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23/08/2011 at 19:51

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 tube
2) 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)

23/08/2011 at 20:46
I couldn't come to grips with knitting a motif with a circular needle (or 4 needles in my case) and it wasn't for the want of trying or downloading youtube stuff or crying with frustration!  I'd go for option 2 and sew on some pretty backing fabric as a sort of lining but I always take the wussy way out.
23/08/2011 at 22:22

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

24/08/2011 at 08:15

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.

24/08/2011 at 13:56

Hi Kwilter

Kwilter with a K wrote (see)

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.

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'.

Edited: 24/08/2011 at 13:57
24/08/2011 at 16:44


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.

24/08/2011 at 17:32

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. 

24/08/2011 at 22:23
Kwilts - I get it .  It's those little hints and tips that make life so much easier.  Thank you
13/01/2012 at 22:14

My completed cross stitch


And framed and turned into a firescreen



14/01/2012 at 12:07
Clever Schmukee
14/01/2012 at 12:18

Beautiful Schmunkee

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.

14/01/2012 at 12:19

Hopes Kwilter appears to help TP if needed.

14/01/2012 at 12:25
I won't be starting it until tomorrow at the earliest.  I have another cowl scarf to finish first.
14/01/2012 at 17:23

Wow Schmunkee, that is fantastic!

24/01/2012 at 10:33
Lidl has sock yarn in stock and some soft cotton and pompom yarn, the sock yarn is a cotton,superwash wool and polmaide mix. I've bought some to make a baby blanket. 4 50g balls for £4.99 apparently enough for 2 pairs of socks.
25/02/2012 at 15:11

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 back
Knit 4 stitches turn and knit 4 back
Knit 6 stitches turn and knit 6 back
Knit 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. 


Thank you 

25/02/2012 at 18:26
25/02/2012 at 20:03
I did something similar with a bit of handspun, I just cast off at the end and left them. Maybe you could stitch the rabbit ears together.
26/02/2012 at 11:30

Thanks both.

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. 

27/02/2012 at 18:01

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?

Edited: 27/02/2012 at 18:06
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