers. Along with Ruffles I have started the Turtleneck Shrug and Bright Stripes (I call it Color Stripes for some reason!)

Although I haven't been knitting for very long I have not yet tried a project using the yarns suggested. Maybe one day! So...I am doing Ruffles in Cascade 220 Pink, Bright Stripes in some not really bright but nice and pretty Bernat Berella in assorted colors and Turtleneck Shrug in Kartopu Carabelli (My MIL got it from Turkey, it is YUMMY!)

Ruffles took a bit for me to get started right, after starting over about 6 times I finally got it and am so excited about the progress. Bright stripes is moving right along! The Turtleneck Shrug is on holders right now though, I couldn't find 12" #7 circs, I tried DPN's but I just don't like them so I am going to search harder for the circs.

I will try and get some work in progress pics up soon!

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Juggling

Just finished the 7th section of color on color. I've been juggling projects so it may be awhile before I actually finish this project. I can't hardly wait to see how it turns out.

Friday, November 26, 2004

More Color

So I went to my local emobroidery shop to purchase the Paternayan Yarn for the Color on Color, only to find to my dismay that they cut the threads into 8 one yard pieces instead of leaving them whole! Well this wouldn't have very practical and when I mentioned that I could get it online instead the woman in the store told me this is how it always comes. Has anyone else discovered this? Well this was a tiny little independent shop and she suggested an Anchor brand embroidery yarn instead that comes in just as many colors and is actually a little nicer to the touch than the Paternayan. Plus no fiddling with 2 of 3 strands... what I'll do when the pattern asks for more or less strands... well we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Well she got her big Paternayan color chart and helped me match up all the colors to the other yarn... I ended up buying just the first third of it. If anyone wants to know what order to buy the yarn in, let me know. I've got it all written out. Obviosuly you won't need every color right away. As for the colors, so far some of them don't seem as vibrant as the picture but they're still very nice. I did start knitting and made it up to section 5. It is a lot of fun to be working with so many different patterns and colors. It's going to make for a very interesting project...

Source for Color on Color kit

This thread on the Knitter's Review Forums mentions a yarn shop in Wisconsin that offers a kit for Color on Color; it costs $75. Click the link for more info!

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Another Backyard Leaves

I chose Backyard Leaves also because I'm a big Annie Modesitt fan. Her designs and technique are always thoughtful and creative -- but challenging! I agree with the suggestion that the edging technique should be practiced before starting. What I did was knit a 15 stitch swatch with 5 right edge stitches (pm)/5 stockinette stitches (pm)/5 left edge stitches, and knit this until I became comfortable with the technique.


You can see that I use LOTS of mnemonics when I knit lace! I copied the graph, then highlighted the right side rows (note that the setup row is a "wrong" side row), went over the center line with red, and marked off every five stitches to either side of the center. This really helps me to count as I'm working across a row and has saved me a lot of heartache. I also use a sticky note that I move up every two rows as I am knitting and a stitch counter that I set whenever I get up or put my knitting away (sticky notes slip off and who wants to waste time trying to figure out where she left off?). Finally, I place a stitch marker where indicated by the line on the chart and one just before the edge stitches at either end. Psychologically, it's a boost to me to see those edges coming up!

I decided to do this in Highland Wool #1440 (Sherwood Forest). It's ridiculously affordable (4 balls < $10!) and I wanted to try it out to see if I would like it for my next project, the Ribby Cardi. I love it. It's very soft and springy and Elann is absolutely the best for customer service.

I have three more repeats before I make the points. It wouldn't suffer with fewer repeats, though. It's plenty long now (there will be, as noted by Felicia, two sections sewn together), but I have enough yarn so I'll stick to the pattern. One thing to note: this is not a fast knit. I have been timing myself and my best section (early in the a.m. with no distraction but the BBC World News) took an hour.

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Ruffles and Color on Color

I couldn't believe no one had started Color on Color until now! That's why I bought the book in the first place... I can't wait to pair it with some cute jeans like it shows in the picture. I did however start doing ruffles too... but only because I read this blog and the thought of buying 50 different colors of yarn for Color on Color was a bit daunting at the time. I'm about half way through ruffles using just a plain old cotton and it's turning out really well. I used a Oatmeal sort of shade similar to the one in the book, because it looks so elegant in that color. As for the color on color scarf, you will all be glad to know that the yarn for this is very cheap. In fact I think they're using emroidery thread, and it only costs about a $1.00 per skien. I priced it out to about $100 dollars for the whole thing (plus all the round needles it asks for). Not too bad for something very unique. I am headed out to buy the yarn today. I can't wait to get started! Ruffles looks good, but is very tedious...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

More ruffles

Hello there,

This is my first entry and I just wanted to preface with how wonderful it is to see all these projects coming to life. I love reading everyone trials, tribulations, successes, etc.

I, like so many others, chose Ruffles as my first project from Scarf Style. And I, like so many others are finding it a little slow going. I decided to use some Homespun I had lying around for this project and so, mine is quite wider than the example given in the book. I think it still works, and the colorway is laid out rather nicely too.



I just hope I finish before Christmas! And the way this thing knits up, I can't be sure! Oi!

Kim at ballofyarn.typepad.com

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Color on Color

As much as I like ruffles, I am now afraid to atempt it since so many people have said how slow the progress is and how the pattern is tedious. I am starting Color on Color which may take me a while before I actually finish but that's alright. This knit-along looks like a lot of fun:seeing other peoples progress and tips.

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The Mathematics of Ruffles

I restarted Ruffles. (Pictures later) I am much happier with the yarn this time around. I'm using Lion Brand Microspun and it's working up really nice. But its still slow....

I pondered the slowness last night as I knitted and knitted AND knitted and seemingly got nowhere. So I decided to "do the math".

Assuming you are knitting to gauge (8.5 rows per inch) and are making it as long as the pattern specifies (86 inches) you will be knitting 731 short row sections. Yes. 731. Check the pattern. You knit one short row section for every stitch along the spine. Ouch.

You don't even want to know how long the edges are. Lets just say they are way longer than you can even imagine. Over 600 inches. Ouch again.

Now my gauge is 8 stitches to the inch so I "only" have to knit 688 short row sections to get to 86 inches.

Anne in Colorado
http://whitestarsams.blogspot.com

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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Slow to Ruffle

Hello! I just discovered this blog and thought it was a great idea! "Scarf Style" grabbed me the moment I flipped through it at the bookstore. I've already tagged about 7 different projects -- Stripes and Bobbles; "Shippo" Tail Scarves; Turtleneck Shrug; Blue Collar; Ruffled Capelet with Sleeves; and Floral Trellis Scarf. I'm also planning to frog a tank top to make the Wear-as-a-Collar Scarf (loved the yarn, hated what I made). But like most everyone else here, I decided to start with the Ruffle cause I thought it would be fast. Who was I kidding!?! ;)

Despite how simple the pattern is, it's *really slow going.* I think an earlier poster made the same comment. Anyone else? I hardly have anything to show for it, despite the fact that I started a few days ago.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Does your yarn ever talk to you?

Mine is screaming at me.

It is saying "NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!".

That would be the yarn I am trying to use to make Ruffles. It is a lovely varigated blue supersoft merino wool from Interlacements. Since the day I bought it, it has been telling it wants to be a pair of socks and fingerless mitts. I tried to force it to be Ruffles but neither the yarn, nor I, (nor Ruffles for that matter) are happy.

See how unhappy it looks:



And how much better now:



I am now thinking of using some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool for Ruffles.

Meanwhile the Campus scarf grows REALLY slowly. Not even worth taking a picture.

Anne in Colorado
whitestarsams.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Received Scarf style in the mail

Wow, more wonderful scarf designs than I was expecting even after the great reviews I've read. I have to make the beautiful Color on Color scarf sometime. The Floral Trellis scarf, Midwest Moonlight, Lady Eleanor entrelac stole, Turtleneck Shrug, Nasty Dog Dragon scarf-- I love them all, but I think I want to make my original choice first, Backyard leaves. I am going to finish a scarf I made up from a lace pattern first. If you want to see it check it out in this blog entry . I'm going to see if I can find my perfect green yarn tonight for the leaves.

Progress on the Mom Scarf

I had to put Ruffles aside for a bit to work on something more practical (Christmas gifts! Oh, and socks for me.)

And since I can't post this picture in my blog (she reads it), here's detail of the Debbie Bliss chevron scarf I'm making for my mom for Christmas:


When I measured it tonight, I'm at 27" done, and I've still got quite a bit of the first skein of the Encore. I think I'll end up making it 60" or to the end of the second skein, whichever seems best. It's quite wide in worsted weight, maybe 8 or 9 inches.

It doesn't show in the picture, but in the rest of the scarf the color seems to be pooling. The green on the edges and the purples/blues in the middle. In retrospect, I suppose I should have done the 2-rows-from-each-ball trick, but if she says anything, I'll call it a design feature. Wonder what ball #2 will do.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

scarves galore

i just wanted to say hi to everyone - i just joined. so far i've started here and there cables in a red tweed yarn, plus a teal version of ruffles (which seems to be compulsary knitting from this book!). i couldn't get a decent picture of here and there cables, but here's a marginally less crappy one of ruffles:

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i've also got my mind on the backyard leaves scarf - i may just get some cashmerino aran for that, like felicia has done. i love that yarn! i also like interlocking balloons, the turtleneck shrug ... somebody take this book away from me!

anyway, thanks for having me! i'll try to post more pics soon.

kris
obsessiveknitting.blogspot.com

Backyard Leaves Scarf...

The leaves are starting to fall into place! So far, I've only done four repeats (six or seven more to go on this half) but we'll see how far I get... The Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is pretty light on yardage, so I may reduce the number of repeats so that I don't run out of yarn. The scarf is knitted in two identical halves and then seamed together. This way, the leaves fall the same way on either side when you wear it. So smart!

The leaves are a lot more textured than I thought they would be... Very three dimensional. I imagine that blocking will soften this up a bit. Anybody block this scarf yet? I don't want to stretch it out until it's no longer springy...

Backyard Leaves Scarf close up

Backyard Leaves Scarf zoom out

Felicia from sweetgeorgia
http://sweetgeorgia.planetfishdesign.com

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

So I started the Misty Garden scarf with some yarn that I bought at the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival and it ends up the that company is called "Misty Mountain Farm"....weird. In case you are curious, the yarn is called Merino Handpaint, it's 22 micron superwash merino, 122 yds per skein. I modified the pattern slightly to have areas of stockinette stitch so that the colors can be seen more clearly. Posted by Hello

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Misty  Posted by Hello

Monday, November 15, 2004

Difficult Decisions

Hi Everyone - Well, I am still putzing around because I cannot decide which scarf to knit. I think I have settled on Misty Garden - but what color? I am between Earl Grey or Mauve/Sage - click here to see samples. Does anyone have experience with the Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Infusion (whew, that's a mouthful!) - it looks like it has itch potential, but maybe it is just fine. Any other yarn choices that ya'll have found as good substitutes? I also think I will knit this scarf slightly longer than indicated, because long scarves are in. Choice numero dos is to knit up the turtleneck shrug - probably in a goes-with-everything color, since it has to adapt to whatever shirt I will be wearing. Hopefully, I will find the time to do both! Happy scarf knitting, everyone!
Anne-Caroline

Friday, November 12, 2004

Hi there, a new scarf fan is joining!

First of all, my apologies for my poor English... French is my mother tongue, and sometimes it's difficult for me to translate what I REALLY mean into English words :) ...
Secondly, I'm very happy to join this knit-along since I bought the Scarf Style book a few weeks ago. Each project is great and makes the choice so hard...
So... Misty? Ruffles? Color on Color? The three maybe :) ? I'll let you know very soon!
Kind regards,
Sandra

Vintage Velvet on the needles...

Hi guys,
I'm Tara, a relatively new knitter (been knitting just under a year). I love many of the scarves in this book and am currently making the Vintage Velvet in Touch Me #3608, Rose. It's a Christmas gift for my mom. I definitely see a Rose Trellis scarf and maybe even a Color on Color Scarf (even if it is freakin' scary!) in my future. Can't wait to see some of other peoples' projects. Can't figure out how to post the photo of my WIP here, but here's a link to it at least
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Play Misty For Me


misty
Originally uploaded by suzieq.

I'm finally starting my scarf. I was gonna try to do Backyard Leaves or Forbes Forest, but my brain cannot handle a chart right now. My attention span is too short....maybe after all the holiday madness! So it's Misty Garden for me. I couldn't find the Jo Sharp Mohair, so I'm going with this lovely Chimere By Anny Blatt.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Another Player Checking In

This is my first post here although I've left a few comments on others posts.

I'm presently working on Ruffles in a hand dyed merino from Textiles a Manos:



I am finding this a bit tedious to work on and am not sure I'll stick with it.

I'm also working on the Campus scarf in Mission Falls 1824 wool just as the pattern calls for:



I'm usually not a striped scarf kind of person but this one really appeals to me.

The scarf I really want to make is the Color on Color scarf. I may just break down and buy a few colors to start it this weekend. Like I need to start another project.

Anne in Colorado
whitestarsams.blogspot.com

Hi, I'm signing in

As soon as I get my book I will be joining in the scarf style knit-along. So far I think I like the Backyard leaves scarf, but I haven't seen them all. Looking forward to seeing everyone's scarf!
Elizabeth
wombat@niu.edu

Monday, November 08, 2004

Hey, Hey, Can I play????

I'm new....
I love everything in this book!!
Currently knitting Ruffles out of a pinky lavender silk from Tess Yarns. It's coming out really cool. Super soft and shiny. And with the short rows and such this pattern goes remarkably fast.
I'm dreaming about Color on Color. Anyone else doing that one?
- Susan

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Tortuga-Neck!

Hi everyone! I finally got my hands on a copy of scarfStyle, and I am now in the dilemma of which scarf to make...So many options. But I am drawn to "Turtleneck" on p. 85. I am having trouble uploading pics tonight - but I put a photo of it on my blog:

http://goldenneedle.typepad.com

I have to say, Floral Trellis scarf and Interlocking Balloons are intriguing, also - but hey, why would I have bought this book if I didn't like at least a few patterns in it, right?

I am really enjoying everyone's posts, so keep up the great scarf knitting! Yee Haw!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

I'm going to do Backyard Leaves too

Hi Michelle, Blogger was a bit wonky yesterday and I couldn't post a comment so I thought I'd answer you as a post.

I ran through the Backyard Leaves chart once - very demanding, but perversely fun (if you like charts). My test yarn was all wrong and I don't have a good substitute in my stash, so I'm waiting to start it next month. I'm traveling to Louisville KY over Thanksgiving (we're visiting my parents) and I have a returned yarn credit at a store there which I plan to use for this pattern.

Let me know if you start and like your yarn choice.

Nancy
http://craftywench.typepad.com/knittingwench/

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Friday, November 05, 2004

Gearing up to start...

Hi everyone! I'm excited about this knit-along because I was so pleasantly surprised by how great the book is!

I picked up yarn yesterday to make the Backyard Leaves scarf. I've never followed a chart so intricate before! Anyone else doing this one? I substituted Jaeger Merino for Karabella Aurora 8 because I didn't like the color options for the Aurora. They had a nice olive-y green in the Jaeger, and the yarns appear to be very similar.

And I definitely want to do a Ruffle! I was thinking about doing it in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece - I have a couple of skeins in Candy Apple red.

Looking forward to this!

-Michelle
blog-o-rama.blog-city.com

Vintage Velvet - Finished!


I finished the knitting up last night at Knit Nite, and felted it as soon as I got home. It's still damp though, and will need a day or two to dry. I love it. This one is for The Shop, and I'm doing another in olive green for myself.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

I'm New!

Hi, I'm new to this blog and glad to be here!

I've knit two of the Ruffle Scarf - what fun. I did the first one in a pale pink Cascade 220 (2 skeins) and it turned out great. But, I also had concerns about the bumpy appearance of the wrapped stitches and I'm happy to read on this blog that ssk helps solve the problem. I'm thinking of washing the scarf to see if the yarn will bloom a little and smooth out.

Next I knit the Ruffle in Encore Colorspun Sherbet Print, size 8 needle. I really like this one! The color change occurs after a couple of twists and I think it looks great in this yarn. I got very tired of turning my work all the time so I've figured out how to purl back across the rows without turning my work - I supposed it's really knitting backwards. Here's a picture -maybe.

Carol

Ruffle closeup Posted by Hello

Monday, November 01, 2004

The Blue Ruffle!!!

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the group and just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I too must stand up and confess that I am a ruffler and proud of it! When I first saw it in the scarf style book I just knew, that I was going to knit it. There are so many great scarfs in that book and I am certainly going to enjoy knitting them up. :) I am already off to get more yarn for the next scarf, (the The Turtleneck Shrug) I so enjoy going to my lys. Yay!!!!
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I am knitting the scarf in:

Yarn: Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Double Knitting
Needles: Size US 7 (I did not like the way it came out on size 6 when I first started, so I went up a size)

Reformed Ruffler

I *was* working on Ruffles (I know, I know, everyone else is too), but I decided I had to put it on hold for a bit...Christmas is coming up way too quickly, and I can't think of anyone on my list who would want it. So, instead I'm going to start working on the Debbie Bliss chevron scarf for my mother, in Encore worsted in this colorway (the actual yarn is a lot darker than the picture).

I'm loving everyone elses's scarves...this is a great idea for a KAL!

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Vintage Velvet

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the group and just wanted to introduce myself and say hello.
I'm working on the Vintage Velvet scarf from the book. I'm knitting it as a model for the yarn shop I work at part-time. I will also make one for myself when I'm finished with this one. Mine will be olive green. I also want to do the Ruffle (surprise surprise!) but I have my heart set on using Classic Elite: Miracle which is a tencel/alpaca blend. The shop doesn't have it, so I may have to order it, and that means no shop discount! So, I may resort to the tencel/cotton we have at the shop....wah! Anyway, here's a shot of my progress so far on Vintage Velvet.

Kyra

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(Green) Blue Collar

Saw the link to this knitalong on Froggy's website and I wanted to join in! Here's a picture of my Blue Collar - it's about 3/4 complete. If you can teach yourself to knit backwards (as suggested in the pattern) it makes the short rows go much much faster. After Blue Collar I intend to do the ruffle scarf and the capelet with the sleeves.