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!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Vintage Velvet Length Question

Happy New Year!
I have just tonight bound off Vintage Velvet. I used the recommended 5 skeins of Touch Me, in #3618. And used size 8 needles. The book says the scarf will "wrap twice around the neck with ends to spare" I haven't felted yet, but even before felting I just don't feel like it's going to be long enough and am considering buying one more skein. If I try to do wear it with a "Hacking Knot" it just feels too small. Anyone else run into this?

Suzanna

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  • At 12:35 AM, Blogger tweezer said…

    i used 5 skeins too and it definitely was short but my color was discontued so i couldn't buy more. but you can stretch it out while it is wet and then throw it in the dryer once it is almost dry. but it's sort of a pain and i would personally just get more yarn. good luck!

     
  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger Chicago Jen said…

    For me it seemed short before I felted it but once it had gone through the waah and the dryer, it was narrower and longer.

     
  • At 12:00 PM, Blogger Michelle said…

    Mine did the same thing Chicago Jen mentions. I didn't pin it out to block it, just hung in on our drying rack. I think it's also lengthened as I've worn it.

     
  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    Thank you all for your comments. I felt so disappointed at first, but now I think maybe I'll just go for it and felt it. I'm going to visit my parents in Portland, OR next week and it is so cold there this time of year (for a Northern Californian, anyway) and I really wanted to have that cozy scarf. I was going to order one more skein, but the place I ordered it online from a couple of weeks ago is now on backorder. My guess is lots of folks knitting that gorgeous scarf. I'll let you all know how the felting process works and whether it changes the final length. My worry was that the notes in the book also say that the project will lose 10% of its size during felting. I also noticed that somewhere about halfway through I dropped a stitch and it laddered a little bit, but the yarn is so chunky I might be able to doctor it a bit without anyone noticing. :)

     
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Toby said…

    Thanks for posing this question Suzanna. I have just started the second skein of my Vintage Velvet and I was wondering the same thing. I'll have to measure to be sure, but my first skein went about 12 inches. I do know I was 3 rows short of 3 pattern repeats.

     
  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger Hillary said…

    Mine is going to be shorter too, but frankly I am getting tired of working on it!!!

     
  • At 9:32 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    Well here is an update on the vintage velvet length issue. After felting and finishing, I have to say I am very happy with the length. After its run through the wash, I put it in the dryer on low for 20 minutes. Then I took it out and very gently stretched it out. Then back in the dryer for a while longer. Then laid it out flat for a day or so. Today it was still a tiny bit damp but dry enough to wear. After wearing it all day, it's completely dry and seems to have stretched just enough to be a nice length. I would say 6 skeins would have been perfect but 5 is pretty darned close. I will post a picture soon.
    -Suzanna

     
  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Jocelyn said…

    I'm new to this blog, so thanks for letting me participate. I made this scarf in Touch Me about 6 weeks ago. I used 6 skeins. I was nervous about felting without a pillowcase, so I put it in a pillowcase for wash and dry. When I took it out, a number off stitches had unravelled and were live. I ended up returning the scarf to my LYS, who graciously offered me a credit. The problem seemed to be where I had joined an ending and starting ball. Should I decide to make this again, does anyone have any tips on how to avoid this? Thanks.

     
  • At 12:40 PM, Blogger Suzanna said…

    Hi Jocelyn. I am so sorry to hear about that. What a disappointment! The only recommendation I have, and maybe you did this anyway, was that I weaved in all my loose ends but didn't cut them, then felted and dryed, and when the scarf was really done, then I cut the ends.

     

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