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, January 30, 2007

I just completed Lady E!

I just completed Lady E! You can see more details below and on my blog.

Pattern: Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style, by Pam Allen
Yarn: Patons SWS - Earth, 10.5 balls and Berroco Suede - 3715 Tonto 1 ball
Needles: US 8 Knit Picks Options, 32"
Started: Dec. 18, 2006
Completed: Jan. 18, 2007
Modifications: Doubled the suede with the SWS for the border and fringe. Blocked with a damp towel and steam ironed the top with a pillow case.
Notes: I'm wearing it today. I've got two work functions to go to tonight and I've already received tons of compliments!


Lady E is finished

I just wanted to post and let you know that my Lady E is now finally done.
You can view it at my blog. Details are below:
Pattern: Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style, by Pam Allen
Yarn: Patons SWS - Earth, 10.5 balls and Berroco Suede - 3715 Tonto 1 ball
Needles: US 8 Knit Picks Options, 32"
Started: Dec. 18, 2006
Completed: Jan. 18, 2007
Modifications: Doubled the suede with the SWS for the border and fringe. Blocked with a damp towel and steam ironed the top with a pillow case.
Notes: I'm wearing it today. I've got two work functions to go to tonight and I've already received tons of compliments!


Monday, January 29, 2007

Now on the new Blogger!

I was finally able to switch this blog to the new Blogger. I thought I'd have more time to think about it, but the message I got about only being able to log back in the old version once was very ominous and I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I will try to work out a method for labeling posts in the near future; soon we'll be able to see every Lady Eleanor and Backyard Leaves and Vintage Velvet in one shot!

If anyone has any problems/questions, or if you need a new invite, please email me.

Remember: You'll need to convert to the new Blogger to post entries here, but not comments.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Campus Scarf Simplified

After trying several patterns, I finally settled on the Campus Scarf by Fiona Ellis as my choice for the Red Scarf Project. With such a fitting name, I should have gone for it immediately.

Let me say now, I love this pattern. Once you have the first pattern row set up and know from the first pattern repeat how many rows to knit before switching colours or reversing the knit/purl stitches, you never have to look at the pattern again. Seriously. I wanted to use just two colours, instead of the six the pattern calls for. I carried the contrast yarn up the back edge of the scarf and had no extra ends to darn in. I think the texture is interesting enough to make the simplified scarf equally beautiful. It turns out to be a cross between ribbing and basketweave, and hangs beautifully. I will definitely knit this pattern again, maybe changing up the colours a bit more next time.

This is my second completed scarf from the book. I made Ene in a camel coloured alpaca as my first choice. I am currently two-thirds done my third scarf: a Misty Garden, using Noro Silk Garden. I'm sure that won't be the last. Like so many of you, I love almost every pattern in the book. Drop by my blog if you want to see some of my other projects.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Vintage Velvet

I paid attention this time, didn't walk away from the washer, and 10 minutes seemed to be the charm (might even go for 8 next time around). The terracotta color looked even more beautiful (less orangey) felted and my sister seemed to love it. Here she is, modelling and holding up her Lorna's Laces socks.


Finished Wandering Aran Fields

Hi, I finished up my Wandering Aran Fields capelet this past week.
I used about 3 1/2 skeins of Cascade 220 in color #2401 burgandy. The cables show up pretty well with this yarn. This was my first time using Cascade 220. I enjoyed working the cable section. The 9 inches of ribbing for the collar is a lot of ribbing to knit if you know what I mean but it looks nice now that it's done. I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Forbes Forest Scarf
Classic Elite Inca Alpaca
Color 1155
Size 4 Clover Needles
Knit on and off over 5 month period in 2005
Once I "got" the stitch pattern it was fun. Alpaca was very soft to knit with. I was a bit concerned it might be scratchy, but after soaking in warm water and drying, it became even softer. Recipient reports it is comfortable.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Another Ene Off The Needles

I fell in love with Ene last year when I attempted it for the Knitting Olympics but failed miserably. One year later I was able to finish in only 14 days (must have been all that training). I used Blackberry Ridge silk blend laceweight in the dark chicory colorway.

This is the third scarf I've knit from ScarfStyle and I'm not done yet! Next up I'm considering Forbes Forest or perhaps the Not-So-Plain Geometric Scarf (which looks like an Olympic feat...has anyone made this one? and if so what did you think?)


Off Center Argyle Finished

I finished my Off-Center Argyle Sunday night! It took me about two weeks, (while working on a couple of other projects) which is pretty fast for me. I love the colors and fit :) The only modification I made was to the collar and it was for gauge issues with the brown yarn. More details on my blog.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Ene is finally finished...

I have been admiring this shawl for such a long time. I finally decided to make one myself. It was presented to my Mom who loves everything that her daughter crafts.
I used Henry's Attic Kona Superwash, wtmytc (way too many yards to count), and size 8 Addis. It came out very big; that's an oversized chair that it draped on. Kindly excuse the mess. The picture was taken at Christmas, in my home with 20 houseguests!


Sunday, January 14, 2007

Midwest Moonlight finished

a few days ago I finishes my Midwest Moonlight. I used handpainted yarn from Estonia. You´ll find more infos here
Happy knitting


Snuggly Ruffles

Hi, Here is the famous Ruffles scarf done in Louisa Harding Kimono Angora shade # 02. It is so soft and snuggerific in this yarn.

I knitted this for an exchange buddie for Christmas, and I'm glad to say she approves.

Like with most projects I reached a point where I was wishing it was all over, but up to that point I enjoyed making it and loved the way these amazing corkscrews were unfolding under my hands.

I wasn't quite gripped by this one when I saw it in the book originally, but all your lovely versions prompted me to take the plunge and I'm glad I did.
Now, what next?

Happy Knitting, Kathleen x


Friday, January 12, 2007

Lace from the Sea

The Shetland Triangle shawl is great for conference-knitting when you can't spend every moment looking at your knitting or a pattern.

I knit it from luxurious Handmaiden Sea Silk, easy to knit with and luscious to touch. The yarn is a bit slippery so I recommend using a bamboo needle.

Using 11 pattern repeats to give a 6 ft. width to the shawl, I used all of one ball plus just enough extra to bind off the final row. (I think my husband may knit this same shawl with the second ball and knit only 10 repeats.)

--Hannah at The Purloined Letter


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Converting, etc.

If you want to be removed so that you can convert to the new Blogger, please e-mail me with "Remove from Scarf Style Knit-Along" in the subject line. I need to have the email address you signed up with in order to process your request. I don't read every comment in the blog, and cannot easily see your email address if you leave a comment, so all requests need to be made via e-mail.

I strongly encourage people to not ask to be removed, as you won't be able to participate in the blog until it is converted. Since Blogger isn't offering the new Blogger to team blogs for the near future, that could be quite some time from now.

I'm unsure as to why people cannot convert while a member of this blog, since Blogger says it shouldn't be a problem; I suspect it's an unaticipated glitch that hasn't been corrected yet. The support desk is backlogged due to problems associated with the new format, so I don't expect to hear from them anytime soon.

EDIT: If you would like to rejoin the knit-along after you convert, please send another invitation request after you've completed the switch.

The new Blogger

The new Blogger is now out of beta, meaning that accounts will be switched as support for them is available; those of you with larger blogs with a lot of comments will not be able to switch to the new version yet.

At this time, since this is such a large blog, this knit-along can't be converted. According to Blogger, if you switch to the new version, you will still be able to access this group, but it will still be in the old format. You will not be able to use the features of the new Blogger with this particular blog.

When this blog does switch to the new version, you will NOT be able to access it unless your account is also converted, unless you ask for an invitation and another is sent out. For the obvious reasons, I'd like to avoid doing this, so I hope that once I'm able to switch to the new version of Blogger, the rest of you do so as well.

The new version addresses one of the biggest things lacking with Blogger vs. other blogging software, and that is labels or tags. After the switch, it'll be easy to categorize old and new posts alike to make searching for information and seeing each other's progress even easier.

For more information on what happens with group blogs and the new Blogger, please visit this help topic.

Progress on Vintage Velvet

Here it is so far- what can I say about my love for Touch Me?? I've got a ways to go but I'm enjoying every minute.
Come visit me! Posted by Picasa


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Lady E again!

Here's some WIP pictures of my Lady E . I was halfway through in 10 days and I was really sure I was going to finish in time to wear it for New Year's day but then excruciating and nagging wrist and shoulder pain hit me, so I've had to put the E down for now as it feels quite heavy on my sensitive hands :(
I am knitting my Lady E in Patons SWS yarn in Natural Plum. I just love the beeeautiful shades of purple and fuchsia in this yarn. Hope to finish it soon. Doesn't my little bear look nice and snug in it?


A Lovely Compliment

Here are pictures of Forbes Forest in Knitpicks Merino Style (color: moss) and Misty Garden in Jo Sharp Mohair (color: rosehip) that I made for 2 of my boys' teachers (the other two also got scarves, but not from Scarf Style).

I really put a lot of thought into what each one would like, so I was thrilled when after the holidays, one came up, gave me a big hug and said "That scarf was ME!" She went on to say that they all couldn't get over how perfect each one was for that recipient. That was the nicest compliment I could have received. For more pics, and pics of the other two gifts, check out my blog. (scroll down for the details).

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I finally started something from Scarf Style! I often browse through the book but having a lot too much on the needles I've always hesitated to start some more. But then I fell over some yarn from my stash and I immediately saw it as Ruffles... It is a pale yellow cotton/viscose blend, I have 150g and a leftover ball. Will see how far I get! I started and have about inches or so done. I think I will love it! At least I already love knitting it!!!


Monday, January 08, 2007

FO Awhile Ago: Shippo Tail Scarf

I came to knitting by way of spinning, rather than the other way around. So I'm fascinated by fibers, and the description of the "yarn" in the Shippo Tail Scarf pattern really intrigued me.

I found a kit online, ordered it, and made it. I finished it last spring (blush) but didn't post finished pics.

I really like the yarn - it was interesting to work with, and I like the result:

I'm posting this FO because I had a lot of the paper and silk stainless left over after following the pattern. I remembered it when I got "Alterknits" for Christmas and there's a pattern that calls for the paper. I pulled it out to try out the pattern, and I've realized as I go just HOW MUCH of the paper yarn was left when I finished my scarf. In retrospect, I would have made it much longer and wider.

My only other advice for working with this yarn for anyone who wants to try it is: Wood needles. Seriously. It's really slippery - like "I put down my work on my lap, the needle tilted and then slid right out all my stitches. Forunately, the stitch definition on paper is *very* good and its easy to slide the needle right back in...,


Backyard Leaves dilemma

Hi all! So I can't believe I've actually conquered Backyard Leaves. Kind of. I am at the end of the first half, the points, and I'm confused as to how I'm supposed to go on from row 41. This is where it splits into two points. It just stops for a few stitches and then continues. How do I do that?

Please excuse my newbie question, I'm a very green knitter and I'm shocked I've even figured this out so far.

Thanks, Briana


Sunday, January 07, 2007

And Ruffles, too!

I also finished the Ruffles Scarf recently- details on my blog. I'm working on Vintage Velvet, which I'll finish one of these days! Posted by Picasa


Lady Eleanor!

Okay, it took me a while to get around to posting this, but here she is! In Silk Garden, color #205. More details on my blog.  Posted by Picasa


Ruffled capelet

I made the ruffled capelet because it suits my pregnant belly just fine and it will be perfect for breast feeding. However I'm not quite sure if I'm so happy with the result, its neither a poncho nor a sweater, so what is it?

All details on yarn usage etc can be found in my blog here.


Forbes Forest

Please help with reading the cable portions on the chart. I did a test swatch my zizzag cable doesn't look right. On the front cable portion, when shoud i use the 2/1 RPC & LPC and when do I use the 2/1 RC & LC. What does the P stand for? Is the set-up row the wrong side and the 1 row the right side? So the cables are knit on the right side.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

Vintage Velvet

Here is my lavendar vintage velvet, in all its slightly over-felted glory. For another pic, and my cautionary tale, check out my blog


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Another Solid Color Campus Scarf

Inspired by laptitelili and her solid color Campus Scarf, here's mine done in 2 skeins of Paton's Decor on US7's, measuring 7" x 64". It is a 25% wool yarn, that finishes up with nice drape and softness.


Misty Garden 2.0

Hello again - I am the same way as Kathy, the previous poster. Mohair isn't my idea of fun. Here's my latest Misty Garden in Cascade Yarns Indulgence (70% Superfine Alpaca, 30% Angora), 1-1/2 skeins. Another success!


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Misty Garden - The 2nd Try

I posted many months ago about my Misty Garden Scarf that I was knitting in mohair. However, mohair and I have discovered that we do not get along. I still wanted to knit the pattern, so I worked Misty Garden in some Angora I just happened to have in my stash, and knit up my own version. I love the simplicity of the Feather and Fan stitch. It was a quick and easy knit, and yet looks so beautiful.

Pattern: Misty Garden, from Scarf Style
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Angora in Turquoise, 60% Angora, 20% Wool, 91 yds, 3 skeins
Needles: US Size 9 24 inch Addi Turbo
Started: 12/27/06
Finished: 1/3/07
Finished Measurements: 45 inches long, 7 1/4 inches wide

See more on my blog!


triangle finally

Look at the wraffle. It is true, it is an easy pattern once you get the hang of it and thanks to the wonderful people of the knit along blog I can do this. At first I have no idea how to start and then inspired by the beautiful results of everyones elses different versions of fir-cone. Have anyone try to iron out this one instead of pinning it down to block?:-)

Off Center Argyle

I am so excited to finally start this one! I've had the yarn for a couple of months now, but was trying to finish a couple of other things first. I finally caved in on Sunday and cast on for Teva Durham's Off Center Argyle from Wrap Style. Instead of olive green, burgundy, and orange as shown in the book, I am knitting mine in two shades of teal, a deep purple, and a very dark brown. This was my progress by Monday evening - I can't put it down! I have a feeling this one isn't going to be on the needles for long :)
There are a few more details on my blog if you're interested.