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, September 30, 2005

Finished Vintage Velvet

I've now finished my second scarf from this book. Here are some pics and details.

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It's not really as short as it looks. I just doubled it over to get it in the pic. It's actually over 80 inches long.

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This was my first cable pattern. I went with a differnt yarn instead of what the pattern called for. I used Knitpicks Palette in Palette. I used four balls in total, but I double-stranded them. So obviously I didn't do the felting, or part felting called for in the pattern. I really liked this pattern and am thinking about making one for myself.


Ene's Scarf question

Hello everyone!
I have just started Ene's scarf. I am on row 16. I have a question about chart 3. I know I have a ways to go to get there but I was reading a head in the pattern to see if I understood the pattern. Chart 3 shows a pattern repeat outlined in red but does not say how many times to repeat it? Is there errata for this pattern?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

~ Can you belive this ~

I finally got motivated to make some scarves from this book and low and behold the book went MIA!!!! I think I might have to go pick another copy tonight!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Hello and Orange

Hi all! I just wanted to introduce my self and say hi. I just joined the KAL, and I'm currently knitting ruffles in LB Cotton Ease. I'm not sure that I'll last in this yarn, because I'm thinking that I want to use this stuff for Samus from the new Knitty. Add to that that I was originally making this for a Christmas gift for my SIL, and now I'm thinking of not knitting gifts (don't want to be a stress bunny!).....we'll see. At any rate, there are several scarves I want to make from this book, so even if I don't have progress on this one to show, I'll have something! (Oh, and you can visit me at Knit 'n Lit)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fair Isle Jazz Progress

Well, here is my stalled progress on Fair Isle Jazz. I ended up ordering several different colors from One Fine Yarn, just hoping one of them would be the main color, which I ran out of. Just my luck, none of them were. But all is well...I am taking a piece into a LYS with a Cascade 220 color card this weekend, and hopefully then I can get the rest of my yarn! Can't wait to finish this!

The moral of the story: Save your tags!



Hi Everyone! I'm a newbie knitter and just discovered & joined this KAL. There are so many wonderful projects in Scarf Style, I am trying to decide which one to begin. I'm leaning towards Midwest Moonlight and Ruffles.

Do you think Midwest Moonlight is too "feminine" for a man, even if I use a masculine color yarn?

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Backyard Leaves and "No Stitch"

Has anyone who has successfully worked on Backyard Leaves give me advice about the "No Stitch" squares in the chart? I know that these are to be ignored and the next stitch in the chart worked, but on row 17, that leaves me with three extra stitches at the end of the row. Have I done something wrong? Any advice is greatly appreciated. This is the farthest I've gotten in the pattern and it is finally starting to look right. Row 17 would be very difficult to unravel. Thanks!


Monday, September 26, 2005

Finished Backyard Leaves!

Hi everyone!
I finally finished Backyard Leaves!

Not that you can see much in the blocking shot. Here's a close-up!

I love how the scarf ends in the leaf points!

This was done in Lamb's Pride Worsted, color Oregano, on 10-1/2s. I've got another one on the needles in white for my Grandmother for Christmas...then, one day in the distant future, there will be one for me.

Oh, yes...there will be one for me...


Just joined!

Hi all! I just joined and I'm working on Vintage Velvet in this faboo chocolate brown color (not sure that it's the color called for in the patt.). It's so yummy! I'm working it on Bamboo straights as they seemed less slippery than working on Addi Turbo nickel circs, but now I feel like the bamboo draaags too much. I'm wondering which needles you all are working this on if you're using the Touch Me.

I'll post pics later. I've already had to froggit once because I bought Touch Me Due which has black and purple which seemed alright on the ball but when knit up you couldn't see the pattern AT ALL.

Fancy pattern, plain yarn: plain yarn, fancy pattern.

Glad to be here!
Jen in Chicago

P.S. I'm at

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Trouble with Ene's Scarf

I am in the middle of casting on for Ene's scarf for the third time! THe first time I missed a "pass stitch over" and couldn't ge the cast on row back on the needle when I tried to tink it back. This time I misunderstood the directions. The chart shows a section outlined in red and beneath that it says rep 11 times. Well, I thought that meant work that section once and then repeat 11 times for a total of 12. Guess what I found out when I got to the end of the row?? Yep, I didn't have enough stitches. So I went back and counted the stitches in the chart and figured out I should have 11 total not 12. In my mind you have to do something once before you can repeat it but I guess this is not the case in a chart. When directions are written out it will say something like *k1, p1, k1 p1* repeat from * to * 11 times which would mean work what is between the *'s once then 11 more times.

Well I am chalking it up to a learning experience because this is my firt try at lace. At least I am getting really good at the knitted on cast on!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Dragon Scarf - Yarn Substitution Suggestions?

New poster:

I'm planning to make the Dragon Scarf (don't have my book here to type in the exact name, sorry!) and was wondering a bit about making yarn substitutions.

I'm having trouble finding all the colors in a DK yarn that I like working with; would it be better to go down to, say, sport-weight and double-strand or to go up to worsted and accept that the scarf will be slightly misproportioned because of it?


Saturday, September 17, 2005

Lady Eleanor progress

Lady Eleanor is progressing and I like the colorway better now than when I first started it. I am on tier 22 of 36 and hope to finish up in a week or so. Then it will be on to Ene's Scarf. I picked up some Jaeger Matchmaker in a dark red color for Ene. It is fingering weight so I think it will work ok.


Friday, September 16, 2005

Fair Isle Sad Story

Hi there!

I joined the Knit-Along a few weeks ago, but this is my first post. Just wanted to say hello! I’m currently working on Fair-Isle Jazz. I used Cascade 220 in, um, a bunch of colors. There is a sad story to go along with this yarn. I have the whole scarf nearly finished, down to the last striping section, and I just ran out of my main color. Only the thing is, like a dummy, I didn’t save the tags from my main color, so not only do I not know the dye lot, I don’t even know what color it is! And have you ever tried to pinpoint a color off the Cascade 220 website!? I just ordered 3 different skeins (the nearest yarn store to me is about an hour away) and I’m hoping that one of them will be the right one! But anyway, I’m really enjoying knitting this thing, even with the fair-isle and the yarn issues.

Have a great day!


Interlocking Balloons question

Hi! I've just joined the blog, although I've been watching from afar for some time now...

I am making Interlocking Balloons, and I splurged and bought the Maine Merino suggested, which is beautiful... but I'm wondering what experience people have had with gauge. The patterns gives the gauge in the pattern, which makes it kind of hard to check gauge beforehand (although I guess you'd get some practice doing that...). When I started knitting, my scarf seemed much larger than the gauge suggested, even though I've gone down TWO needle sizes, which I ordinarily have to do to make gauge on anything. My scarf looks to be almost a foot wide! But then again, the width of the scarf varies over the pattern, so where exactly is it supposed to be 9 inches wide?

Any thoughts from those with experience with this pattern greatly appreciated!!



Thursday, September 15, 2005

No longer just scarves - wraps, too!

How many of you have the Wrap Style book? Those of you who love Scarf Style will love this one, as it has equally unique and challenging projects and the same creativity-inspiring attitude.

It must be catching on, since Wrap Style was #2 on The Book Standard Crafts Best-Seller List last week!

My first project will be Shirley Paden's Wrapped in Tradition. I'll be using Crystal Palace Kid Merino. I haven't knit with it yet, but it feels very much like Kid Silk Haze, with slightly better yardage and a MUCH lower price. "Natural" will be my color, since that's what I have on hand.

Of course, you're welcome to post your Wrap Style creations, as this knit-along is embracing Scarf Style's sibling as well. I hope to see your wraps, shawls, and ponchos soon!

Notes from the knit-along keeper.

Our membership is growing by leaps and bounds daily; I continue to be astounded by the response! Since I now have high-speed internet access at home, it will be easier for me to promptly send out invitations to folks. The volume made it difficult to do so on dial-up.

I've changed the layout of the blog ever-so-slightly. Now included are links to Wrap Style purchase info and errata, as well as links to YOUR website when you make a post. If you have a website, please include it in your Blogger profile so that others can access it right from the posts you make. In order to make the previous posts, archives, and links more visible, I've shifted the list of members to the bottom of the sidebar. I guess I hadn't anticipated so much interest!

Some of you may have noticed that you now have to enter a string of gibberish to post a comment. Unfortunately, we've been hit with spammers (they seem so friendly/real that I didn't realize they were at first!). I hope this doesn't impede your commenting.

If you like this knit-along, spread the word!

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

ScarfStyle Knit-Out Contest

Hey knitters! Seeing as how we all love knitting projects from Scarf Style, I thought it might be appropriate to let you all know about Interweave's ScarfStyle Knit-Out Contest for original scarf designs.

From the page linked above:

"Enter the Scarf Style contests at the 2005 Knit-Out and Crochet events across the country and you could win some fabulous prizes while benefiting several good causes. Interweave Press is thrilled to be sponsoring contests in Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kentucky, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

The Grand Prize Winner in each city will be featured right here in the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits online, and there are many other great prizes for the runner-up contestants.

The contests are open to all ages, knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. All entries must be an original design to win. Scarves will be accepted at the Knit-Out and Crochet events and winners will be announced toward the end of each event."

Wouldn't it be great to see some of US featured as winners?

Yarn suggestion for Ene?

Ene's scarf is next on my list and I wondered if anyone has suggestions for a yarn from Knit Picks? The pattern suggests a gauge of 11 stitches/2" which would be 5.5 stitches/inch. It calls for laceweight yarn but most of Knit Picks' DK weight list that gauge.

This will be my first lace project, so any suggestions are welcome


Sunday, September 11, 2005

Started Lady Eleanor

She is about 1/3 done..I am on tier 12 now. I am using Noro Kuryeon #92. I ordered the yarn from Purl Soho at an excellant price. I am not in love with the colors but it is growing on me. I was torn between this color and color #150. I couldn't find a good pic of color #150 so went with the 92. I have since seen color 150 in person and think I would have been much happier with that.

But anyway, I am sure it will work just fine to curl up in front of the fire in snowy upstate NY this winter :-)


Saturday, September 10, 2005

Ene's Scarf is Finished

I finished this a while ago but forgot to post it here. Sorry.

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Ene's Scarf from Scarf Style
Yarn: K1C2 Madelaine (discontinued), just over 4 skeins
Needle: Clover Bamboo US8
Finished Size: 70"across and 40" long


Friday, September 09, 2005

Finished Chevron :) Posted by Picasa

Well.. Here it is.. One Chevron Scarf is finished.....
It is such a FUN looking Scarf... isn't it ??
I just love it and I know My Grandaughters will also..
Now I have to make two more :)

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Help with Stripes and Bobbles

You may well ask, Why on earth would anyone, even the most gormless beginner, need help with Stripes and Bobbles?Photo of Stripes Without Bobbles

Well, more accurately, at the moment it's Stripes Without Bobbles. I've finished the stripes, or at least as many as I'm going to make for this scarf. Now I'm seeking advice on what colors to use for the bobbles.

Please have a closer look and comment. Thanks!


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Chevron Scarf Posted by Picasa

OK.. Here it goes.......
Thanks to Lori for her "clear" explaination the Chevron Scarf is on its way !!!
There was nothing wrong with the directions.. it was just "ME" trying to work out the stitch count.... :)

I am doing the Childs size for My Grandaughters and I am using all the Bright colors in Simply Soft....The Girls are going to love them :)

Monday, September 05, 2005

12 inches

Originally uploaded by DandyLion1974.
well I still didn't get the first slst, so I just knit it and did the slipped stitches from then on, just wanted to show off my progress... it's so soft I can't wait to wear it!!


Chevron Scarf ????

OK.. I am having a problem here with the chevron scarf on page 33...
I tried it about 5 times already.. Changing this and changing that..
I can not get the stitches and the pattern as it is written to work out...
I CO the 39 sts .. Knit 1 row..
Then do the Chevron Pattern as it is written on page 33.. NO No ..It does not work out!!
The first row is OK.. But now PLEASE someone.. Do the Second row and tell me what happens!!!
I frogged it five times already because I did not work to the correct amount of stitches..
It will only take you a couple of minutes... Just tell me what the Heck is wrong with the second Chevron Row...
HELP !!!
Anxiously waiting.....

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Not so fast

........that's me!
I was going to start Lady Eleanor, but cannot decide on yarn. What I really want to make it with will cost me 112 pounds and I can't do that right now. I did start a forbes forest for my DH but am only about an inch into it. Sigh. I do read the blog regularly and I hope that after my upcoming trip out of town that I'll be able to get rolling full speed ahead on Lady E!!!

Friday, September 02, 2005

New Ruffles-er

Hi all!

I started doing ruffles the other day in manos del uruguay my Mom had given me. But 5 inches into it and I felt like I'd already used a ton and doubted I'd have more than a 30" scarf, so I frogged it. Now I've restarted it in some bamboo that I picked up (it feels fabulous, if anyone hasn't knit with bamboo, I'd seriously suggest it.) but I just feel like now it's too flimsy. I'm considering frogging that too and just giving up and doing it in acrylic. Does anyone have any ideas on this? I'd prefer to avoid acrylic so if anyone has some other yarn suggestions?

- Mamie


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hi, Just joined and have a question already

I'm just casting on for ruffles and need some help... I'm a new knitter and confused about sl1 knitwise with yarn in back.... the yarn is in the back and I can slip it ok, but when I go to knit the next st, the sliped st slips off the needle...and I lose that stitch... what am I doing wrong??

I'm using bernat satin and 4.5 mm needles, I love this yarn.. esp since it's in my price ;~)
thanks for any suggestions