Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Scrunchie & So So......

Now My So Called Scarf may have a so so name, but the scarf, or the process of knitting it, is in no way forgettable. The pattern is a simple stitch pattern which can be easily memorized but the wonder of it all, is how the strategic placement of a few known stitches can create the texture that it creates - no wonder that it is such a big hit among knitters. This scarf goes to show that you do not need any fancy lace or cable patterns to create something so fantastic. This scarf measured 4.5 inches in width and I bound off when I reached the end of the skein - around 48 inches.
Pattern: My So Called Scarf
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Harvest 1 skein
Needle: US #9/10.5 not sure
As I knit the first few rows of this scarf, while Mr. PT was driving me to my favorite gardens, I realized that there was a simpler way to do the first row of the scarf. Instead of -

Row 1: K1, *sl 1, K1, psso but before dropping the slipped stitch from the left needle, knit into the back of it

I did Row 1 - K1, *sl1, K1, yo, psso which is the same as the above.

Boy, was I proud of myself! I had truly become a knitter brave enough to identify a task that needed simplifying and changing it. When I went to my knitting group I was able to teach one of our very seasoned knitters, this pattern and even suggested the simplified version, which helped her understand it a lot easier. Well my pride didn't last very long. I went onto Knittinghelp and realized that our dear old Ingrid had already come up with this idea months before I did the scarf. It brought me down to terra firma, but hey I can still pat myself on the back, for they say - Great minds think alike!!

I wanted to knit a scarf, but I wanted to try a few different stitch patterns to see how they looked on this yarn. So as you can see, I knit a long swatch. At the bottom of the swatch is the flying chevron pattern, followed by the seafoam pattern, the daisy stitch and the rib & welt pattern. I did not think that any of them except for the daisy stitch suited this particular color yarn. So guess what? I chose to knit the scrunchable scarf with this yarn because it was for a male subject and I took the safe way out :)) But you have to agree that it looks real good.
I cast on 27+2 for the selvedge to give me a 5.5 inch width and 65 inches in length.
Pattern: Scrunchable scarf
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Palais - 1.25 skeins
Needle: US #8


VR said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and saying hi, pani thuly! I absolutely love the Lady E you're making. I bought some Patons SWS to make entrelac pillows, so we'll see how that goes. And the cakes are gorgeous (especially the rose bouquet). Baking is one of my favorite activities too!

Gisaco said...

I know it's been a while, but do you remember how you stitched the first and last stitch of each row for your scrunchable scarf? I've read a few posts but not everyone says the same thing and I'm not experienced enough of a knitter to know how to do a selvedge edge.

Thanks :-)

Pani Thuly said...


I hope I'm not too late with my response. Looking at the pattern instructions, I see that you make 2 extra sts. for the selvedge. That means every time you come to the last st. on a row you just slip it knit wise. Hope this helps.