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spiral scarf pyramid
I have two knitting projects to share! First, I finished my spiral scarf a while ago but have been hesitant to blog about it. The dilemma is that I love it a lot but I can’t wear it!

spiral scarf
It makes my neck itch and get red splotches. It’s superwash wool and I dyed it in a plant-dying class I took over a year ago. Maybe it’s one of the dyes that I’m reacting to. I’ve never had any kind of allergy or any sensitivity to fiber so this is disturbing. I’m going to try washing it again and see if that helps. I really want to wear it!! I love the way it turned out and it’s sad to see it just sittingspiral hand there.

The size of the hexagons goes from almost the size of my hand to itty-bitty and the spiraling makes it wrap around my neck so nicely. I also love the way it twists and turns when it hangs. It has so much movement and life to it! Have I mentioned that I really want to wear it without getting all itchy and uncomfortable? Do you think there’s any hope? What should I do with it if I can’t wear it? The sad thing is that I still have more of this yarn but if I’m allergic to it what can I knit with it?

At least I have something new that I can wear! I have never knit mittens and lately my hands have been cold so I decided it was time. I had two balls of Rowan Felted Tweed so I pulled them out, along with some size 3 needles and started knitting. I love Felted Tweed so much! I like the tweedy bits and the lumpy bits and the hairy bits and all the tiny flecks of color.

mittensI wanted stripes but needed something to keep me interested as well so I modified this cabled fingerless mitts pattern Stulpen. I shortened the cuff section and started the cable section later so that it would be on the back of my hand instead of on my arm. I started the thumb gusset at the same time as I started the cable chart. I also made them full mittens instead o the fingerless kind. When I thought I should start decreasing I had to just wing it and I’m really happy with how they turned out!

mitten hand

I know the stripes obscure the cable pattern. I wouldn’t normally do that but the cables were more something to keep me interested than to be the major design element. After knitting the stripey mess for Sairshe, I didn’t want to knit any more plain stripes. And you can see the cables if you’re looking for them. They’re warm and they match and I used stash yarn so I don’t know how they could get any better. Oh, and I even have yarn left over! Any suggestions on what to do with less than a ball of felted tweed?

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Scarf Patterns!


Wavy Razor Shell Scarf

I used 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino: 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere, Approx. 137 yds/50g
Size 5 (or 6) needles- I don’t remenber.
Gauge isn’t really important but my completed scarf was about 6″ wide and 4.5 ft long.


CO 42 stitches

Row 1 (ws): purl across until last stitch, slip last stitch
Row 2 (rs): K2, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K2, yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, K2, yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, K2, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K1, sl 1

Slipping the alst stitch on each row makes a nice, smooth edge on each side.
Repeat these 2 rows until you reach your desired length. See notes below about knitting in one or two pieces.
Wash and block, being careful to pin each point so they will end up nice and defined.
Sew on beads, if desired. I just used thread in a matching color to sew them on.

To help you visualize the pattern a little better, The blue font shows the small edge shells and the red font shows the larger, middle shells. This pattern is easy to modify. You could knit just one large panel instead of two in the center or knit only 1 knit stitch in between the yo’s separating the shells for a more delicate look. Play around with it and you’ll get a beautiful scarf tailored to your yarn.

If you want the ends to match perfectly, knit scarf in two pieces then graft together. If you choose to graft, I recommend ending each piece with a right side row and then grafting. This makes the pattern at the join more continuous. You can use a 3-needle bind off to attach pieces but that will leave a seam. I grafted my pieces together and you could tell that something was going on there although it looked neat. It’s the part of the scarf that will be at the back of the neck and not really seen so I wasn’t bothered by my less than perfect finish.

If you don’t want knit the scarf in 2 pieces, it will still look nice knitted in one piece. The red line in the picture below shows how the bound off edge will wave if you knit it in one piece. You will end up with 1 more point on this edge than on the cast-on edge.

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John Muir Scarf

More pictures can be seen here.
I used 4 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Treasure: 100% baby alpaca, 110 yards / 50 grams

I used size 5 needles. Guage isn’t important as it’s just a scarf! I was in such a Christmas hurry to send this off, I forgot to measure it. I think my finished scarf was about 7 inches wide and you can see it being worn if you click the link above to give you an idea of it’s length.
CO 54

Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P44, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2: K1, P1, K1, P1, K46, P1, K1. P1, K1

Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P44, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Continue working 5 stitches on each side in seed stitch for the rest of the scarf.
Rows 5-?: work 5 stitches in seed stitch, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work chart, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work chart, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work 5 stitches in seed stitch

When you reach your desired length, repeat rows 1-3, bind off.

On my chart, empty squares are knit stitches on the right side and purls on the wrong side. Squares with dots represent purl stitches on the right side and knits on the wrong side.

 

Twist 6 Left rib: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold at front of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, slip the 2 purl stitches from cable needle back to left hand needle and purl them. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

 

Twist 6 Right rib: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold at back of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, slip the 2 purl stitches from cable needle back to left hand needle and purl them. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

 

(Cable pattern taken from The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting, edited by Debra Mountford. )


 

 

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