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

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!



  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger Sue said…

    CynCyn, I'm not sure how you got from 14 stitches in row 52 from 13 stitches in row 51 but the way I interpret the chart row 51 should only have 13 stitches not 14 and then row 52 should have 13 also. Row 52 just involves slips, purls and knit stitches so you may able to carefully unknit row 52 and then figure out why row 51 has 14 stitches instead of 13. You may have to unknit row 51 also. Did row 50 have 15 stitches? If you aren't comfortable going backwards stitch by stitch then maybe another trip to the LYS is in order to get help. Good for you for taking on this challenging pattern. In the future don't forget about the dental floss tip - especially if you aren't comfortable 'unknitting' stitch by stitch to get back to a mistake.

  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger CynCyn said…

    Maybe I'm being dense. However I count, I still get that when I finish row 51, I should have 14 stitches on my needle. Then, row 52 only involves using 13 of them.
    I count each box as one stitch... when I finished row 50, I had 18 stitches on my needle (which look about right to me, since row 51 involves three decreases which take away a total of 4 stitches...leaving 14.)

  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Lori said…

    On Row 41 the scarf divides into two sections that are worked separately. Are you by any chance working the rows beyond Row 42 across all the chart stitches with a just single ball of yarn?

    If you had 18 stitches on the needle after finishing Row 50, that would be a clue that you might not have divided into two sections. On Row 50, the left section has 3 stitches, and the right section has 15, but they are being worked separately.

    The section on left ends by fastening off the last stitch after Row 51. The section on the right has 13 stitches after completing Row 51, and continues on to Row 63 all by itself.

    If this sounds like it might be the answer, carefully rip back to Row 40, and follow the directions on page 81 for how to divide the work on Row 41 and how to work the two sections thereafter.

  • At 1:12 PM, Blogger Sue said…

    CynCyn, I think our row numbers are off from one another. If you look at the chart I am referring to the numbers to the right of every other row which are odd numbers. The rows in between without any number to the right of the squares are the even numbers.
    Here's another way to double check row numbers. On my chart row 48 has 13 purl stitches in the middle of the row (blank squares).
    The row 51 I'm referring to does not have three decreases in it-it just has two decrease and each of these two decreases take you from 2 stitches to 1 stitch. So before knitting row 51 you should have 15 stitches and after knitting row 51 you should have 13 stitches. I don't see any rows in this part of the pattern that have three decreases in it.
    Make sure you are not overlooking something simple like interpreting one symbol incorrectly like a slip symbol for a decrease symbol.
    Here is what the chart tells me:
    Row 47 has 19 squares, should have 19 stitches after
    Row 48 has 19 squares, shold have 19 stitches after
    Row 49 has 15 squares, should have 15 stitches after
    (row 49 has two decrease that are each 3 stiches to 1 stitch. That is how you lose 4 total stitches and go from 19 stitches to 15 stitches (row 48 to row 49))
    Row 50 has 15 squares,should have 15 stitches after
    Row 51: has 13 squares, should have 13 stitches after
    Row 52 has 13 squares, should have 13 stiches after
    Take a deep breath... and pick up your scarf-half when you aren't tired nor when you are in a hurry and you don't have any distractions :) Sue

  • At 2:16 PM, Blogger Sue said…

    Ahh Ha. Lori may have discovered where the confusion is. Thank you Lori. Cyn Cyn does that make sense?
    Here's a tip about the second ball. I measured the length of my 'second ball' before I used it and after row 51 when I was done with. I used 72 inches of yarn knitting the left side of rows 41 to 51 - including the tails to weave in. That number is helpful to know when you are near the end of the second-half and you don't have an extra skein to start a second ball with.

  • At 2:39 PM, Blogger Sue said…

    CynCyn: I posted my 1:12 PM before I read Lori 12:52 comment. Sorry. Well actually I started typing my comment before Lori's comment got posted. I guess I'm a slow typer.
    If you can rip back to row 40 you will have 26 stitches on your needle. Here is what you then do;
    From the right side of the chart start knitting row 41.
    Knit the first 10 stitches from the chart (the 10 includes the yarn overs). If you are using a marker like the chart suggests here is where you encounter your marker. Remove the marker and knit the knit stitch and the k2tog shown on the chart. Now stop and let go of the yarn that goes to your ball and knit the next stitch (ssk) with a new ball of yarn and then continue knitting the rest of the way across the chart with the new ball. When you finish row 41 you should have 12 stitches from the old ball of yarn and then 11 stitches with new ball of yarn all on the needle.
    Row 42 you start reading the chart from the left and knit 11 stitches with the new ball, then drop that yarn, pick up the yarn from the old ball and knit the rest of the row. After row 42 you should have 11 stitches from the new ball and 13 stitches from the old ball (12 aquares but due to the increase the old ball knitting should have 13 stitches after row 42).
    All of what I said in my 1:12 pm comment is true for the 'old ball' part of those rows (the right side of the chart).
    Another tip: for rows 42 to 51 you can place the marker you removed in row 41 in between the two sections of knitting to remind yourself to drop one ball and start knitting with the other.

  • At 8:08 PM, Blogger CynCyn said…

    OMG! OMG! The lightbulb has turned on! I wondered about dividing the sections, but thought for sure it would've SAID something. OK. MY BAD. I see that I didn't finish reading the instructions. AAAHHH!!! Hear my pain in having to TINK so many rows (i'm not comfortable ripping and reinserting my needle....not with that many twisted stitches!) Thanks to everyone for giving me the much needed slap upside the head.


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