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, July 31, 2006

Finished Turtleneck Shrug

It's finished fits! I made this with the recommended yarn (Rowan Kid Classic: Color 831 - Charcoal grey with a twist of black). This project definitely takes longer than you might think! But, it is super warm and will come in handy in the Fall/Winter.


Midwest Moonlight

Finished! I picked up my last skein of Blue Sky Alpacas alpaca and silk, (in Amethyst), about three weeks ago at Wildfiber and finished up my Midwest Moonlight, by Ivy Bigelow in Scarf Style.


Yarny goodness and a Turtleneck Shrug progress report

I got the yarn in for my Lady Eleanor and Vintage Velvet scarves (which I'll be working on once I finish my Turtleneck Shrug)! I'm happier with this shade of yarn for my Eleanor than the one I had originally, but I'm still not thrilled with the color balance of a few of the skeins (very little light light lilac and more brown and mauve), but it'll do. I can always make another one with yarn that I personally pick out at my LYS (they didn't have any of the shades I was interested in for this one, hence buying it online and getting the luck of the draw).

As for my Turtleneck Shrug, I'll be done with the second sleeve within the hour and then I'm going to rip the other sleeve back a bit and redo the top (not happy with the color balance in the second skein I used originally, so I'll be using the same skein as I did for this sleeve) and I should be done within a week or so at the latest. :)

It's turning out beautifully and I have to say it's one of the easiest projects I've ever done but at the same time very gratifying in terms of the look of the final product.


Here and There braid question

Dear all,

Thanks for a wonderful blog. I received the book as a gift at Christmas and have had great fun with it. I've enjoyed reading all the comments and seeing everyone's work here, too.

Here's my question: I plan on making the here and there braid scarf with some hand-dyed alpaca. It is a multicolored yarn. The yarn instructions suggest to alternate skeins every 2 to 4 rows to prevent color pooling (did I use that term correctly?).

I really don't want to do that because then I would be faced with all those loose ends but wonder how it will turn out. Any thoughts? suggestions? experiences?

Thanks much!

Susan H.


Friday, July 28, 2006

Yarn Question for the Ene Shawl

I know, boring entry with no pictures, but I'm having problems picking a yarn for the Ene shawl. I have some of Knitpicks shimmer, and I also have enough Misti Alpaca Lace weight to make it. I am a pretty loose knitter, so I always have to go down one size or two.Started the swatch in sz4 needles with the Misti Alpaca, but I'm not liking how "loopy" it is (yeah, I know it's lace, but stockinette should still be pretty tight to me:)) Does anybody have any suggestions, or experience in knitting this with either one of those yarns? Should I just double strand it and use sz 6 needles or..? Any help and or suggestions would be appriciated..

All the projects I've seen so far are LOVELY! The ENE shawl is so daunting, but so many of you have made it, so it must be doable!!



Thursday, July 27, 2006

Greetings - Backyard Leaves and More!

Hello! I'm a new member of this knitalong, although I've had the book Scarf Style for a while and have knit one scarf already. I made the Backyard Leaves Scarf at the beginning of the year, but have yet to block it (I live in Texas, so I don't really urgently need a wool scarf to wear). I did it in Karabella Aurora 8 but used a darker green. Here is how it looks now:

I really like it, but I found like many others did that it needs to be blocked to flatten it a bit and show the pattern. I've been lazy about getting it done, but plan to try and steam block it in the near future.

The next project I'm going to do is Midwest Moonlight, in Debbie Bliss Cathay - I really like the blend of cotton and silk. It has a nice sheen, and I think it would make a nice, cool scarf to wear in Texas. It is going to be a X-mas gift for my (future) Sis-in-law. I can't wait to start!


Turtleneck Shrug questions

I've got a couple of questions for those who have made the Turtleneck Shrug from Scarf Style. Everything is going perfectly and it looks beautiful so far (done with sleeve 1 and about 5" into the second), but there're a couple of things I'm wondering about:

1) Am I the only one who ignored the decrease directions for the top of the sleeves? I didn't like the way it looked and I have a feeling it'll fit my shoulders better this way. I know I'll have to decrease by three stitches when I start the neck to keep the ribbing pattern right (I'm making the neck wider just because it's easier and because it'll mean it won't rub on my neck so much) - no worries there - so I'm not concerned about that, I'm just curious.

2) When it comes time to start the neck, am I going to need a longer circular needle? I'm sure I could fit the stitches onto my current 11" circular, but I'm not sure if I'd be better off using another, longer one (I have a 17" bamboo circular in the right size that I could use if need be) to keep the stitches from being so cramped. If I should, any suggestions for how long of one I should be getting?


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Shetland Triangle. Finished!

This was my first attempt at knitting a lace shawl, and I am more than pleased with the results! I really love this pattern.

Here it is blocking. [Glasses included for scale.]

More details on my blog.


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Turtleneck Shrug progress pictures!

3 inches in - Day 1

20 inches in - day 5

Closeup of the purty yarn all knit up

I'm expecting to finish the first sleeve tonight.  Almost done with my first skein of yarn and trying to decide how to split up the other 2 since it'll take slightly over one skein per sleeve...I'm thinking I'll use one skein for the remainder of this sleeve, the neck and the last bits of the second sleeve and another full skein for the majority of the other sleeve, that way the tops of both sleeves and the neck are sure to match perfectly (since they'd be from the same skein). 

Oh, and yes, it is upside down on my arm in that last picture because I didn't want to risk pulling the stitches off the needle by putting it on the right way around with the needles at the top, around my upper arm.


New KAL member!

 Hi everyone, I just joined the KAL! :)

I'm currently working on the Turtleneck Shrug and I'm almost finished with the first sleeve.   I'm using Malabrigo worsted merino in Vaa (gorgeous dark green with shades of teal and blue).  

I'm also planning on making Lady Eleanor in the very near future. :)

Pictures of the Shrug soon!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Backyard Leaves

Yarn: Aurora 8 by Karabella Col:276 - a muted light green.

I loved knitting this scarf so much the first time around, that I just had to do it again.

This time I opted for a shorter scarf using only 2 balls of Aurora 8 (14 pattern repeats and 41" in length) - perfect for winter in Sydney!

More pics here


Thursday, July 13, 2006

My first Braided Mischief

This braided mischief is special because I just learned how to cable-knit. I wanted to work on the reversable cable scarf, but it never turned out. Instead I decided to try this, which was much easier to follow. It almost knits itself. I am using size 10 needles and Wool of the Andes by KnitPicks. . I will post again when it's all done. I am not crazy about the color, so I may need to start a new one. :)


Monday, July 10, 2006

Chevron Scarf Problem !!!

I made two of these scarves last winter ... But now a knitting friend has emailed me about a problem she is having.. I remember having the same problem when I was doing it.. But I forget How it was solved..
here we go again!!!
If you cast on 39 stitches..
Knit 1 Row...
ROW 1- knit1,slip,slip,knit*knit 9, slip 2 sts individually purlwise, knit1, purl 2 sts and pass slipped st over; repeat from * to last 12 sts, knit 9, knit2 together, knit 1

Problem begins... That already has more than 39 stitches in the directions.... ( count them )...... AND.. where it tells you to "pass slipped" stitch over ???
( Pass WHAT stitch over????)
Whats wrong here????? Help....

Sunday, July 09, 2006

My finished Ene

Well it only took me five months, but here it is. I used Blackberry Ridge 100% wool in a lovely denim color. It measures out to the same size as in the book. I wish it was a little bigger but I'm happy with her. I have more pictures and a funny little story over on my blog if you care to check it out, Knithole.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

my shetland triangle

Here's my shetland triangle-- in Elann's Baby Silk in Parchment. I enjoyed knitting this tremendously. And I even did some of it while in the hospital in early labor!



The Petals Collection Knitalong

The Petals Collection Knitalong
I, too, looked for a KAL as soon as I got my yarn last week. I'm so glad one was established.
As I was winding this yarn I was thinking how much the colors reminded me of my 14-year old daughter - so it was decided she will be the receipent of the Calla Lily socks. Unfortunately she dislikes grafted toes so I will be making toe-up ankle socks for her with this yarn. I would like to try Sundara's pattern but I want to make socks my daughter will actually wear (14-year olds are picky) so plain ankle socls it will be.
I'll be using Wendy's toe-upsock pattern but a few rounds after the heel is turned I'll do about an inch of ribbing and then bind-off. Maybe I'll have enough yarn left over for some small baby booties.
On a different subject: could someone e-mail me how to post a photo to this KAL with Blogger? I don't see any instructions on how to do that.
Thanks, Sue

Shetland Triangle

Not being a poncho/ cape kind of girl, I had no intention of buying Wrap Style.
That was until I saw this Shetland Triangle shawl on this knitalong!

So, here's my finished version in three balls of Lang Yarns Venezia bought while on holiday. Although I've done it to the size in the diagram in the book, I would like it a bit bigger, but yarn constraints dictated the finished dimensions.

It wasn't at all difficult.
If you want to see the full story, it's over on my blog .

Thanks for inspiring me to do this one!


Saturday, July 01, 2006

Here and There Cables-Warm

Yes, warm in color AND warm in weight! I have finished this, but this is the best picture I have of it in detail. Only having to pay attention to every 7th row was a big plus and it shocked me with it's complexity of appearance. Hand dyed alpaca from Blue Moon. Posted by Picasa


Interlocking Balloons in Pink

I just joined this blog, so I'm uploading everything I've done from these two books so far. This particular scarf was knit from a really expensive alpaca that was a bit of a "accident" purchase. I wasn't aware of the skein price until it was too late to un-love it.
Haven't worn it yet because of the weather, but looking forward to it's increadible softness. Posted by Picasa


Wandering Aran Fields in Teal

I knit this out of Cascade Lana D'oro, not realizing it was discountinued. Of course I was short on yarn, but as the capelet neared completion, I scored a couple of skeins on Ebay in just the right colorway. I loved working on this and know I'll be wearing it for years to come. Posted by Picasa