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, March 11, 2005

Ene's Scarf - revisited

This message is calling out to the Fearless Knitter and anybody else that may be working on this pattern. I purchased the KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud for this project. The pattern calls for a size 6 needle and the yarn has no stated gauge on it. I tried a swatch on the 6's and it was very lacy, as in, lots of holes. I could go down in needle size and I could also use two strands of yarn. I have never used lace weight yarn before and I am trying to see what other people are doing with this. Help!! - Lisa


  • At 6:05 PM, Blogger Lori said…

    The Alpaca Cloud you are using is quite a bit thinner than the Blackberry Ridge yarn used for the sample in the book.

    At 350 yards in 2 ounces, the original yarn works out to around 307 yards in 50 grams. Alpaca Cloud has 440 yards in 50 grams, making it about 30% thinner.

    As you guessed, you could go down a needle size or two to make the fabric less lacy. I made a Flower Basket shawl using a Misti Alpaca yarn almost the same size as your Alpaca Cloud and used size US 4 needles. The solid areas of that shawl looked pretty good on the 4's, and the open areas of the piece were still very lacy.

    You could also place what you've knit so far on a holding string and block it. Pieces made with laceweight yarns often look like crumpled Kleenex before you block them. Your scarf could have a fabulous, gossamer effect on the size 6 needles that you might like when it's blocked. A magical transformation!

    Two strands of Alpaca Cloud will give you 220 working yards in 50 grams. That would be pretty far "off" from the original yarn's size, too, only in the opposite direction (thicker).

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Cristina said…

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  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Cristina said…

    you know what would look totally cool....maybe if you combined the knitpicks yarn that you have with some lightweight whimsical yarn thats kind of fluffy...i think it would give it a halo look.

  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger The Fearless Knitter said…

    I agree with you on the Alpaca Cloud - it seems really lightweight. I thought about double-stranding it, as I really didnt want to go down to a smaller needle (pure and total laziness). Although - I am a tight knitter and I just don't know what effect that would have on it. I am tempted to try it with the double strands and hopefully - as someone else said - maybe it will block out really well. Its on a shelf right now - waiting for me to make a decision!

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger LisaB said…

    Thanks for the comments/suggestions everybody! Since I have so many other projects...this may just sit in a bag until I figure out what to do!


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