Summer knitting, cont., aka FO Friday.

Before I went into the hospital I decided I needed to take along some comfort knitting. My other projects were all at a stage where they required thought and/or concentration — not suitable for hospital knitting under the infuence of painkillers. I scrounged in the stash and decided to make a scarf for the Red Scarf Project.


Scard many reds

I was using up odd balls of yarn left over from previous projects. Ravelry-ed here. But that edging was a challenge. It came about because I was not satisfied with how the ends were woven in… and there were a LOT of ends. A black edging would cover them and also enhance the stained glass effect.

First, I did an attached i-cord. Somehow I had it in my head that attached i-cord covers the edge. Nope, it just sits on one side on top of the edge. No go, rip.

Plan B was to was to pick up stitches all along the long edge, work enough rows of stockinette so it would wrap around the edge, then do a sewn bind-off, somehow attaching the black stockinette to the other side of the scarf. I got to the sewn bind-off part and realized that the "somehow attach to the other side" part was not as simple as I had envisioned. After a frustrating attempt, rip.

Plan C was to pick up stitches all along the long edge, work 2-3 rows of stockinette, do the same thing on the reverse, then attach them to each other with a 3-needle bind-off, thus enclosing the edge in the two strips of stockinette. Repeat on other long edge. I knit the first bit, then started picking up stitches on the reverse.  I don't remember now exactly why I didn't like that, but it was something about how the second batch of picked-up stitches, the ones on the reverse side, didn't look neat enough. Rip.

Plan D was the one I should have tried right away (of course), working a row of single crochet along each long edge. There is a reason that is the commonest edging — It.Just.Works. Still took me three or four tries, with lots of ripping, to get the tension right. Maybe a G crochet hook would have been better than an F, who knows.

Anyway, it is done and I am pleased with it. So pleased, in fact, that I may make another one to use up other odd balls of yarn. Not sure if I have enough reds left, but I do have lots of blues…

I made a couple other scarves for the RSP but never got around to sending them. Let's take a look, shall we?

Scarf alpaca 1 
Scarf alpaca 2

Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca (sport weight)
Needle: It was so long ago I don't actually remember. Probably a US#5 or 6.
Pattern: Broken rib. 

Scarf ff 1 
Scarf ff 2

Yarn: Louet Gems Topaz worsted weight, 100% superwash merino, color 80-2584 burgundy. This yarn is some of the leftovers from my kimono sweater. I used some in the many-reds scarf, above, too.
Needle: US#7
Pattern: Fast Forward by Natalie Servant. I adore her patterns. This is the only one I have made so far, but I have several others waiting in my Ravelry library. There are a lot of Art Deco influences in her design, and that appeals to me.

As soon as I block the many-reds scarf these will be ready to box up and send. Yay, me!

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0 Responses to Summer knitting, cont., aka FO Friday.

  1. Kym says:

    Nice-looking red scarves, all around. I really like the stained-glass effect of the first one. You were Very Determined!

  2. Bonnie says:

    Wow! I love that first scarf. I just put it in my favorites on Ravelry! Now I’m thinking about scrap yarn… Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Mary Jo says:

    The black crocheted edge looks perfect on your scarf. I found this method of putting a border on a project just a couple days ago: <“>; It’s really too bulky for a scarf, but I think this is similar to what you wanted to do in Plan B.

  4. Mary Jo says:

    The link is not working correctly. I found the pattern in the Purl Bee archives WHIT’S KNITS: BULKY BABY BLANKETS, July 24, 2009. Sorry about the disconnect.

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