7/22/12

Pattern: Long Skinny Scarf or What to Do with Your Novelty Yarn

I don't know how about you, but I sometimes (ha!) buy yarn not because I have a project in mind, but because it looks pretty in a store. 
Sounds familiar? 
Especially those novelty yarns: the fuzzies, the sparklies, the ladders and the ruffles. 
I'd think: Oh, I will find something to make with it - it is so pretty!.
Then I would come home and try this and that, and nothing really looks good in this yarn, so it gets stashed at the back of my yarn closet (did I mentioned that I graduated to a YARN CLOSET?)

The other day I was going through that closet, found these yarns and it struck me - 
LONG SKINNY INFINITY SCARF (a.k.a. - long loop)!!!.

So here are my before and after pictures:

Novelty yarns (Fun Fur and Ladder yarn - I don't even remember the manufacturers)
Two Scarves:
and in combination:
and a close up:
It turned out to be a Fun-Fun-Fun accessory to play with and find more and more ways to wear it. 
So, if you happen to have a ball of a pretty novelty yarn and like my idea - here is the pattern:

Free Pattern: Long Skinny Infinity Scarf
Take your favorite needles: size does not really matter.
Cast on 3 st.
In every row: slip1, knit 1, purl 1
Work until you run out of yarn - the last row: k3tog, pull the yarn through.
Make a knot using yarn tails from cast on and cast off to make a long loop. 
Weave in the ends.
Enjoy Playing with your new accessory!



Let me know if you have made your novelty scarf - I would love to see the pictures!
Happy Knitting everyone!


7/12/12

Can you follow the pattern?

One of the ladies in my knitting group asked me if I ever follow the pattern.
Hmm... good question. Do I follow the pattern...I could not remember from the top of my head when was the last time I did that.
So I set up to "follow the pattern as it is written".
I knew exactly what I wanted to make: I just got my new issue of "Knits"
The shawl on the cover is a "Summer Blooms Shawl" by Susanna IC from Interweave Knits. It is one of those crescent shawls that are shaped by working short rows.

I had a very nice cotton yarn in an ocean shades, so off I went.
Well, after I was done with the lace border - I realized that if I follow the direction precisely, I will get a very skinny shawl, more like a scarf -  so, I had to improvise and make the lace border much wider.
This is the closeup of the original :

 
and this is my modified version

You can see the resemblance, but it is different.
Here is the finished shawl:

and one more:

I absolutely LOVE how it came out - the colors, the drape, the lace!
But the question still remains - can I actually follow the pattern all the way?
 I guess I will have to try again... :)

Oh, and if you are interested in the original Summer Blooms Shawl - it is here:

Happy Knitting!