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!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Backyard Leaves Question!/here and there question

Okay, I have my copies of Backyard Leaves for toting around instead of the book...fits much better in purse this way. Now then, I know I read the pattern r-l, l-r, etc. And I know that the first row is a ws row. Is all of this correct. I'd really like to know BEFORE I try to work on it and screw the proverbial pooch.

Okay, my other question relates to my here and there scarf. Seems to me that it's a little dense. I am using wool-ease and sz 7 needles. I think I have almost 36 inches of it finished, tho I haven't measured it except to hold it against my arm...maybe that was a bad So is it supposed to be dense, or will that work itself out when I block it later, or what? Help!


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  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger indigo warrior said…

    Here and there is really dense. I did mine in odysey (which I really need to snap and post a pic of) and it weighs a ton. I didn't bother blocking mine though.

  • At 11:36 PM, Blogger SaraV said…

    The odd-numbered lines (1,3, 5) are the right side of the work, and you read them across from right to left.

    THe even numbered rows are the wrong side, and you read them left to right.

    The chart is a picture of the front side of the work, so on the right side, a dot is a purl, while on the wrong side, a dot is a knit. It takes a bit of practice to remember you're "knitting in realspace" so to speak, but once you get going it comes pretty easily.

    One thing I've done (I'm on the 5th repeat of the 2nd half) is I made a photocopy of the pattern and I blew it up HUGE. The chart alone fills the page and I have a separate sheet with the codes. There's actually enough room that I could go through an annotate some of the wierder, less-often used- symbols.. I put a K3t for the knit three togethers, and a s3k for the slip-slip-slip knits... etc.

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Sue said…

    For Backyard Leaves: Be careful as what you call Row 1. The very first row you knit is called the Setup row and is a WS row. Row 1 from the chart is a RS row. If you photocopy your chart make sure you note where the red box is and where the green line (indicating placement of a marker) is.
    Use a solid yarn for this pattern to show off all your work.
    For most of the rows the marker is not placed at the 1/2 way point across the row - for good reason. Thus, if you are knitting along and the marker seems to be in the wrong place the first thing you should check is if you are following the chart in the wrong direction for the row you are doing (it's very easy to make this mistake).
    Also, make sure you read the text portion of the pattern. There is a place towards the later part of the chart where you attach a second yarn and knit from two balls of yarn to the end. Only in the text portion of the pattern is that explained.
    I've seen a lot of comments that this pattern results in a long scarf - so unless you like long scarves consider doing fewer repeats.
    Lastly, follow general lace- knitting techniques for avoiding/catching mistakes: religiously use a row counter, count your stitches after every row. Place lifelines every 5 or 10 or 15 rows - whatever your comfortable with, don't knit on the scarf when you are tired, when you are watching a movie with subtitles, etc. etc.
    That's about it. Good luck.

  • At 3:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Backyard Leaves Knitters: I just began this scarf last night. I wasn't aware of a Scarf Style Blog or Knit-along and it's a very welcome surprise. I've just read with much interest all the comments and only wonder about one issue and that is the setup row. When I started the pattern (am currently on row 20 of the first pattern repeat) I din't know whether to begin the setup row as a RS or WS so just plunged right in as a RS and then began Row 1 as a RS row also. The pattern is developing with no problems, but am wondering if there is any reason, other than cosmetic, that I should frog and begin again and knit the setup row as a RS row. Please let me know what you think and also if there are any photos posted anywhere that show the scarf displayed. The book photo is very bad. Anxious to hear how you're all doing with it. I love the pattern so far, but agree with Sue that you do not want to be watching TV, drinking wine or talking on the phone...

  • At 8:02 AM, Blogger Sue said…

    Dear Hope to Knit: You may want to consider posting your question about doing the setup row wrong as a post instead of a comment. I don't think many people have read your comment. I have not seen your question on this KAL before and it is an interesting one.
    I don't think I would rip out 20 rows of Backyard Leaves to redo a setup row but that's just me. If the scarf is for a non-knitting friend I doubt they would ever notice a problem. But if the scarf is for you then you have to ask yourself: will this mistake bother you every time you wear the scarf? If so maybe you should do it over. But it is a very inconspicuous place on the scarf: right in the middle.
    If you have two balls of yarn you could put your stitches on a holder (to free up the needles) and start the second half now with the second ball of yarn and knit an inch or so and then sew it to the CO edge of the first half and see how it looks.

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