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, November 03, 2008

Vintage Velvet

I've owned Scarf Style for a long time and I've been reading this blog for over a year now. I've admired the beautiful scarves I've seen here and finally got around to making the Vintage Velvet scarf for myself.I found the Muench Touch Me at a LYS going out of business sale and couldn't resist particularly since the color is one of my favorites. Although I was really nervous about washing this scarf in hot water I couldn't be happier with the result.



Now for the Misty Garden I've been thinking about for a year plus.

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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.
--Hillary

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

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.
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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

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Vintage Velvet gone Chunky Wool-Ease


I love this pattern, Vintage Velvet, so much that I had to do it for my son in charcoal, in Chunky Wool-Ease, he's a big guy and he requested it for Christmas. The hat it from "Hip Knit Hats," another great pattern book. I had to make the scarf 4 cables longer due to the bulkiness of the yarn and my son being the big guy he is. It really came out nice and would be great in a cashmerino....Later, Terri Lynn

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Vintage Velvet post-felting & advice for those in doubt

As promised I got some pictures taken of my Vintage Velvet scarf post-felting. It's hard to get a decent picture of it, but the two of me wearing it came out almost perfect. :)




And because I believe in helping others out whenever possible, if anyone is reading this and contemplating making either this scarf or another piece in Touch Me and is afraid to throw that plush, sinfully soft yarn in the washer and dryer, fear not!

Your gorgeous scarf (or shawl, blanket, top, what have you) will look bad when it comes out of the washing machine. Really bad. Brace yourself. Your piece will be matted and rough and bear more than a passing resemblance to roadkill (sad but true).

It won't look like the gorgeous piece you put in the washer and it won't look much better once it comes out of the dryer (let it dry until it's damp and then air dry it, stretching it gently every now and then), but have faith. It'll most likely take a few days and a couple of trips through the dryer on low heat for 10 minutes or so at a time over the course of those few days to get it dried completely, but once it's had a chance to dry completely and relax after its long journey through the felting and drying process it will be gorgeous.

As it dries, it loses that roughness and dullness and regains its softess and shine, but the stitches will be shrunk down so that it looks like well cared for vintage velvet (the name of the pattern is dead on accurate) rather than the beautiful, but clearly knitted piece that went in.

What I'm trying to say is: Have faith. Felting this gorgeous (and rather expensive) yarn isn't necessarily an easy step to take, considering the beauty of the piece pre-felting and the price of the yarn should it turn out badly, but believe me, it's worth it.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Vintage Velvet is done!

(Picture is pre-felting - a picture post-felting is at the bottom of the post)

Finished up my Vintage Velvet scarf a couple of days ago and after setting and waiting for it to dry (to no avail, I might add, it's too humid here, apparently), I finally threw it in the drier on low heat for ten minutes and it's finally presentable. :)


I was really worried by how it looked and felt when I pulled it out of the washer (matted and rough, not soft and silky like before), but now that it's finally dry I'm pretty happy with it. If I do it again, I won't wash it for so long to shrink it a teeny bit less, but that's just so that it'll be wider and a bit longer (I could make it longer by stretching it, but then I lose width).


I'll get better pictures of it after drying later and put them up (I'll have to host them somewhere other than my Flickr account due to a glitch that ate up all my bandwidth - damn them - but they'll be up somewhere) but for now I don't have access to my camera and just have a picture of the cables after felting.



(Post-felting - a picture of the scarf pre-felting is at the top of the post)

I'm seriously considering altering a cabled hat pattern I have to make a matching Vintage Velvet hat, although I'll have to do a lot of math to make sure that it's going to fit correctly after felting (and adjust the needle size and whatnot accordingly). If I do it and it turns out well, I'm going to be a very happy camper and if it doesn't I'm going to be a bit miffed, what with the yarn being $15 a skein and my needing probably 3 or 4 skeins to make a hat and all. I do have a birthday coming up, though, so maybe someone will get me the yarn as a present, then I won't feel quite as bad if it doesn't turn out perfectly.

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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Vintage Velvet is on the needles and I'm in love!

I started my Vintage Velvet scarf yesterday and I'm absolutely hopelessly in love with the yarn (Touch Me, the yarn the pattern calls for). It's so, so soft and plush and silky and it knits up beautifully (and quickly!).

So far I'm three full repeats and 1/3 of the 4th into the pattern (and finishing up my first ball of yarn) and it looks wonderful. I think it's going to look even better once it's felted. I had some issues with dropping stitches in the middle panel initially since the yarn is a bit slippery and had to restart the damn thing three times before I got the feel of the yarn and I had to get a couple of cable turns in before it looked right, but it's gorgeous now.

I figure I'll be able to finish it in about 4 days or so, if I go at this rate. Just in time for fall, hurrah!

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Backyard Leaves and More



I finished Backyard Leaves in the first part of April. I used exactly 4 balls of Karabella Aurora 8 in the lavender color. It was so fun, I'm thinking I'll be making another one in the fall. I loved knitting with Karabella Aurora, and it is very soft on my neck. I did stumble on the very first row, though, until I read some of the other blogs. Not being real familiar with lace patterns, it didn't occur to me to start Row 1 as a wrong side row. I don't know if that's common or not, but I've made a note of it.

Previous to joining this KAL, I'd completed Vintage Velvet. I used 5 skeins of Muench Yarns Touch Me in a peacock bluey/green color. It is sooo beautiful, I didn't want to felt it, but maybe next fall. I'd like to see someone's else's in this color that has felted it, but I may have to do a swatch with the leftover yarn and test it myself.
I'd also completed Misty Garden last fall using Queensland Collection Soft Comfort Mohair, but I've since given it away as a gift and didn't get a picture of it. For as simple a scarf as it was, my mind seemed to wander and I had to frog every once in a while. As you probably know, frogging that freakin' mohair ain't no easy thang. I don't think I'd ever choose to knit with that particular yarn again. I also found it a bit itchy against my neck for a scarf.
I just love Scarf Style and this is my first KAL. I've recently begun a knitting blog at http://tukats.typepad.com, so drop in and say hi. I'm looking at Blizzard or Here and There Cables as the next scarf, but that will be probably next October. My husband is wondering how many scarves a girl needs in Southern California, and I keep asking him how many golf clubs does he need:)

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Vintage Velvet Length Question

Happy New Year!
I have just tonight bound off Vintage Velvet. I used the recommended 5 skeins of Touch Me, in #3618. And used size 8 needles. The book says the scarf will "wrap twice around the neck with ends to spare" I haven't felted yet, but even before felting I just don't feel like it's going to be long enough and am considering buying one more skein. If I try to do wear it with a "Hacking Knot" it just feels too small. Anyone else run into this?

Suzanna

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Lots of Scarf News

You'll have to excuse me for posting about 3 scarves all at once. I was waiting for a brighter day to take the photos and by the time I got one, I had 3 scarves to post about. I still really want to get started on a project from Wrap Style, but right now the yarn I have in my stash lends itself to Scarf Style projects. And to think, Wrap Style is the book I own and I keep having to renew Scarf Style from the library!

First, I finished Ruffles. This scarf was a great knit for me as a relatively new knitter. The pattern was easy to memorize and I learned how to do short rows. I will admit I was pretty bored with it about halfway through. The yarn is Cascade 220 and I knit on size 8 needles.

Then I started Misty Garden. The night I cast on, I tried to use size 6 needles and I just couldn't keep the yarn loose enough to do the K2TOG's. After struggling for 5 rows I frogged it. The next night I cast on using size 8 needles and exaggerated my stitches even more. Success was achieved and the scarf is half done. Again, the pattern was easy to memorize, but the challenge was in keeping track of which row I was on. I know it shouldn't have been difficult, but at one point I got turned around and reversed the scarf. I had to frog 12 rows that time. The yarn is Jaeger Mohair Art in inkwell, a dark purple.

Finally, I started Vintage Velvet. The first two inches I was very concerned that I was doing something wrong (never having knit a cable before), but now I've finished two pattern repeats and it's looking good. This yarn sure is a pleasure to knit with. My only concern is that everyone who touches it will want one and the yarn is way too expensive for me to use very often. I'm using emerald green Touch Me on size 8 needles.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Vintage Velvet!



This scarf was so fun once I got a chart from a friend of mine!! Before I couldn't keep track of where I was in the pattern.

I used the color recommended in the pattern for my soon-to-be SIL cause she's a neutral color kind of woman.

It was so fast and easy once I got going and figured out the pattern! The lighting here is a little wonky but the actual scarf is pretty close to the true color.

I'm working on Ene's Shawl, but I'm in the middle of frogging and starting over for the second time.... wish me luck!

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Velvet



My vintage velvet is finally finished. I'd have to rank this among my favorite knitted items. I wrote more about it and put up more pictures on my blog.

Now... for the next scarf.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

vintage velvet almost done

hi everyone. this is my first post on here, even though i've been stalking the blog since it's creation to look at all of the beautiful scarves from scarf style. i am working on the vintage velvet scarf in muench touch me in a discontinued color (3660) that i got in a trade. i am on the last ball of yarn and unfortunately it looks like my scarf is going to be short. i used the number of recommended skeins but it's not enough and the color is nowhere to be found. so i think i'll just bind off and felt it anyways and maybe someone with a really skinny neck can wear it. i'll post a pic once it's felted but here it is right now:

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sorry this pic is kind of crappy but natural light is hard to find when you work all day. i think i might try the turtleneck shrug after this with some stash yarn. i love this book!

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Pictures as promised!

Good Evening!!
Pictures of the Ruffles scarf and the Vintage Velvet!

My little girl (Precious) checking out the Ruffles! She got caught playing! Perfect pic opportunity!

Vintage Velvet still in progress (almost done!)


And a close-up of the cable. This is the first cable pattern I have done and it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be.
Happy Knitting!
D

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Vintage Velvet Progress

I've been working on Vintage Velvet for a little while and finally got around to taking a picture of it.

The yarn is so dark though, I don't know why I was so fussed about getting a picture of it. I'm using Touch Me in Eggplant (very deep purple) and am nearly finished with the second ball of five. My favorite LYS had a finished one hanging in the store and I just couldn't resist the pull of this scarf. The drape and softness in the finished work is incredible. Can't wait to share a finished picture with you. Now, just to finish it. :D

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Friday, September 30, 2005

Finished Vintage Velvet

I've now finished my second scarf from this book. Here are some pics and details.

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It's not really as short as it looks. I just doubled it over to get it in the pic. It's actually over 80 inches long.


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This was my first cable pattern. I went with a differnt yarn instead of what the pattern called for. I used Knitpicks Palette in Palette. I used four balls in total, but I double-stranded them. So obviously I didn't do the felting, or part felting called for in the pattern. I really liked this pattern and am thinking about making one for myself.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Vintage Velvet

I have a new project from Scarf Style. My friend wants a scarf for her birthday so I picked this one. I'm using Knit Picks Palette (100% Peruvian wool) in Petal, double-stranded for the scarf. I'm not sure if I'm going to put it through the wash to felt it a little bit - I'll see when I'm done because I didn't use the yarn called for in the pattern. Here is what it looks like so far - I've only done the first 16 rows.


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I don't really think the yarn is that bright in person, although it was brighter than I anticipated from the website when I ordered it.

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Saturday, July 09, 2005

vintage velvet completed



finally done and photographed. I used just under 5 balls of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk. This will be so nice to wear once fall comes around.

so next I think I'll try interlocking balloons.

love this book!

-Amber

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Finished Vintage Velvet

I finished Vintage Velvet. I made it in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in Dark Red I guess is the color. I used a step up from the size needle called for. I used circulars instead of straights. It was my first time work with cricular needles. This was a very fun scarf to knit. It was also my first time doing cables and now I love cables. :) I don't have a picture because I gave it to my Mom for her birthday and she took it and ran with it so to speak. She's hidden it or something bc I can't seem to find it. But when I do I'll post a picture. :)

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