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!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Twisty Turns

I just started Twisty Turns from Wrap Style. I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in navy. It's simple pattern and a fun knit.

WIP: Twisty Turns from Wrap Style In Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Navy

Unfortunately, the dye from this yarn comes off quite easily. I'm might be dragging my feet on completing this one. You can see the pictures of the dye effect on my blog.


Ene is finished and beautifully blocked!

I finished her on Sunday morning (not participating in the aforementioned Olympics but certainly trying to attain such greatness). I lightly blocked her on Sunday night (I didn't have enough room when I started) but wasn't able to fully block her until last night.

Check out my blog for pictures:

1 hank of Lorna's Laces in Helen's Lace, colorway Lakeview (I still have nearly 400 yds left). ~$42.00

1 pair of 32" Addit Turbos, size 6 ~$14.00

1 set of size 4 Bamboo dpns (they're what I had available) for the final three needle bindoff done very loosely. (can't remember the cost)

2 boxes of T-pins from Michael's or Joann (can't remember that cost either).

Time to complete: ~1 month of knitting but I only knit about 3 hours/day and not every day either.


Lady Eleanor in Paris!

I had intended to finish her for the Knitting Olympics but that didn't happen! I'm only two days short but stil... I finished Lady E last night while hanging out with my cat and my husband, we watched a terrible horror flick on the the TV which helped me to finish Lady E faster.

Here she is in all her glory:

FO: Lady Eleanor

The colors are not that bright, just happened to have a patch of sun light shining in the apt this morning, thankgoodness she's not a technicolor goddess, I probably would have gifted her otherwise. The last two pics are pretty true to her elegant self.

She even makes bedhead look good:

100% bed head!

The details:
Pattern: Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style
Yarn: 9 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in #217, one skein for tassels.
Needles: 5.5mm Clover circulars
Dimensions: (about) 18 inches by 70 inches
Cast on: Feb 12, 2006
Cast off: Feb 27, 2006


Sunday, February 26, 2006

Wooohoooo!!! Lady E is finished!

Hi Everyone,
Just got back from Knitting Camp. My Lady E is complete and I love her! I decided not to make it 70" long. It was knitted in Noro Silk Garden, using size 8 needles. I used 9+ balls.

The photo on the left is of me at Knitting Camp, tying the knots on the last three rows of the second short side. The other photo is me modeling Lady E when other campers asked to take photos.

What's next? Maybe I'll start Ene. I got some wonderful cashmere at a Knitting Festival on the way to camp! Or maybe I'll take a break and knit a sweater while I decide which scarf to do next. Or maybe I'll do a wrap! So many wonderful choices; so little time.


Midwest Moonlight- why can't I make a decision

So, I started Midwest Moonlight and stuck to the width of the pattern and thought "oh this is too wide..." I re-started with one less repeat and it seems to narrow-- or should I say luxurious.

What is Goldilocks to do? Really wide and need to fold in half or narrow?

Using Knit Picks Merino and it was to be a X-Mas gift to my SIL in Ireland... but in yet more evidence of my overall indeciveness, I couldnt decide between giving her that or Branching Out. I got her a book instead. I did make Branching Out (which went to someone else) and thought I would also do in Midwest Moonlight for X-Mas 2006... but then again, who knows what else I will jump out as a choice by then.


I finished my Lady E last night.

This was my Olympics project and I just about made it. I had issues with an awful mistake last weekend which I thought would put me in last place, I had to frog 5 tiers after knitting only a half tier and inadvertently turning the work in the wrong direction.

All is fixed and looks great. I will post pics soon.

Now I am planning to start Wispy Garden as soon as I pick out the yarn.


Friday, February 24, 2006

Not A Scarf, But...

Almost finished!
Originally uploaded by littlekidd.
Wow! Everbody's stuff is SO beautiful.

Here's a new take on Nicky Epstein's Nasty Dog Dragon! New colors, and a little fire for fun. This is the back of a vest for my 4yo son. Was my goal to complete the back of this vest for the Olympics and I made it! Horray! Details about my plans for the rest of the vest are on my blog . Will share another pic when the piece is complete!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Ene 2 is completed..

It is finished! Details on my blog.


You Knit What??: Stirring Shit UP!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Backyard Leaves progress; a Misty Garden snarl

Hi -- I'm new to this knitalong but figured I'd join now that I have Wrap Style too and the list of scarves/wraps I want to knit from these books grows... as well as the stash that I have earmarked for these projects...

It's taken me months, literally, to get in a groove with Backyard Leaves. The only lace knitting I'd done before was Branching Out from Knitty, a simple pattern. I've found that with Backyard Leaves, my most common mistake is to have the yarn on the wrong side when slipping stitches, but I seem to have gotten that under control.

I am using Karabella aurora 8 in color 716, and I love it! It is soft and gorgeous, and the yarn has very subtle streaks in the separate plies that are darker or lighter green. The yarn does look quite chlorophylly, and I think this is going to be my favorite scarf so far...

My problem child is Misty Garden, which I have frogged at least 6 times, not an easy task with mohair. I am using the Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Infusion Kid Mohair in color 618.

The problem I'm having is that one of the two lovely lines amid the lace holes keeps heading off in weird directions. Not sure how this has happened, but it seems to happen less frequently now that I'm using straight needles rather than circular -- I think it's just easier to look at your progress with the straight needles. Also, I bought some needles with somewhat sharper points, to facilitate the K2tog, which seem difficult with this yarn. Any suggestions?

More on my knitting adventures at my blog, Knitting in the Great Basin.


Lady Eleanor and Misty Garden

Here are my in-progress Lady Eleanor and Misty Garden. Misty Garden is actually done, I just need to weave in the ends and block it. I made it out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts' Kidmo in the "Marbles" colourway. Lady Eleanor is made from Berocco's Foliage in the 5939 colourway. What I've got so far is just one ball, and it's obviously narrower than the original pattern, I wanted more of a wide scarf than a wrap.

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My Lady Eleanor

I'm 5 skei in and am really starting to love the way the Silk Garden #217 is looking. I was on the fence about her in the beginning because the reds and yellows were a bit too bright for me but it gives Lady E some character, no?

what do you think?

Progress: Lady Eleanor

A detail of Lady E here.

The colors are a lot brighter in the photo than real life. Thank goodness otherwise I'd feel a bit clownish in her. It's still cold here so I am hoping to finish her in a weeks time so I can take her out and let her explore the streets of Paris.


Suggestions for FAQ

Hi, all!

Due to the volume of email I receive about the knit-along, I get a lot of the same questions. Some of these are:

- Is the knit along still open? (Yes.)
- Can you send me the pattern? (NO!)
- Do I need a blog to join? (No, but you can sign up for one when you do.)

I'd welcome any of your suggestions for questions to be answered, either about the books or the knit-along itself. You can email me directly (see link in sidebar) or post here.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Backyard Leaves Confusion..

Thanks for the comments to my previous question (I had read the archives but still wasn't sure about reading the set-up row L-R or R-L.) I am now really confused! I have ripped this out and started again three times, but keep having the same problem. By my count, at the end of row 16 I should have 38 stitches on the needles, and then on row 17 decrease to 31 stitches. But, every time I do this, the same thing happens. I start row 17 - deal with those 1st 5 stitches, do the slip 2, knit one, pass 2 over (which decreases 2, right?), do the slip 3- knit (decreases 2 agai?), and then I should have 5 knit stitches, one slip, and then 2 more knit stitches before the marker (in other words, when starting the row, I have 16 stitches on the right, marker, 22 stitches on the left). But I keep running out of stitches - I do the first five, the slip2-k1-psso-, the sssk, and now I have 7 stitches on the right needle, and only 5 stitches left before the marker, where I should have 8. Then, on the other side of the marker, I think I should have 22 (k5, ssk, k3, s1, k3,k3tog, and then the last 5) - which I do, so that seems to work. It's only on the right side that seems wrong. I'm totally confused. Every single time I do this, everything works for the first 16 rows and the stitch count seems to be right. But then I get to this row, and I'm suddenly missing a bunch of stitches. Can anyone please help? Perhaps I'm doing those first two (after the initial 5) wrong? I am so tired of frogging this and starting again!


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Ene#2 is growing raidly

Soon she'll be full sized! Woohoo!


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Ready for Backyard Leaves!

OK, I have the book, I have the needles, I have 5 balls of KP Andean Silk in Lettuce - I'm finally ready to try Backyard Leaves. BUT - this is my first time working a chart and I have a question. I understand that when reading a chart, you read it right to left for row 1 (RS), left to right for row 2 (WS), etc. But what about the set-up row on this pattern...?? I assume it's WS and I should work it left to right? purl, purl, knit, purl, purl, purl, purl, sl 1 etc.

Thanks for any advice!



I got this book a while ago and would love to make most of the patterns in it. So far I've made 2 projects. I made the Blizzard wrap for my boyfriend's mom for Christmas.

Here she is wearing it. I used Knitpicks Decadence. This was a fun project to work on and I might make one for myself one day.

And here I am in my turtleneck shrug.

Again I used Knitpicks, but this is Andean Silk. I used 12 in. circs, but never again...I have learned to knit on 2 circs to avoid such short needles. Struggling with those needles was all worth it though. I love how it turned out.


I've shrugged myself!


I was hesitant to join a knit-a-long because knowing me it would jinx me but au contraire I've found it very motivating and very helpful! I've recently finished the Turtleneck Shrug from Scarf Style. I absolutely love it! It's very fun to wear and such a unique design. Living in France, very much a scarf culture, I dare to wear this scarf/shrug out as much as I can.

Et voila! My turtleneck shrug:

Still being goofy in my Turtleneck Shrug FO: Turtleneck Shrug from Scarf Style

It's weird having my back exposed but once you're used to it, well you're used to it!


I knit this with Rowan Kid Classic in color 825 with Clover 40cm circulars.


Hello! Misty Garden Here

My husband bought me "Scarf Style" for the holidays and I am so excited to be working on my first project from it.

I'm using Jo Sharp's Misty Garden pattern but with a mix of the Manos del Uruguay wool in the 114 colorway and two balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in the Meadow and Heavenly colors.

This yarn was from my first knitting class that I took in November. We were supposed to make a scarf, but I never finished it because it was coming out too thin and I was twisting all my stitches.

I ended up making four other scarves for my family for Christmas, and I'm just now coming back to this yarn. I frogged the original scarf and started this one. I am really enjoying the pattern, which moves really quickly. It's about 10 inches wide, so it's going to be more of a shoulder wrap for the woman I am giving it to.

I hope to find a pretty scarf clip to hold it all together.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Lady Eleanor in progress

I chose the Lady Eleanor for my Knitting Olympics project. What was I thinking!!!! Here we are on day 5 and I am only on tier 12. I am hoping to get to 15 tonight. After practicing with the Danica scarf to learn Entrelac, the challenge will be to complete the stole before the ending ceremony on the 26th.

I chose to use Noro Kureyon #74 on size 9 needles for this. The yarn has a lot of purples, pinks, a bit of green and blue in it. I have noticed some comments about knots with this yarn, but have not found any so far in the skeins I have used. When I went to the LYS to buy my yarn, I found they could not seem to keep it in stock. This is possibly because several people had discovered Scarf Style by this time. Luckily, I found a wonderful person on eBay who had a good selection available and was able to get it right away.

I am finding Entrelac to be much easier than it looks and plan to make a second Lady E sometime later. I also plan to make Backyard Leaves and a couple of other patterns too. Every time I open the book, I decide to add another pattern to my wish list.


Monday, February 13, 2006

Ene, The Snow Queen

Ene didn't really appreciate being woken up this morning to be thrown in a snowbank, but I wanted to get a good shot of her:
Don't worry, I put her back to bed as soon as the shoot was over!

Hope everyone dug their way out of the snow! Ene turned out to be 19" unblocked from the center point to the top, so I blocked it to the unblocked pattern measuremnets - 32" - so she's a bit smaller than I thought she'd be. Has anyone used Blackberry Ridge Yarn? Is it really a laceweight, or is it more of a sportweight? I'm thinking of making Ene a sister, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, I hope all of you Eastcoasters dug your way out of the snow! Why did it have to be a Saturday - this was a snow day for sure on a Monday!


Ene2 update report

Just wanted to share a picture and an update for my second Ene. I used 3 stitch markers and I think that is sufficient. I am finding this easier the second time around.

I cast on about a week ago using Knit Picks Shadow in the Oregon Coast colourway.


Ripping Spiral Lace Capelet

This was a trying weekend. Just as I finished up my Spiral Lace Capelet that I've been proudly slaving over for the past coupla months, I try it on and BANG, it's too BIG. Enormous!! ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGG. It's too big to fix, since it's knit in a tube and if I were to correct it and make it smaller, I'd have to start from the beginning and cast on far fewer stiches. Phooey. I am going to rip this one and use the yarn for something else! A different pattern from the Interweave Press SCARF STYLE book. Another knitter made one in pink, a Turtleneck Shrug by Teva Durham. This woman did a terrific job of inspiring me. Wish me luck!


Sunday, February 12, 2006

May I Have the Honor of Introducing Lady Eleanor of Entrelac

Lady Eleanor Alone

Presenting... Lady Eleanor! I'm thrilled with the simple brillance of this pattern, and with the result. The most satisfying knit I've undertaken in ages. For more photos, pattern notes, and other blathering, cliquez ici.


Friday, February 10, 2006

here and there cables

Hi all,

here is my last scarf knitted from the beloved ScarfStyle book: The here and there cables. I knitted a pure wool yarn from Villa called Artyarn. It is from Estland and just made by using ecological harmless additives like soap, water and pigment.It´s a bit scratchy but the wonderful color gradient compensates this.

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My first FO

Hi everyone! I have finally finished my first item from Scarf Style. I cast on for ruffles last fall, but didn't like my yarn choice (it seemed too stiff), so I ripped it. But I've done miles of endless ribbing, and I have a FO! My first FO that I get to keep this year! And I love it!!!!

(Sorry for the crappy bathroom-mirror shot - The Husband is at work).


Pattern: Turtleneck Shrug by Teva Durham from Scarf Style
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in Petal - 6 skeins
Needles: Clover Bamboo DPN US 7
Dates: Started early Jan, finished Saturday February 4.
Mods: I used a DK weight yarn, pattern called for worsted. I really wanted to use this yarn though, as it is so freaking soft.
Thoughts: I think it turned out really well. I didn't feel the need to add stitches, as it is ribbed and would stretch. And I really like the way it fits - not baggy, but not tight either. I put it on for this picture about three hours ago and have yet to take it off. Did I mention that it is so freaking soft? I cannot wait to wear this all the time. So worth the hours of endless ribbing for the final product. Go make yourself one now!

I have planned many more projects from the book, but not any in the immediate future. But I'll be back!


Wednesday, February 08, 2006


I've been lurking and oggling all the beautiful projects for a few days now, so I thought I'd join. :)

I'm currently about 75% through my Turtleneck Shrug. I've made it out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran yarn (off white color) rather than the Kid Classic. I've chosen the Misty Garden scarf as my Olympic challenge. I'm making it longer than the pattern ntructs though. Just got the yarn for it today. :)

I'll post pictures as soon as either is finished!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


I started my second Ene shawl. I am hoping to enter it at a local show in a couple of months. I have given myself 6 weeks to complete it. After all the first one took six weeks and the second time should be easier, right?

I am knitting it in KnitPicks Shadow yarn in the Oregon Coast colourway, as seen here. I will post pictures when there is more to look at. right now it just looks like a long curly worm on my circular needles.


Monday, February 06, 2006

Lady Eleanor

Hello! This is my first post, other than a few comments on other posts. I finished my Lady Eleanor before Thanksgiving, then had to figure out how (or if) I wanted to do the fringe. I did do the row of single crochet along the ends, with a large (K?) crochet hook.

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden #211, 11 skeins (10 for knitting, most of another for fringe)

Needles: US 8

I thought I was going to have to cast on more stitches than in the pattern, since I was using smaller yarn & needles, but it seemed too wide, so I started again with the same number of stitches as the pattern indicates. I did 47 rows of diamonds, and this thing is very long! I was able to block it to the width specified in the pattern (23") and it is 82" long (not counting the fringe). Looks like 39 rows of diamonds would have gotten me close to the 70" length of the one in the pattern, and would have used less yarn -- maybe 8 plus some of a 9th one for knitting, with enough left of that 9th one for fringe. I didn't care for the fringe as shown in the book, so I modified it -- I cut my yarn in 30" lengths (I think... I've slept a few times since then) and put one piece of fringe in each single crochet, then gathered them in groups of 8 (4 doubled strands) and knotted them, then did a second row of knots using 4 strands from one knot and 4 from the knot next to it, all the way across.

Anyhow, this was my first entrelac, and very entertaining!



Ene's Shawl progress!

Sorry for the fuzzy picture....

I'm working on Ene's Shawl, which I love and I'm actually futher along than this pic would indicate. You see I had several hours of Superbowl knitting time available to me after I took this pic. I'm now 2/3rd of the way through Chart 3 for the first time. I'm loving this colorway and Ene has made me fall in love with lace knitting. Now, I'm not really a shawl wearer, but then someone very wise (whose name I cannot remember) said "That's because you haven't met the right shawl yet". See, I'm really clumsy when it comes to my clothes. So, I'm going to try very hard not to snag it, pull it, or catch it on velcro or anyother such damaging event once this is finished. Oh yeah, and I won't leave it out for the kitties to eat either (they love wool).

Here's a less fuzzy pic:


Sunday, February 05, 2006

First Post - Lady Eleanor

I just finished Lady Eleanor and I love it. I used almost 10 skeins of Karoke (50% wool, 50% soy silk) on 10.5 needles.


Never Say Never

Hi Everyone,
Finally I can come out of the shadows. I check this site every day to see what everyone is doing. So, I finally decided to join the fun. You'll have to hang in there with me; blogging is new and I'm learning how this all works.

I chose Lady Eleanor after seeing so many beautiful ones posted. This is a real big leap for me, because I used to hate Entrelac and wore I would never to anything using that technique. Well, never say never.

I took a class in Entrelac on Jan 7th, and started my Lady Eleanor on January 14th! It has been a lot of fun working on this project. I noticed a lot of you are using Kureyon. While I love the intensity of color in Kureyon, I prefer the softer feel of Silk Garden. I'm using Silk Garden color #232 on size 8 needles. Originally I started using a 101/2 needle, but Craftaholic reminded me that after blocking, the project might be a bit larger than what my swatch was, and that it would probably thin out. So, I decided to rip out and start over with the size 8 needles. I like the look and feel much better.



Nasty Dog Dragon

Hello! Has anyone made this scarf? I was at a dinner last night for Chinese New Year and found out that my year is the Dragon. So since this is the year of the Dog I thought I might try this scarf. Of course after pricing the yarn suggested and seeing it's over $100 I think it's time for a substitution! I'm looking at Knit Picks but for anyone who has done this, what yarn did you use? Were you pleased with the results? Any problems? Does the size work for you? Eleven inches seems quite wide.


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Finished Object & Continued Progress

I finally finished my Nordic Lights capelet. Although I have to say, it's not a capelet. It's a short poncho. Maybe a poncholet? The photo is rather blurry but it's the best I could get. It may be time for a new digital camera.

I've also been making steady progress on Lady Eleanor. I'm about to start the third ball of yarn. As beautiful as Silk Garden (#205) is, it so frustrating. It gets so thin and then so thick. It worries me sometimes. I'm afraid the thin is going to snap. I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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Spiral Lace Capelet Progress

Hello everyone. Making progress here with the Spiral Lace Capelet. When I first posted my beginning adventure with this pattern, I was not quite convinced I'd be able to complete the project. I prefer working on little projects because they are kinder to my hands and the gratification is faster. This time I tried working on a couple of projects simultaneously, so my interest never wanes and my hands get to hold a variety of needles. I am doing fine!

Knitting with Andean Silk from has been a real pleasure - it's hefty yet glides through my fingers. The pattern is quite easy - looks like a cable, but is actually a series of yarn-overs and decreases. So it puckers and ripples in all the right places. I have knit up about 8.5 inches. At 11, I'll begin decreases for a couple of inches around the shoulders.

I am a person who is forever cold, so I'm really excited about wearing this wrap. It looks like it'll feel like giant hug. When I am finished, I'll post the final. This site is great, by the way. I love reading about all your busy hands and beautiful projects. What a wonderful way to express yourself.


Friday, February 03, 2006


My aunt loves the Tzarina cape. She prefers it like this, rather than buttoned. Working with that malabrigo yarn has spoiled me for other is so soft!