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, October 03, 2005

Backyard leaves question

I tried to test out backyard leaves today and i am totally confused. Pardon my ignorance...I thought I was an intermediate knitter but perhaps not. My questions are:
1. Is the set up row a RS or WS row? does it matter. I assumed I worked the chart from right to left with the set up row and then continued on from there. Set up row and first two rows of chart are fine which brings me to question
2. at which end are the stitches cast on to row 3? Is it possible to cast on stitches at the beginning of a row? If not, how do I accomplish the 3 extra stitches at the other end of row 3? and for question
3. Am I a total dolt? Is it just too late for my brain to work? shoudl I just rake up the leaves and be done with it?

yeah...yeah...I know that is way more than 3 questions but I hoped I could squeeze them in with nobody noticing. :-)



  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    Hi Kim, no you are NOT a total dolt. I spent hours upon hours trying to figure out how to get started with Backyard Leaves and was so frustrated I almost gave up. I even went to my LYS and they were stumped. But I am now one pattern repeat away from being finished with the first half, and here are my suggestions. I hope this helps...
    Consider the setup row a WS row and work it left to right. Row 1 is a RS row and you do work the chart right to left.
    2. The stitches in Row 3 are cast on at the end. What I did was turn the work at the point of casting on, and just did a knitted cast on. That seemed to work fine.

    Once you get past the first 8 rows and start with the pattern, it will start to feel right. Don't give up!


  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    Thanks Suzanna,
    I will give that a try tomorrow...I have frogged too many times tonight...
    I bought the prettiest Manos yarn in a varigated fall color. I am hoping to end up with something that looks like the fall leaves here in NY :-)

  • At 11:57 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    I think I frogged no fewer than 15 times before I finally got it. I am using the "suggested" karabella light olive in the pattern and it looks really nice. I'm going to put in a picture pretty soon.

  • At 4:33 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    I had to read the pattern and the chart like 50 times before even casting on - this is not a mindless knit! So to echo Suzanna, yes, the setup row is a WS row, meaning that when you get to the end of Row 3 you keep going by casting on the stitches indicated. You're not a dolt!

    Once you get going it's much easier, so don't give up!

  • At 5:32 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    Thanks Michele. When you cast on the extra stitches on Row 3, did you have a special way of doing it? As I told Kim, I turned the work so I was able to do a knitted cast on. I couldn't wrap my brain around any other way of doing it. I've just finished the first half of the scarf. I had to refer to the chart the entire time, but as time went on, I only needed to glance at it. I annotated little hints to myself on each row, indicating the number of purls or knits when there were more than 6 of each in a row so I didn't have to keep counting. I never was able to memorize it. Now if I can motivate myself to start it, I might actually complete a project!

  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    It worked! I must have been really tired yesterday. I cast on again and actually got to row 5...I am really moving along now. Now I need to cast on again with my real yarn and have a go at it.

  • At 9:06 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    congratulations! I just blocked the first half, and it motivated me to start the 2nd half. Hopefully I will actually finish this.

  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Claudia said…

    I started my backyard leaves just a few days ago. My additional challenge is first to translate the instruction into german, this was quite difficult but I succeded :-)
    I also started several times but now I´ve got it...
    See the progress on my blog


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