See pirates, it IS a knitting club!
Sew (see what I did there?), Ladies I have a question for you.
I am looking to knit a scarf, but I am not quite sure how to go about it. I don't mean in 'the knit one purl one' sense but as in......the motif is approx 80 stitches wide but will have wool carried across the back and I want this hidden. Do I
1) knit my scarf double width and sew on one side to form a tube2) knit effectively two scarves and join them together on both sides
Also I guess option 1 requires a circular needle. How does that work? Do I have to somehow mark where the start is and turn the work back and front as I do the rows or can I actually knit in a continuous loop (which I would guess solves the issue of seams)
I have googled. I am going to see if I can knit in the round as it seems I just knit and knit and knit and end up with stockinette stitch.
Watch this space
Knitting in the round is pretty straightforward, I find the trickiest bit if joining the cast on row, but as long as you're careful not to twist it, it's not too hard. I generally mark the row start with a loop of wool that just gets transferred from one point to the next. And yes, knitting every row will give you stocking stitch.
You could try purling a stitch at what would be the "edge" of your scarf to help it lie flat once you've cast off.
Kwilter with a K wrote (see)
Please could you say that bit again, but this time for idiots . Do you mean I purl the final stitch in every 'row'.
I have just cast on my stitches and am getting ready to 'join'.
Imagine your scarf is going to be 120 stitches wide: 80 for the motif, and then 20 blank ones on each side of it. You'll need to cast on 240 stitches for "front" and "back" of the scarf. When it's finished, you'll have a tube which will form the length of the scarf, but because of it all being worked in "knit" stitches, there's a risk of it not lying straight, so if your motif is going to be repeated down the length of the scarf, it may twist along it instead of being central throughout.
If you cast on 242 stitches instead, then knit 120 (for the back) purl 1, knit 20, work motif 80, knit 20, purl 1, and repeat the purl stitches on each round, they'll form a small ridge which will help the scarf fold in half down the length once it's finished. The purl ridges will also help you see where you are in each row.
Get back to me if I'm still confusing...I'm better at knitting than writing about it.
Schmunkee your fairy is stunning, such detail, it makes me go cross eyed.
I think I get what you are saying Kwilter, you are clever
I am determined to cast on something more challenging than a discloth and not need to rip back every few rows.
I have managed knitting in the round and as Kwilter says the key is not to twist when you join.
My completed cross stitch
And framed and turned into a firescreen
I can't get my head round cross stitch, I have tried and I'd really like to do some but it doesn't work for me.
I may be back. I have a pattern for a bolero which isn't making sense on paper. Hopefully when it's on the needles it will but I reserve the right to come back and wave a flag for help.
Hopes Kwilter appears to help TP if needed.
Wow Schmunkee, that is fantastic!
I've been given a pattern for a twisted scarf by the lady at my LYS.
I've hunted Ravelry but can't find the pattern and I'm a bit stumped as to how I will be able to finish it off.
She called it Twirly Scarf
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit 2 stitches turn and knit 2 backKnit 4 stitches turn and knit 4 backKnit 6 stitches turn and knit 6 backKnit 15 across the row
She warned me he bottom bit would look like rabbit ears but I'd sew them up. She couldn't remember how to finish it off and I can't work out how I'll be able too.
I found a similar pattern on Rav, Schmunkee, only difference being that you do the 8,6, 4 rows only once and it specifically says you just cast off and it works.
Calling Beebs, Kwilter, and TP...
I am admitting defeat and packing up my cross stitch stuff primarily due to fading eyesight, but also because I do no longer have the wall space to hang the finished articles. My mind is turning to knitting.
I can cast on, knit, purl, and cast off and I can just about make heads and tails out of a knitting pattern. My project from earlier on a circular needle has been put to one side as i am not very good with that or carrying wool across the back.
I have looked through Ravelry and, being a Dr Who geek, I have fallen in love with Amy Pond's scarf or Rose Tyler's fingerless gloves. I am pretty certain that the scarf is beyond me at the moment but I was wondering what you thought of the gloves as a project for a novice ie the cabling etc
Edited to add - it's obviously an American site. How do I know what the UK equivalents are for the brands and yarn types?
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