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!

Friday, December 31, 2004

Here and There Cables

Here's what I've been able to complete over the holidays. It's been my traveling, "mindless" project to work on while visiting and watching movies. It's an incredibly easy scarf once you get through the cable row once to try it out. I need a new scarf, so this one will be mine when I'm finished. I'm using a size 6 needle and Mountain Colors Weavers Wool in Spruce-- I was able to get 3 skeins of it for $20 at a LYS in Springboro, Ohio while visiting my parents over the summer.



I really like the way it's knitting up, but I still have some pesky holes because of the nature of the "reversible" cables. I'm hoping they hide themselves a little better when I block.

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Another one or two knitalongs?

I have joined Pam Allen's Scarf Style knitalong, but it's a bit of a cheat because I have already finished the turtleneck shrug scarf by Teva Durham. However it's an easy pattern so I may do another one as a gift, but I have used up all my Rowan kid classic so it will have to be in another yarn. I like the multi-color concept so if I do another it will also be multi-colored. I also like the stripes and bobbles scarf, it looks fun.
The other scarf knitalong I will join is Clapotis, which looks set to be another knitting blog world classic, like the Bucket hats, the Booga/Sophie/French market bags, the multidirectional scarf and the Koigu Charlotte's Web Shawl. I actually cast on yesterday and am now starting the straight rows. The yarn I am using is Cherry Tree Hills Possum Paints worsted. I bought 6 skeins to make my husband a Christmas multi-directional scarf and hat set, but on second thoughts, the colorway is what I would call either Mirkwood or Mossy Bog ... and I don't know exactly what I was thinking when I bought it, because while the colorway is rather masculine it is definitely not his favourite colors, remember my husband is probably the only heterosexual man I know who likes (to wear) bright colors. So, I decided to set this yarn aside and buy some more yarn :> for my husband's scarf and hat set. This time in 100% cashmere sports/worsted-weight 200yds/2oz (or 175yds/5og) in his colors of yellow (earth) red (fire) and green (wood). This is from an ebay seller, at I think a rather good price, about US$10-$15 for a 2 oz skein, which is cheaper than Possum Paints at $16 for 1.75oz skein. I can't decide which is butterier , though, cashmere, possum or angora. Cashmere feels buttery but smooth, possum feels furrier, like angora, but doesn't shed as much.
Clapotis did catch my eye when I was looking through Knitty's winter 04 issue, but the yarn required, both the amount and the type, made me think it was too much yarn (cost) for one scarf. Normally, 2 to 3 50g balls would be enough for a scarf, like the multi-directional scarf, which takes about 200-300yds of sports/worsted weight yarn. But now that the Possum Paints has become stash yarn ...
Unfortunately, flipping randomly through the blog world yesterday, I found yet another source for scrumptious hand painted Italian cashmere (plus silk and merino) yarns. Two Pointy Sticks at http://www.mothheaven.com/ has the most declicious colors I have seen yet. I am especially drawn by Rivendell and Highland Heather, but at US$34 for 1.5 (fingering) to 2 oz (Aran) it is more expensive than alyval (US$15/2oz/worsted200yds and aran75yds, Chinese cashmere but the color palette is limited to 2-3 different colors per colorway), rpascal (US$19/1.8oz/fine 430yds, mostly pastels), danette_taylor (US$21-28/2oz /fingering200yds to bulky80yds, most colors spectrum from pastels to earths and brights). Arugably, this is still cheaper than more commercial companies like Cherry Tree Hill, Mountain Colors, Fleece Artist etc. which also carries handpainted cashmere yarns. But, US$34 x 3 would be US$102 for a Clapotis? No ... not right now. A better bet would be Over the Rainbow yarns merino/silk, or maybe even the Handpaint Heaven's Annual New Year Sale starting in a few hours.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Vintage Velvet, but not really Velvet.

Happy Holidays everyone,

Well, I just started my second scarf from Scarfstyle. I am doing the vintage velvet scarf in Jumping Classis from Adriafil. Which is an acrylic/wool yarn that is so soft it does not scratch my sensitive skin. Mmmm yummy. I have finished 5 repeats so far. I think I will go until I think it is long enough.

Bye!!!

Tawana

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

ruffles!

i am so loving this ruffles scarf. i'm doing it with peruvian collection highland wool from elann in the "russet" shade. this is my first experience with the whole wrap and turn phenomenon, so i'm enjoying it and find that it is great mindless knitting to do while watching turner classic movies. woohoo!

here's a wip shot, albeit a not so very good one:

this book is just a treasure trove, and i'm a-divin' in!

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New to the Knit-along!

Hello there!

I love this book and am so excited to join this Knit-Along. Now that I have made it through all of my Christmas knitting, it's time to make something for me. First on the list is the Ruffles Scarf. A couple of LA yarn stores are having yarn sales next week and I will be on the lookout for the perfect yarn for this project. Oh joy!! Hope to post some pics soon.

Deena

Forbes Forest on the Needles



Here is the beginning of my Forbes Forest scarf, designed by Queeen of Cables Kathy Zimmerman.

The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool, a wool-silk tweed blend, that I received in a gift exchange. As you can see, it's almost exactly the same color as the rubber stitch markers!

I went down to a size US 4 (3.5 mm) needle because this yarn is thinner than the original used in the book. The fabric feels wonderful, and the scarf is about 8" or 9" wide, so I'm not even going to bother measuring the gauge. I have 4 skeins, and will just go until the yarn runs out.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Midwest Moonlight Complete

Here are a couple of images of the scarf I just finished blocking. It was fun to knit. Which one to start next??






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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Three Repeats Done

I finished the third repeat on my Backyard Leaves scarf last night.

One down, many more to come

I've finished Stripes and Bobbles. Although it was a very easy project, I struggled a bit with the color scheme and got worried towards the end as to whether it was not turning out into a complete failure. But now it's done and I've tried it on I'm happy. It is indeed very different and I don't think everyone could get away with it, but my friend will look great with it on.
Next: Pam Allen's capelet.

Stripes and Bobbles Posted by Hello

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Vintage Not-So-Velvet

I just finished this scarf for my brother-in-law for Christmas. (Just under the wire, I know...:))

It's the pattern for Vintage Velvet, but I used Highland Peruvian Wool rather than Muench Touch Me.

It was my first real cabling project and was much easier than I thought it'd be.

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ruffleskitty


ruffleskitty
Originally uploaded by princesadepoder.
Ah, ruffles. My first venture into the knitter's bliss of Scarf Style. How could I resist?
I've had to put ruffles on hold for a few weeks while I work on Christmas gifts. Ruffles started out as a present for my friend Susan, but the more I work on it, the more it says it wants to be for me.
My cat, Gigi, keeps me company while I knit.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Midwest Moonlight

I'm nearly done with my Midwest Moonlight scarf. Since I grew up in Missouri, this was my first project of the book... of many to come, I'm sure! I'm using Naturally Luxury Double Knit (50% NZ wool/50% NZ mohair) in fuscia. I'll show pics soon.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Backyard Leaves Begun

I started my scarf today. I'm using leftover Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Thyme from my Rogue sweater. I managed to knit one full pattern repeat. Then I was joined by some friends and couldn't follow my chart and the conversation simultaneously. I'll post a photo soon.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Ruffle Scarf


Ruffle Scarf
Originally uploaded by carmelnap.
Well, I actually finished the scarf sometime ago, but I only just got to take a semi decent picture. This scarf was easy to knit and would definitely do it again. I can't wait to knit some of the other scarves in the book!

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Backyard Leaves finished!

I finished Backyard Leaves last week, blocked the two pieces, sewed them together, slung it around my neck, stylishly, of course. YIKES, it was NOT snuggly, NOT soft, NOT what I wanted. So what's a girl to do? Turn to knitblogs, of course, where I found the answer in Bonne Marie/Chicknits blog -- give it a soak in hair conditioner -- which I did -- and while it's not the snuggliest scarf I have ever knit, it's a whole lot better!

Here it is:




And some detail:


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Friday, December 10, 2004

The Campus Scarf: Unveiled
My wonderful boyfriend was kind enough to pose for a picture this morning.



Don't mind his pose; he has a minor obsession with posing exactly the same as the guy in the book. If he would've been able to grow a goatee just for this picture, he would have.

Verdict on the ends: sticky-outy, but not coming undone. Thank you, Mr. Duplicate Stitch! (In the interest of being entirely honest about my knitting with you people, I have to admit that it took me until I was 2/3 through weaving in ends to realize what duplicate stitch actually did. It duplicates stitches. So instead of following the picture in the book I had - The Reader's Digest Knitter's Handbook - I should have, well, duplicated stitches. It looked much nicer and was easier and more fun once I figured that out.)

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Thursday, December 09, 2004


The beginning of a stripe Posted by Hello

Stripes and bobbles

I'm joining you to knit Stripes and Bobbles. I dont' think anybobody's knitted it yet but I must admit I haven't checked all the archives yet.
It is an extremely simple pattern but I've chosen it because I think it's different and a good way of starting working with colour.
I'm not using the recommended yarn because I live in France and it would be long and expensive to get it, but it's a great way of using left-overs.
I've hurt my arm by knitting too much, yes knitting can be dangerous!, and even the extremely boring k1 p1 rib pattern is a joy to knit after 3 weeks of forced deprivation!
Although I'm only allowed to knit 1h a day, I hope I can get it done for Xmas and give it to my friend in time. If not, she'll have to wait!

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Ruffles in Red Red Red

I just finished Ruffles in red. Well, not quite finished, as I haven't blocked it lightly like the pattern suggests. Mostly because I'm not sure how to go about doing so. So....any blocking advice from others who have finished Ruffles?



It's a Christmas present for my mom-in-law. Hope she likes it. *crosses fingers*

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Misty-Eyed...from Frogging

Oh sadness, when I realized that my claim to have "memorized" the pattern so easily was just a trap I had set for myself. Sadly, a whole skein of misty was frogged. But actually, her newer version has a better color scheme, as well as nicer shape - so I suppose it was for the best.
Remember Knitters: no matter how easy or simple it may seem, DO NOT CAST ON a new project when sleep deprived and concentration-drained...it will make you "misty"-eyed.

:) Anne-Caroline

hello!

Hi, my name is Jen and I'm working on the Zigzag Stripes scarf pattern by Debbie Bliss. My Secret Pal sent me the book, plus 4 skeins of Noro Kureyon. Since the yarn is multicolored, I'm just doing the pattern straight without changing yarns, and it's turning out to be so pretty, with the colors flowing into each other like a sunset! I'll post a picture soon of my progress!

Is this a great book or what? I can see myself making almost all of the scarves!

Monday, December 06, 2004


While I'm at it, here's a close up photo of Ruffles done in Cascade 220 (2 skeins) on a size US 8 needle. Posted by Hello

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Here is my Vintage Velvet scarf that I made for my daughter for Xmas. The picture is a little over-exposed but it's a very soft gray. The final step in the process is felting the scarf - a quick run through a hot wash cycle. It came out of the washer looking like a drowned rat and I thought I'd just thrown away a big investment. But, then I put it in the dryer and voila - it's beautiful. Posted by Hello

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Saturday, December 04, 2004

An Affair to Remember


FairIsle
Originally uploaded by Autumnsnow.

Fair Isle of Color on Color.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Finished Misty Garden

I used Fiesta Yarns La Boheme (rayon boucle and mohair together) from my stash and bigger needles, so mine is a bit less refined. Still, it was nice to clear stash. This photo doesn't show the color best (it's much lighter/brigher - the boucle shines), but I'm having camera issues.


Misty Garden Posted by Hello

Two thoughts: If you do make it a on-the-go project, double check to see if you're on the right or wrong side when you pick it up. A couple of times I misread the ridge and started with the wrong pattern row and it took several rows to notice it. Second, because my yarn was larger and lumpier, so I made the end stitch on both sides a stockinet slip stitch. Doesn't look to be an issue in the book's version though. Just thought I'd mention it for others substituting.

Watching all the Ruffles grow is great. You may want to learn to knit backwards if you don't already - really really speeds things up.

It's fun to see so many people doing Backyard Leaves.

Nancy

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Scarf Style Kits

FYI - for all who are looking for Scarf Style Kits. I just received a mail order catalog from The Wool Connection. They offer a Color on Color kit called Explosion in Color for $73.95 plus s &h. www.woolconnection.com. They also have put together other kits for the Scarf Style book: Floral Trellis, Stripes N Bobbles, Fair Isle Jazz, Campus Scarf, Ruffles and Bright Stripes. The prices seem fair.


Carol

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Misty Casted On!

My Jo Sharp Mohair *finally* (um, yes, after five whole business days - geez, am I the most impatient yarn a-waiter?) arrived - and Misty Garden was cast on today! Over the course of the last half of The Apprentice, I was able to knit four repeats. This scarf has immediate satisfaction - I could memorize the pattern, see the outcome, and watch the color changes of the yarn all at once! This yarn is actually quite nice - soft (and not itchy), shedding is really minimal, and the color is oh-so-elegant. My only concern may be that the 38 stitch length may almost exactly replicate the length between color changes, so I seem to have fairly uneven distribution of color - so far. But I will work a few more repeats to see if it changes a bit, before (shhhh - I almost said the "R" word!). Whaddya think?* Check out the progress on my blog, if you wish.
Anne-Caroline
http://goldenneedle.typepad.com

* I guess to tell me what you think, you would like to actually see a photo - well, I am having issues uploading photos to this site, so anyone who can tell me how to do it - thanks!

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Misty Casted On!

My Jo Sharp Mohair *finally* (um, yes, after five whole business days - geez, am I the most impatient yarn a-waiter?) arrived - and Misty Garden was cast on today! Over the course of the last half of The Apprentice, I was able to knit four repeats. This scarf has immediate satisfaction - I could memorize the pattern, see the outcome, and watch the color changes of the yarn all at once! This yarn is actually quite nice - soft (and not itchy), shedding is really minimal, and the color is oh-so-elegant. My only concern may be that the 38 stitch length may almost exactly replicate the length between color changes, so I seem to have fairly uneven distribution of color - so far. But I will work a few more repeats to see if it changes a bit, before (shhhh - I almost said the "R" word!). Whaddya think?* Check out the progress on my blog, if you wish.
Anne-Caroline
http://goldenneedle.typepad.com

* I guess to tell me what you think, you would like to actually see a photo - well, I am having issues uploading photos to this site, so anyone who can tell me how to do it - thanks!

L'écharpe "Chips" est aussi en France

Mon écharpe "Ruffles" est finie. Je l'ai tricoté en qualité Tibet de chez Katia, 100% laine, aiguille 5 mm. Venez la voir dans ma galerie ! http://www.20six.fr/dorothy2

Ma Secretpal m'a posté de la laine Quatro de chez Cascade et je pense refaire une Ruffles Scarf avec !

My scarf " Ruffles " is finished. I knit it in quality Tibet from Katia, 100 % wool, needles 5 mm. Come to see it in my gallery! Http://www.20six.fr/dorothy2
Ma Secretpal send me Quatro from Cascade and I think of redoing Ruffles Scarf with!
Hello everybody!

I'm working on a Ruffles scarf using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in bright pink. It's turning out well!



I'm also considering a Color on Color scarf... I'm thinking of yarn possibilities right now.

Read more at my blog!

Jenifer
http://knittingat5337.blogdrive.com

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