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, April 11, 2006

Ene: 1, Me: 0

Hi there! I feel kind of silly having my first post be a cry for help, but I'm frustrated... I'm usually good about following patterns but Ene is giving me a run for my money. I worked the first thirteen rows without a single right side row having the correct amount of stitches. It looked awful, so I took it apart. Those of you who have knit Ene, do you have any tips on how to keep track of the pattern? Anyone else have the same problems I did? What went wrong? I know I'm doing the various stitches correctly. Help me so I don't have to give up on such a beautiful scarf!

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  • At 3:01 PM, Blogger Chicago Jen said…

    Okay, this is kind of tedious, but I put stitch markers at EVERY pattern repeat and then another pin into the middle stitch. That way I could read my knitting and figure out which 10 st repeat was missing a yarnover. If you haven't already, make a big photocopy of the charts so you don't go blind and then use post-it notes to mark which row you're on. Good luck, you'll get the hang of it!

     
  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    I cast on three times for Ene before I finally got it right. I too used stitch markers at every repeat. Sometimes you have to move the marker a stitch but it was worth it. Once I got through the first section, the rest of it was a breeze

     
  • At 7:44 PM, Blogger SaraV said…

    Stitch markers galore was my main tactic.

    I know many folks are fond of sparkly, dangly, pretty stitch markers. But plain red rubber ones have an advantage, which is that you can pull them through the stitches when they're in the middle of a k2spsso.

    In the body of the pattern, there are places where you do have to pull the stitch marker, knit a stitch, and put hte marker back on to move it over one spot. But in the border, IIRC I could just pull each flexible marker through the stitch and have it end up in the right place.

    Take the time to count the number of stitches between repeats several times in the course of a row. Time consuming, but until you get the rhythm of hte pattern, it's less time consuming than frogging or tinking back.

    On the purl-back rows, be repeating the pattern from the row before back to yourself mentally, too (backwards, obviously). Don't treat purling back as a vacation from stitch counting, since it's much easier to create a missing YO at that point than it is to try to fix a problem on the next knit row up (or more!)

    At the start of each row, I wrote the basic repeat for that row in big letters with a marker on a sheet of notebook paper, to be able to glance at it and know what was going on. That also helped me keep track of the pattern while I purled back over it in the other direction - just read the line of K's and YOs backwards.

    I second the "make a BIG photocopy" suggestion, too.

     
  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger Knitty Kitty said…

    I'm just starting Ene's scarf too, still casting on. The advice is very helpful to me.

    Thanks for posting.

     
  • At 9:29 PM, Blogger Jenny K said…

    Thank you for your advice... I re-cast on and have successfully knit the first two rows. The multitude of stitch markers and the careful stitch counting has so far been well worth it!

    "Knitty Kitty" - what yarn are you using? I'm using lilac Misti Alpaca lace weight... love it!

     
  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Knitty Kitty said…

    I'm using Jaeger Trinity (silk, cotton, polyamide), it's light pink and very summery. It's not very stretchy, and the casting on was no fun. So far, I've only done the first row. Had to stop to finish a sweater that I'm doing in a class, but I will have that completed this weekend.

    Plan to resume Ene on Monday. Keep me posted with your progress.

     

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