Archive for February, 2010

Crazy Random Cables

I finally finished the soy scarf that I was doing with random cables.  Some places look a little iffy due to the random nature of the project, but its certainly one of a kind.  It came out a little short – I thought 2 balls would do it, but not quite, we’ll see if I can stretch it any with blocking.  This project did teach me some things about cables, I have a better understanding now of what comes out looking good and what doesn’t really show up.  For example, it seems to work best in general to leave a few rows between crossings, (meaning don’t cross cables every 1 or 2 rows, leave more rows), because too close together doesn’t wind up showing.  Things that try to taper off into elegant nonexistence usually wind up looking “off”.  Also, having straight lines in stockinette (meaning making a long vertical row that looks like one braid) may look nice, but that’s usually where it wants to fold inward and doesn’t wind up laying right.  I started on the end that is on the right in the picture, and it was folding in on itself so bad, you can see that I moved to seed stitch and garter by the other end.

Here it is warming my cactus after the snowy weather.


Moving on, the chevron scarf!  I kept reading others rave about this so I wanted to try one. It really is as neat as they say!  I wanted to use up this last ball of rainbow mohair I had, but I wanted to split it up with a solid because the rainbow colors just get muted when run together if I use only the rainbow (which happened on the sweater I had made with the rest of it).

This scarf does follow more of a pattern than I usually use, but its an easy one, even with my bad memory I had it down in a  row or two.  I got this pattern and idea from this other blog, so I’ll just direct you there:  domesticrafts – the chevron scarf.

I’ve seen some chevrons where people use two balls of very different changing colors, this is very nice too.  Mine did this pattern with only one ball that changes, and one solid aqua ball.  I’m about half done, but its very easy and the best part, just like they say, it doesn’t curl!  It really does need no blocking!  Aqua yarn is Red Heart and I used a size 8 needle and 5 knits on the straight parts (as directions suggest for a wider scarf).


The Chevron Scarf – Half N Half

I came up with the idea to make it this way because I got a few of some fancy uber-soft yarns that were very expensive, so I only bought one small ball of each.  What do you do with one small ball of something?  You can make a Half N Half scarf.

It looks like a different color on each side, making a scarf that is quite unique.  An alternating stripe of each color in the middle helps it look like you did it on purpose and helps it blend together well.  Here is how this scarf is constructed.

Making the Half N Half:  Work the scarf starting at one end in the chevron pattern I linked to above (domesticrafts).  Use one color to work about half, but don’t let that color run out.  Near where you want the middle to be, do 4 or 5 rows of the other color, then switch back to the first color for the same number of rows, then switch to the second color to finish the scarf. Make the second color an equal number of rows as the first color, or just make sure they are the same length with a ruler.  If you plan to count rows, tie a piece of yarn in a loose loop through it every 20 rows so you don’t have to count every single row, just by 20s.  Stella is pointing out that it probably would have looked better if I had used brown fringe on the brown side instead of purple, making it truly half n half. (She’s right. I goofed and ran out of brown!)

A note on mixing colors:  I used two vastly different colors, but they go together quite well.  Here’s one reason why – luminosity!

In black and white, both colors appear the same shade of gray.  This means they have the same level of luminosity.  One is not lighter, one is not darker.  No matter what crazy color combinations you throw together, if they have the same luminosity, they will just look like they belong together.  That’s not to say you can’t mix lights and darks together, of course you can!  You will just get a different look, which is fine too.  If you’re not sure what in your stash goes with what, you can always check luminosity to give you a new way to think about the issue.  Take a picture of your yarn and change the photo to grayscale mode, or scan it, or just xerox your yarn on a black and white copy machine.


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