Posts Tagged ‘scarf’

This scarf is done in entrelac, and doesn’t follow a pattern.  However, here is a pattern for the exact same thing which I didn’t use if you want one.  To make this, I printed out Eunny Jang’s knitting daily “Beyond the Basics” booklet, and carried these very easy to follow instructions around with me as I knitted this scarf. Both her instructions and the scarf pattern are available on this page, for free, here:  http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2009/01/30/entrelac-tips-and-a-free-entrelac-scarf-pattern.aspx  (Scroll down to where it says “Free download! Eunny Jang’s Beyond the Basics: Entrelac Knitting Block by Block”.  I don’t think it will make you join to get it since I got to it straight from google, but I can’t be sure of that.  Joining is also free, however.)

Things I love about entrelac:  Its very easy to do following Eunny Jang’s instructions.  It makes a scarf that lies nice and flat, no curling.  It is interesting looking.  If you varied your yarn color you’d get something that looked like a woven basket (like the socks on that page I linked to).

Things I don’t love that much about entrelac:  While you’re in it, it seems like its taking a really long time to do.  However, if you regularly find yourself stuck in a place where you can knit several days a week (such as on a bus for nearly an hour a day), you won’t take too long to get it done.

I cannot for the life of me find the label, but it was this yarn, which I think was in the baby yarns.  Unusual for mixing yellow, orange and purple together.


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These follow patterns, but one is so easy you don’t need to drag it around with you (the Interlaced Stitch, the tan multicolored one in my photo).  The other one you eventually memorize, but at least for me, it took a little longer so I dragged this pattern around with me for awhile (the unfinished blue one, the Elongated Stitch).  Good news though!  I got these off of a website where you can get these stitch patterns for free, and even watch a video on how to do them.

Here’s Knitting Daily:  “Fancy Stitches for Special Yarn”


For my Interlaced, I used Red Heart yarn in 2 colors, alternating every 4 sets of interlace (Red Heart Classic, color: Springtime, and Red Heart Super Saver, color: Aspen).  Then I added a crocheted edge and fringe.  The crocheted edge was 3 double crochet in each section of garter stitch, chain 2 over the interlace, repeat. Needle size 6. Hook…I’ve forgotten, but I’m thinking it was I or J.  Just try it out for a couple of stitches.  It shouldn’t pull tighter on the edge, it should lie flat with no tension in it.

For the Elongated, I used Red Heart Shimmer, color: 1503, and needle size 6.

Ah, scarves…the best cat toy ever invented.


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This was made using a chart, and in the end it turned out to look nice on both sides (always great when your scarf doesn’t have an ugly backside!)

The part of the scarf hanging down shows the front side, the top shows the back side.  The main part of the scarf was knit using the chart, and then crochet was done down the sides (dc, chain, dc, chain etc. to make it holey), then fringe was added.

This chart was from: The New Knitting Stitch Library. Lesley Stanfield. Quarto Publishing, 1992. Chart # 15, page 29.

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I LOVE fairisle.  I have found its not too hard to manage 2 strands of yarn if I wrap them both around my right hand the usual way, but put one strand under the thumb and one over the index finger.

I wanted this to be a black and color changing scarf, with the black staying constant throughout, but the color changing in its background.  I spun this bright color changing yarn to be striped, but in very wide stripes for this reason.   This scarf is done twice the width I want it to end up, so I can fold it in half longways and sew the edges together, making only the nice side show.  (That’s why I don’t mind that its curling, it will be sewed flat when it is finished.)

I use charts for the fairisle, but otherwise, there is no other pattern, just make it twice as wide as you want and as long as you want.  My charts come from the book in the photo (citation below).   I hadn’t noticed when I was picking these charts, (I was mainly choosing ones that are 16 stitches wide), but its coming out looking like seasons.  Snowflakes at the bottom, then flowers, then I hadn’t realized it but that next one looks exactly like pine pollen under a microscope, then more flowers as it gets hot pink and hot outside… I’m recording my year in my scarf!

All of the charts used in the scarf come from:  1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Louise Roberts.  Trafalgar Square Publishing, Vermont/ Collins & Brown Limited, 2004.

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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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This was just knitted from one end to the other, following a chart for the design using the width I wanted for a scarf, then one twist was added before the back was seamed together.

The stitch chart used is from: The New Knitting Stitch Library. Lesley Stanfield. Quarto Publishing, 1992. Chart # 188, page 24.
The yarn was acrylic, Red Heart.

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