Yes, I know it’s summer, but I have been knitting a scarf…

…I did start it in the winter though. So if you fancy trying to knit this scarf and you’re anything like me, you might want to start it now!

 

I have been a bit obsessed with reverse stocking stitch stripes recently, ever since I was almost finished this scarf (with the ‘right’ side out) and decided it looked better with the ‘wrong’ side out. Now I’m pretty much knitting everything in reverse stocking stitch stripes. Don’t worry, it will pass once I’ve found a new obsession, much like my obsession with welts (though I still love a welt).

 

Pictures!

 

 

Pattern!

 

You will need: 3 X 50g in white, 2 X 50g in blue and 1 X 50g in orange. Or any other colour combo you like. I used DMC Woolly in shades 01 (white) and 102 (orange) and Sublime Extra Fine Merino in shade 363 (indigo) for the blue. These are all DK weight, you can use any yarn you choose although different weights will result in a different size scarf of course. Mine is 240cm long (excluding fringe) and 16cm wide.

You will also need a 4.5mm (US 7) circular needle (or whatever size suits your yarn weight) and knowledge of magic loop as this scarf is knitted in the round. See my tutorial here if you are not sure how to do magic loop. You will also need a smallish crochet hook for the fringes.

Note: As the whole thing is reverse stocking stitch you can just knit it the usual way (knitting every round), with the ‘knit’ stitches facing outwards and the ‘purl’ stitches on the inside, then turn it inside out at the end. For this pattern, I’ve called the ‘knit’ stitches the ‘wrong’ side and the ‘purl’ stitches the ‘right’ side. Just make sure you leave your yarn ends on the outside or ‘wrong’ side as you go.

Cast on 72 sts in your blue yarn.

Join in the round.

(Knit every round.)

Knit one round in blue.

Switch to white, knit one round.

Continue working the last two rounds until the blue yarn runs out.

After the next white round, switch to orange.

Continue in the same manner until you have a few yards of orange and white left (enough for a fringe).

Cast off.

Secure your ends, making sure they are all on the ‘wrong’ stocking stitch side – you don’t need to worry too much about weaving them in as they will be on the inside of the tube. Then turn your tube ‘right’ side out.

Make an orange and a white fringe. I like to use a greeting card – wrap the yarn around the card right along it’s length, cut the yarn at the opening side of the card, you then have even lengths for fringe making.

Close the ends of the tube with your fringes, orange on the blue end and white on the orange end (or you could do blue on the orange end if you prefer and have some left). Using a crochet hook, poke it through both sides of the tube between the first and second round. Grab the loops of two bits of yarn folded in the middle. Pull the loops through and then pull the ends of the yarn through the loop and tighten. Make one fringe loop every other stitch or it will stretch out your scarf end.

You are finished and can now flounce around in your scarf. Then take it off, block it like a proper knitter and flounce around again.

Ta da!

 

Noodles of knitting

I’m having a knitting problem. Too many projects…too little time. This isn’t a new problem but I don’t think I’ve ever had so many designs on the go before.

 

I’ve almost finished a couple of simple wee ones…

 

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This is a headband – only problem – I might have to find a neater way to do the edges. It looks fine when it’s on a head but a bit wavy when off…

 

Here is my latest wrist warmer design – also almost done:

 

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There were two reasons this design was left for a bit – I ran out of one of the colours and couldn’t find my tapestry needle for weaving in the ends!

 

Next is a design for a spring/summer top so I’ve got a bit of time to finish that:

 

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I’m almost done with a more wintery top in yummy chunky undyed wool:

 

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I’ve either got to finish it pronto or keep it on the backburner until Autumn. This one was left for a bit because I needed more wool for it and it wasn’t cheap…

 

And last but most importantly I’ve started designing something specially for my Mum who is very unwell at the moment. I’m hoping to finish it soon and sell the pattern through Just Giving to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a scarf/shawl knit on the bias:

 

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Hopefully I can finish at least a couple of these over the weekend and I won’t feel like I’ve got quite so many balls (of wool) in the air!

 

Anybody else overwhelmed with too much knitting?

 

I’m from further north than you

I have been having a little difficulty translating the scarf design I showed a peep of here into a pattern. It consists of many diagonal stripes which stop and start randomly across the scarf so there is no easy repeat to write or chart. (I tried to do both and ended up turning the air blue) – it is just too unwieldy to write out.

So, I am going to use this post as a ‘recipe’ for the scarf and it can be up to the knitter where they start and stop the stripes.

First, here’s a proper look at it…

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It’s called ‘I’m from further north than you’ after the Wedding Present song I was listening to while wrestling with the pattern writing.

Here is how you do it:

MATERIALS

Regia 4-fädig Tweed – 3 x 50g

Around 5 yards each of 2 colours in 4ply or finer for stripes

FINISHED SIZE

Length: around 154cm

Width: around 24cm

(I found this to be the right length to double the scarf and tuck the ends through the loop as in the last picture above. This means you can see the garter stitch diagonal at the end and the coloured stripes in the main part round your neck.)

TENSION/GAUGE

This is not too important as long as your garter stitch tension is not wildly different from your stocking stitch tension. If so, your ends will be a lot wider than your middle… you could use a smaller needle to start/finish but be aware that the garter stitch and stocking stitch sections do merge together for a number of rows.

PATTERN

Cast on 56 st in main colour yarn

Work in garter st for 23 rows

Row 24: P1, K to end

Row 25: Knit

Row 26: P2, K to end

Continue in this way, adding an extra purl stitch on every even row until you have reached 10 purl stitches (or 10st in stocking stitch)

Next row: K to last st, P1

Next row: P11, K to end

Next row: K to 2nd last st, P1

Next row: P12, K to end

Keep going like this, adding another P stitch on the right side for every 10 stitches across the stocking stitch pattern and shifting it one stitch to the right every row. At the same time, continue adding another purl stitch on the wrong side for every row until the garter stitch section ends. You will then be continuing in stocking stitch with purls instead of knits every 10th stitch on right side.

In this way, you will be creating diagonal trenches in which to crochet a chain of coloured stripes afterwards. Once you have finished the garter stitch section you should have a purl trench every 10th stitch of your row.

Now, here is where it becomes a ‘recipe’ rather than a pattern…

Sometimes, don’t start doing purl stitches when you get another 10 stitches across, start them further up on a later row (you will have to work out where they are in the row but it will be easy enough – 10 stitches from the last purl trench). Sometimes, stop one purl trench some way up it and restart it again after several rows so you create a two part stripe. Sometimes, finish it before it reaches the other edge of the scarf. The stripe pattern is really up to you – I tried not to make too many gaps close to each other – mix them up a bit. Although I made sure my first and last stripes were full length.

Tip: if you slip stitch the coloured stripes into the trenches as you go along (once a trench is finished) you can see better how the colours/gaps look and this can help you decide what to do later. You can also use two colours for one stripe if you have a gap in the middle.

Once your scarf reaches around 130cm long, begin another garter stitch diagonal by knitting on both sides instead of creating another trench – one stitch extra of garter for each right side row. Continue until the entire row is garter stitch. Knit in garter stitch for 23 more rows. Cast off.

Surface crochet stripes: Using a small crochet hook and your choice of coloured yarns, make a slip knot, insert the crochet hook through the first stitch in purl trench and catch the slip knot on reverse side. Pull loop through to front side, insert crochet hook into 2nd stitch of trench and loop yarn round on reverse side. Pull hook through to front and through previous loop. Continue until you reach the end of the trench or a gap. Cut yarn, pull through last loop in front then using a darning needle, pull end through to reverse (over end of last loop) and sew in yarn end on reverse.

Tip: As the scarf is mainly stocking stitch it will curl at the edges without blocking. I found that the Regia yarn responded well to a steam iron on the reverse side to prevent curling. Please check your yarn ball for ironing instructions.

That’s it! Enjoy your scarf! Happy knitting!