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Posted on 2009.24.04 at 09:58


newleaf31 at 2009-04-24 23:40 (UTC) ()
How come you want to make a back for it, if I might ask? Stranded knitting is annoying in that it's not reversible, but so cool on the front side that it's worth it. Fair warning: stitching (with thread and fabric) on knitting is a HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS. I did it with a wrap I made my mom for Christmas a couple of years ago and it made me throw things.

I'm notorious for not finishing stuff, too, even knitting projects. So if you want, we can keep each other accountable! :)
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primroseburrows at 2009-04-24 23:49 (UTC) ()
I figure a back would cover up the work on the reverse side. Hmm. I do not want to throw things.

Mutual accountability sounds like a great idea. Accountability is the trend, after all. :)
newleaf31 at 2009-04-25 19:49 (UTC) ()
So I's been thinkin' about this scarf some more, and here is a thing you can do if you want all the strings of the stranded knitting to be not so visible. Assuming you're knitting it the lengthwise (you can knit it shortwise, but that really will require intarsia instead of stranded), just knit it twice as wide. What I mean is, at quick count, I think the pattern's 53 lines wide. So knit 27 rows in your main color, black, knit the chart, then knit 26 more rows in black. Seam up the cast-on/cast-off edges inside out, turn it right side out, and seam up the short ends. Voila, strands are inside and invisible! Added bonus: you don't have to do the border I talked about above, because the seams will prevent the scarf from rolling up.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-04-25 21:16 (UTC) ()
So that means the seam would be in the middle of the back? Hmmm...might work.

Also, I bought yarn! I haven't uploaded the picture yet, but it'll be going in my next post. It's a cotton-merino blend. Pretty and soft!
newleaf31 at 2009-04-25 21:44 (UTC) ()
If you seam it properly (with a kitchener stitch), the seam should be largely invisible. Even if it wasn't, no one should see it anyway. Your alternative would be to seam it at an edge.

I got my yarn, too. I thought about organic cotton, but can't afford it right now. I did go with merino, in dark brown, off-white, and a brownish-pink heather called "woodrose." Very pretty.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-04-25 23:02 (UTC) ()
I've never done a kitchener stitch in my life, but I probably could figure it out.

I counted the stitches a couple of times, and I get 49, which would mean 24 on one side and 25 on the other? I think that's it.

I just realized that the yarn I picked is DK yarn, which I specifically said I didn't want to the people at the LYS, but I'm going to try it anyway. It'll mean a shorter scarf, but mneh. It'll be finer in texture, which is a plus, too. I'm using Rowan Wool Cotton in Moonstone, which is a light grey, and Wool Cotton Inky, which is the black, and Zara Extra-fine merino in red. The pink sounds like a very cool idea, though. :)
(Anonymous) at 2009-04-25 23:31 (UTC) ()
Love Rowan! Should I point out to you that you're using British yarn to make such an American scarf? ;)

I re-counted; yup, it's 49 sts wide. Haven't finished my chart to know how long it is yet. Blown up and printed out, the chart is a little hard to read, so I'm drawing in the grid lines every five stitches. Also, let me warn you, there's one piece of the grid (the middle one, I think) that's missing four vertical rows. I had to eyeball and fill them in, which is easy enough with the black and white, but a bit harder with the gray. Got my fingers crossed my estimations will look okay.
newleaf31 at 2009-04-25 23:31 (UTC) ()
Um, that's me ^^, obviously.... Dratted computer.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-04-26 06:30 (UTC) ()
The Brits seem to really like our new POTUS, so I'm sure they won't mind. :)

I haven't had time to start knitting yet, I'm hoping I can do some tomorrow, after my appointment with Dr. Naproxen.
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