Monday, January 28, 2008

Unexpectedly Excellent Scarf

So I had leftover superwash 100% wool, same yarn, in 2 vastly different colours. No way these two would look nice together, much less look EXCELLENT together, but me, I have rarely conformed to traditional (or any) rules, especially in knitting, so here it is.

Yarn: 2 balls of each of two colours Walmart Easy Knit 100 % mercerized wool. Colours lime and stone. One partial ball of black (worsted weight from stash) You could use any number of colours of left over yarn, separated by one constant colour (like the black), good de-stashing project!

Needles: 5.0 mm

Gauge: 28 sts in rib pattern = 4 inches.

With 5.0 mm needles, and lime, cast on 36 sts.
* Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 inches. Break off lime yarn (leave about 5 inches to darn in later)
Attach black and work ONE row in rib. Break off and attach stone colour.
Knit 4 inches of stone, and switch again to black for ONE row, then repeat from *

Continue alternating lime and stone, separating with one row of black, until desired length (mine is 6 feet long). End with a lime block and cast off in lime. (symmetry makes me happy).
Ta da! looks great with bright sweaters, and looks great with khaki and brown coats. Such a talented scarf.


auntiemichal said...

Hi, Chris, a knitting friend of mine sent me your link and I'm having a blast reading through your blog(s) and patterns. Thanks! Right now I'm at your Unexpectedly Good Scarf and have a question: if you have an odd number of stitches and K1P1 across all rows, don't you end up with seed stitch unless you slip the first stitch of every row? I was just looking at your seed stitch poncho and it started with odd number of K1P1 sts on every row too.


chris said...

This was one of my early patterns, and of course I assume that everyone would get that k1, p1 RIBBING, means not to seed stitch, but knit the knits and purl the purls on the wrong side :)
I have since become a bit more consistent with pattern writing (although I do get called on my errors by readers! - and a good thing too!)
Happy reading and thanks for posting, chris

chris said...

ps... changed it to 36! still excellent!

N.C.Fabric Junkie said...

So if I co 37 instead I could simply k,p, across and continue in this manner correct.

chris said...

Odd number makes seed stitch, even numbers make ribbing, assuming you start each row with a knit stitch....

Not sure what more you are asking with the above comment...

Unknown said...

If you have an odd number of stitches, then Row 2 would have to start with purl 1, knit 1, in order to continue the ribbing pattern rather than a seed stitch. In other words you get long "columns" of knitted stitches on one side and purl stitches on the other. The seed stitch reminds would have alternating bumps on every row and column. I hope that helps everyone.

Deborah said...

Your stuff is fantastic. Thank you soooo much for sharing your talents with people like me who are less so.