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, November 07, 2005

Shadow Dance cast-on edge details!

I took photos of the unusual cast-on edge for the brioche capelet (Shadow Dance). The pattern instructs you to do a provisional crochet cast-on (I did mine with orange waste yarn). Then, once you've knitted a bit, you simply unravel your waste yarn. I was afraid the whole thing would unravel, but, miracle of miracles!, it did not. Here's a photo tutorial :

I'm using Knit Picks' Andean Silk. I purchased 6 balls in Cream, and dyed them. This was quite an ordeal... I started using Kool-Aid, and got very bright, fluorescent colors. So I moved on to Procion dyes (thanks Marie! ), and got a nice deep red and a light brown.

I also would like to note that the instructions for the brioche stitch are much more detailed here compared to IK Spring '05. (Specifically on how to work the purl rows).



  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger grumperina said…

    Wow, that's fascinating! I didn't know that project called for a special cast-on. Your dyed yarn looks fabulous!

  • At 8:09 AM, Blogger TllGurl said…

    The provisional cast on was easy for me. What tripped me up the THREE times I've attempted Shadow Dance is the brioche increases. Sheesh!!
    I knit continental style so just getting the brioche to work for me was an accomplishment.
    I think it's partially because this thing is knit in the round.
    It really is a fun knit once you get going.
    I'm not giving up on Shadow Dance. It was the reason I bought the book in the first place.
    Well..actually Lady Eleanor. But that one I could have made without the book.
    Right now I'm working on the lace & cable wrap in the latest VK, but I'll be back.
    No brioche isn't gonna beat me!
    : )

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Veronique said…

    Thanks to both of you! Yes, the increases took me a while to master as well. I eventually realized it looked better if I twisted the loop before knitting/purling it. Obvious, when you realize that's what you do for a make 1 increase... This project goes really quickly too.

  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger honeybee33 said…

    Veronique -

    Thanks so much for posting your progress! I've got Shadow Dance in Andean Silk too sitting in my "to-start" pile - I'm going to use two greens. Yours got me motivated to cast on!

    ~ honeybee33 ~


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