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Posted on 2009.24.04 at 09:58

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newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2009-04-24 17:06 (UTC) ()
Oh, and about the intarsia/stranded knitting question -- I think, at least for me, stranded makes more sense in this case. None of the distances between color changes is more than 5 stitches, it looks like, and stranded knitting can easily take that. I hate keeping up with all the little mini-skeins you need for intarsia unless I'm doing a whole big block of color. Just me, though.
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primroseburrows at 2009-04-24 23:11 (UTC) ()
I'd much rather do stranded than intarsia, because I've done stranded and it's not nearly as futzy as intarsia looks like it would be. I agree with you about the mini-skeins. I HATE futzy. Now I just need to figure out how much/what weight of yarn and needle size and I'll be able to pick out colours. I'm thinking worsted/aran. Hmm...

And whee! You're going to make this? Ooh.
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2009-04-24 23:33 (UTC) ()
The yarn weight sort of depends on how long you want it to be. If you're like me and you like a scarf that you can actually wrap around your neck and still have long ends, I'd go with worsted-weight yarn. I'm thinking about using Patons Classic Merino, which is inexpensive but reliable wool available at Michael's or JoAnn's craft stores. I think two skeins of grey and two of black would PROBABLY be sufficient, and while you might only need one of red, I'd get two just to be sure. But if you'd like your scarf to be a little finer -- more like something you'd buy in a shop rather than something handmade -- you could do it in DK-weight yarn. You can get some really nice, relatively inexpensive DK-weight at www.knitpicks.com. Not sure how much to advise for that, though.
newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2009-04-24 23:46 (UTC) ()
Oops, and needles: If you go with worsted-weight, I'd recommend US 8 or 9, and I'd use circular ones that are at least 26" long, because you're knitting the scarf lengthwise. Straight needles won't be long enough to hold all those stitches. If you go with DK-weight, I'd shoot for US 6 circulars. It all depends on how tight you knit, but the label of your yarn should recommend an appropriate size of needle for the thickness of the yarn.
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primroseburrows at 2009-04-24 23:47 (UTC) ()
This scarf is as long as the quote, so it has a finite size. I thought about DK, too, because it would be lighter, especially if I end up making a back. I have to do a bunch of calculations to figure out how long it is. My Google-fu is failing at finding anyone actually making this scarf, so I'll have to figure it out with a calculator. Grr.

I'll want a yarn that's washable, probably, so a superwash Merino or something like that (which I'm not sure is available in DK, but I'll check).

I'd rather have extra than not enough, so I'll probably go with two skeins of each if I can't figure it out specifically.

newleaf31
newleaf31 at 2009-04-25 00:21 (UTC) ()
Well, of course the PATTERN has a finite size based on the length of the quote. But the thickness of your yarn also makes a big difference (as does the needle size). This pattern knit in DK will probably be at least five or six inches shorter than this pattern knit in worsted. Standard length for a scarf is 70". The picture looks like worsted to me. You can find superwash merinos in DK, but it's difficult; you might opt for an acrylic blend if you're looking for something affordable. Hard to find a lot of natural fibers that are machine-washable.
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primroseburrows at 2009-04-25 03:20 (UTC) ()
Hmm. Then I probably will do the worsted. Because it should be longer, I think.
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