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!

Monday, January 31, 2005

new the knit-a-long

Hi all

I'm making my second 'here and there cables' scarf. i made the first from jo sharp silkroad aran and it turned out beautifully. that scarf was a gift and now i'm making one for myself. i'm using araucania nature cotton which is a thick/thin yarn so the texture is really different than my first. since this scarf is made out of cotton i'm thinking it will be great in march/april when it's always colder than it should be.

i also started the fair isle jazz scarf but haven't been able to make progress on that for months unfortunately. i got through the first set of fair isle motifs and about half of the cabling but just haven't had time to pick it up again.

i love what everyone is making from this fantastic book!


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just a quick poll to get to know you guys....
1. where are you? (town/state/country...whatever you want to share)
2. what scarf are you working on right now?
3. whats your favorite thing about the scarf....and your biggest annoyance about the scarf??

finishing first half of backyard leaves...


Ok, in all seriousness, I'm at the end of the first half of my scarf. I finished row 51 with 14 stitches, and row 52 only has 13 stitches!! Anyone? I wanted to finish this half tonight... that's what I get for planning!!

TIA to anyone who can help me!


Sunday, January 30, 2005

Blocking Ruffle - confessions of a Beginner Babe

Hello, My name is Knottie Knitter....and I don't know how to block....*gasp*....*weep*.

I just bought the Classic Elite Premium for Ruffles, and after reading the pattern, I realized that...I DONT KNOW HOW TO BLOCK!!!

After further investigation (via the knit-ernet) I realized that EVERYONE blocks EVERY project....AAAUUGGHH.....this raises some very important questions:

1. what have I been missing??
2. how the heck do i do this??
3. what does designer kate mean by "light blocking" for ruffles?????



I just love everything in Scarf Style, but when I saw 'Lady Eleanor,' I knew I had to have her! I am using Noro Kureyon because La Lana was too pricey for me. I am getting a similar effect although the guage is different so my stole is only 21" wide on size 9 needles. I have never knit entrelac before but it is great fun and much easier than it looks! I'm glad I'm having a snowy winter so I have had more time to dedicate to this project. I think I'll try knitting Ruffles next.  Posted by Hello

Ruffling away

Hi everyone! I just joined up - I'm currently working on Ruffles.
I've never used Cashmerino before - can I just say, "YUM!"?
There are so many scarves I want to make from this book! I didn't think much of Braided Mischief until I saw The Fearless Knitter's version in Noro - now I have to make it! I may or may not have just ordered the Peternayan Persian yarn for Color on Color - but got one of those 'time-out' errors right when I clicked SEND ORDER - so I don't know yet if it went through. Doncha hate that?
Midwest Moonlight and Blizzard are the next 2 I'd like to do.
My Picturetrail


Friday, January 28, 2005

Problem with Vintage Velvet :(

The problem, I have this amazing yarn that I purchased on ebay. I only have three skeins, so a scarf really is my only option at this point to what to do with it. And with as cold as it has been in Ohio, the warmth of a wool scarf is really attractive.

So, I started Vintage Velvet from the scarf book. I had to highly reduce the width since there is no way I have enough yarn. There is only 75 yards on a

The problem is I don't think after knitting skein one, that it really works I am afraid to say. I love the pattern and I love the yarn, but I think it istime to frog again. What do you think?


Yet another Ruffle. I've done several but thought you all may like to see how awesome it is in Noro Kureyon. Posted by Hello

thanks for the it is...

thanks to everyone who posted some much needed sage advice. I ended up going to a LYS. If anyone's in Denver metro area here, I have to suggest going to Recycled Lamb. Very helpful ladies there, even if you don't buy anything. I value customer service, so this store will be getting a lot of word of mouth business from me, as well as my continued patronage.

oh. back to the point. here's the progress on my backyard leaves.

so far... Posted by Hello

I also got a yarn shipment in today, which included the Reynolds Blizzard in light blue (#612), for crocheting the blizzard shawl.

here's a pic of the yarn.

blizzard Posted by Hello


Thursday, January 27, 2005

I'm impressed....

...with all the Gorgeous Scarves popping up here.

I actually started work on Ruffles again.. no new pictures though.

Here is a totally unimpressive non-progress picture of my Color on Color scarf...


Sue: Why don't you overdye the whole scarf? Make it a slightly darker green and the two dyelots should blend together nicely.

Suzie: what yarn did you use? I am on a real Feather and Fan kick right now after having finished the Seascape Shawl from FiberTrends which has a F & F border. I may have to put Misty Garden on my to-do list.

Anne in Colorado

My two dye-lot Back Yard Leaves scarf. See my previous posting below.
I finished my first scarf from the book: Backyard Leaves. I love the pattern but I'm very disappointed in my scarf. Please listen to my saga... I guess I'm looking for consolation.
Since the scarf pattern looked to be a fair amount of concentration and time I decided to splurge and purchase a more expensive yarn for it. I bought 250 yards of cashmere on Ebay for $40 plus shipping. Although this was one Ebay item, the yarn came wound in two 125 yard balls. The Ebay seller was someone who hand dyes/hand paints yarn. The yarn looked fine to me so I started the first scarf-half. I finished my first ball with about 4 more inches to knit on the scarf-half so I started using the second ball and noticed a slight color difference - like a different dye lot. I thought to myself I really didn't like a different dye lot sold to me in one Ebay purchase but the colors are very close and only a knitter who is scrutinizing this scarf closely will ever notice the change so I kept on knitting and finished the half.
Now the yarn was shipped to me without any gauge or washing instructions so I e-mailed the Ebay seller and asked about washing. The seller responded that I could hand wash with mild shampoo, rinse with hair conditioner or dry clean.
I noticed that as I was knitting this scarf-half that some of the dye was coming off the yarn and on to my hands so I started to suspect this yarn wasn't very color fast. I didn't want to block the scarf-half , spray it with water and have green dye run all over my ironing board so I decided to hand wash the scarf half with cold water and Woolite, rinse it out, dry it flat until barely damp and then block it. This is where my problem with the yarn really showed up. The last part of the scarf- half that was knitted with the second ball changed color from the washing much more than the rest of the scarf-half. Now I have a scarf-half that looks like I knit it from two different shades of yarn. The color change between the parts of the scarf is impossible not to notice. The second scarf-half has the same problem.
So has this ever happened to you before? Does hand painted yarn always handle hand washing differently from skein to skein? Should I have never hand washed a hand-dyed/painted yarn?
Next time I ever purchase yarn from EBay I will scrutinize each ball . If there are any differences in color (like a dye lot change) I will seriously consider sending it back. But meanwhile I have a scarf that represents time and money but looks terrible.
I am using Bloggerbot to post this which doesn't seem to have a way to post a picture so I'm going to post this text and then try to use Hello to post a photo of my poor scarf.


A Home For Noro....

Hi Guys! Recently bought some Noro Kureyon (very first time using it!) and could not find anything to do with it. So it sat, staring at me - begging for attention. Tried the 'Braided Mischief' pattern with it and love it! Highly recommend this yarn for this particular scarf. I used giganto sticks so its coming along super fast too! Misty Garden might be next - very pretty Suzie!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Misty Garden Is Done!

Misty Garden

I had to put this aside for the holidays, but I'm so glad to have finished it! I really love it. Now, what to tackle next? Midwest Moonlight (Carole, yours looks beautiful!) or Backyard Leaves?


Checking in with a backyard leaves...

Hello everyone! I am a relatively new knitter (learned less than a year ago). I gravitate towards scarves b/c of the instant (almost) gratification. I love choosing a pattern, some yummy yarn, and seeing what the combination creates. Intro to my scarfstyle experience and the backyard leaves scarf.

My first attempt at chart knitting. Probably not the best idea I've ever had, but it seemed to work out fine (after five starts and rips). I am up to my sixth repeat of the pattern, but made the HUGE mistake of knitting and chatting simultaneously. Uh. Then, I tried TINKing. Uh-Oh.
Now I'm stuck. I want to try frogging, but am SO scared to rip a few rows out b/c I'm not sure I'll be able to put it back on the needles the way it should go... any advice? I was thinking to take it to a friendly LYS for help...


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

hi! (intro)

Hey, glad to have found this KAL! What a lot of Ruffles there are! ;)
I'm working on Midwest Moonlight, which I'm knitting with Rowan Wool Cotton in a discontinued color, "tulip". It's my first attempt at anything even close to lacework, and I'm finding it much easier than I expected. It's such a beautiful pattern, I love how it's coming out!

Sunday, January 23, 2005


i finally have a scarf to show you ... i can't believe you people who've said ruffles was a quick knit! i am so impressed by you - this has got to be the longest i've ever taken to knit a scarf! in the end, i gave up after only two balls of yarn and 100cm of ruffles (as opposed to the 218.5cm as instructed in the pattern).

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i like my scarves shorter anyway ... and it's still wearable, so i'm happy! plus i finished it before the scarf-wearing season is over, which i probably wouldn't if i were to make it longer ...

happy scarf styling!

kris (strikker)

Friday, January 21, 2005

Scarf Style is about crochet, too!

Are any of you working on (or planning to work on) one of the crocheted scarves in Scarf Style?

I ask out of curiosity (this may be a KNIT-along, but we still readily embrace our one-needled cousin), and also because a publicist from Interweave contacted me about the possibility of some such crocheting Scarf Style-r to appear on a new DIY show.

As a limelight-loving Leo, it sure makes me wish I'd already started the flower trellis scarf. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Yet another Ruffles

I just joined up -- I just plain love this book. I'm about a third of the way through my Ruffles scarf, knit in Dreambaby DK microfiber. Not so expensive and super soft.

I can't wait to try some of the other scarves I've seen in this knit along!


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Still Leafing Along

I'm still chugging along on Backyard Leaves. I've completed nine repeats on the first half so far. Here's a photo after six repeats.

It's very hard for me to work on this and chat with my friends at the same time. I'm getting better but in the last few days I had a rip a few times too.

A new scarf-addict from France

My name is Sophie La Sof , I live in Paris. I'm knitting Ruffles thanks to another french Sophie which tell me the pattern is not difficult, thank you Sophie, you were right!

I started with the yellow acrylic phildar yarn (3,5 french size needles), then i wanted to try with two colors and couldn't wait for the first ruffles to be finished. For the red and black one, I use Phildar also, sportlaine (4,5 needles). I want to effer it to a good friend and must finish it quick! It's fun to knit this scarf, and so easy that i can even knit inside the metro.

have fun everyone!

Searching the knit-along site

Annie Modesitt e-mailed me this morning to let me know that she loves the knit-along and how satisfying it is for designers to see people knitting up their designs. She reminded me of one thing I don't like about Blogger: the inability to categorize posts. Wouldn't it be handy to click a link and see everything about Backyard Leaves on one page?

Unfortunately, I can't manipulate this blog to do that, but I can tell you all about the search bar at the top of the page. I've never tried it until tonight, after I got another search up and running. Sure enough, it turns out that the search box in the top left will search this site only. Want to see all the Ruffles? Or see who used Cascade 220? Plug it in and let the wonder of technology do the work for you.

(As for my own Scarf Style knitting, it's nonexistent right now, although I'm trying to convince myself - or not convince myself - that I deserve Vintage Velvet knit in Touch Me.)

Monday, January 17, 2005

118 Ruffle Goodness

Well Ruffles, Ruffles and more Ruffles is done. The final measurement is around 118inches of ruffled goodness. It has been done for awhile, but I was trying to wait for
some real light to get an accurate colour photo.

I was really happy at how the colours turned out with the stripes. I was worriedthe hole time that I would run out of yarn, but at 118 inches I don't thinkI need that extra skein. My husband has decided that it really feels and lookslike a sea cucumber. He keeps grabbing the ends and squeezing. He claim it always makes him hungry. On the flip side a lot of people have commented with the colours it looks like intestines. Either way I as so happy with the way it has turnedout. My first completed project with my knit buddy, MeowGirl.

I have just started on the vintage velvet scarf from the book. Though I have
run into a lot of problems with the yarn I chose and the gauge being to big.
I will post more when I am happy with the scarf.


Saturday, January 15, 2005

misty garden scarf

Misty Garden takes on the Winter

misty scarf

Hello everyone

Today this wonderful lace scarf is going to take on a crisp and cold winter day. I knitted the scarf with two Fleece Artist yarns, a kid mohair and wool, both hand dyed. I really enjoyed the soft changing colours and the lace was a great choice.



Thursday, January 13, 2005

Happy Scarf Knitting Everyone! (See post below to account for this random photo - excuse my blogging inexperience, I do no justice to my generation.) Posted by Hello

I can't believe I have started *four* patterns from the same book - this is a first in my knitting household! Two of the projects are complete: the Misty Garden scarf and the Vintage Velvet scarf.
Misty Garden was knit with the suggested Jo Sharp mohair in Earl Grey (which is more purple than gray, by the way). I used one extra skein to make the scarf a bit longer, as the recipient of my scarf pointed out that this winter's scarf style, in the true sense, was very long, medium-width scarves. I was happy to oblige. :) This yarn is softer than you think, but can be a pain to rip, and is significantly more pleasurable to knit on bamboo's than metal (trust me).
I am having some trouble sending photos (this bloggerbot thing is no good!), so below you will also see the Vintage Velvet done in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, in a marigold color. This scarf was done on size 8's, bamboo also, and is incredibly soft and warm. I used four skeins. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ruffles FO

I ended up doing a larger version of Ruffles using Homespun. I like the results alot.

Kim at Ball of Yarn


Misty Garden/Here & There Cables

Has anyone knit the Misty Garden Scarf? I am curious to see and/or hear about your progress. I am about 1/4 into the second skein and find myself cursing the yarn and the needles when I inevitably come to a K2TOG that won't KTOG on the first attempt. I am using the Jo Sharp mohair shown in the book per the intended recipient's request. This is a beautiful scarf and I am so pleased that my MIL requested I knit it for her.

When I finish the Misty Garden Scarf, I am going to knit Here and There Cables with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in light blue from my stash. I only have five skeins, so I hope I have enough, otherwise I will cast on half of the stitches to get the same pattern in a thinner scarf.


Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hello from Czech Republic.
Unlike many of you I decided NOT to start with Ruffles (although I was tempted :-) and went for Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole.

It looks rather different from the original since I used totally different yarn (in color, quality and gauge) but I really like it anyway.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

A new sign up and another ruffle

It truly is a wonder how many wonderful ruffle scarves are being knitted right now. Meow Girl and I started the scarf on Christmas Eve. She was looking for something to keep her fingers busy and what better then a scarf project. Then she was nice enough to teach me how to do short rows. So I have now taken over the project to finish. Our first joint knit buddies project. It is so nice to have friends to work on projectstogether.

I am using some very old Cleo Egyptian Cotton by Plymouth. It has been in mystash bag for 11 years. Time it get used for a good cause.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

gimme an r! gimme an uffles! what's that spell?!

it's ruffles! and it's completed. as i posted before, i used highland collection peruvian wool from elann in russet. i think mine's about 80" long. i think my next choice is forbes forest, but honestly this book is so awesome, i fall in love with a new scarf in it every time i read it!


Midwest Moonlight

I am joining this knit-along from rainy London. I chose to start with 'Midwest Moonlight', and I am using a Noil Silk that I bought at La Droguerie in France: it is a snazzy turquoise blue. I must confess that I reached row 8 and had to take a breather (I am a fairly new knitter, you see).


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Yet another Ruffle

I put aside my first project from Scarf Style to work on Holiday gift knitting. But here we are in the new year, and Ruffles is my number one lunch break knitting priority....I only have a few inches so far, but the repeats go quickly. I still feel like my wrap and turn is wrong, but I'm going by the book....I'm using a cotton blend of unknown origin...much fun!


Saturday, January 01, 2005

Reminder: the purpose of this knit-along

This knit along is for scarves knit from the book (or inspired by the book) Scarf Style. Talk about other scarves is okay if you're also posting about your Scarf Style scarf/scarves. There are other knit-alongs for other scarves (i.e., Clapotis). This isn't to be mean or overly restrictive, but more so that when people read this blog, they know what we're talking about. If we start discussing all sorts of other patterns not in the book, it will create confusion.


Happy New Year

that was meant for my personal blog