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DIY Missoni Infinity Scarf

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Fall is my favorite time of year. To me, it means pumpkin lattes, boots….and scarves! Over the years I’ve amassed a small scarf collection and I look forward to bringing them out of hibernation as soon as there is a slight chill in the air. Here’s the weird thing—I’ve never sewn a scarf. I’ve only knit them.

So, remember how I had a major craft-fail with my first Jalie scarf-collar top? I was crushed since the fabric I had used was this luscious, faux-Missoni knit that I bought at Fabric Place Basement outside Boston.  Well, I was able to salvage some of the fabric to make this infinity scarf. Score!

Infinity scarves are so easy to make too.  And, it’s the perfect sewing project to use up any of the fabric scraps you have in your stash. Be sure to use a fabric that is thin, but has decent body to it.  If you want more of a cowl look, just make the panel wider.

Instructions

  1. Cut out a long length of fabric. For my scarf, I cut out a panel 14” wide x 64” long.
  2. Fold the panel in half length-wise, with right sides together. Pin and then sew the seam.
  3. Turn the scarf so it’s right side out. Hand-stitch the ends together.

That’s it!

So, you could spend over $200 on this real Missoni infinity scarf.

Or you could pick up a chevron print—there are a bunch at Fabric.com for $8/yard—and sew your own custom-made scarf.

No brainer!

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On the Needles: Herringbone Scarf

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday!

So, as usual, I’m behind on a crafted holiday gift. (It’s not my fault!) My husband asked if I could knit him a scarf, and being both a loved one and having begged asked nicely, two big requirements for a hand-knitted gift, how could I not do it? Yeah… Problem was that the request came in mid-November and I am not a fast knitter by any means. Had I thought of it on my own, I probably would have started it in September in order to make the Christmas deadline. Oy.

This is the third scarf I’ve knitted so far for my husband. The first one you may remember me mentioning in the Boyfriend Sweater Curse post. For that one, I used an OK yarn (100% acrylic) and it’s a little wimpy. The second scarf is really nice and chunky and perfect for very cold, wintry days. My husband calls it The Hoth Scarf. Maybe if Luke Skywalker had The Hoth Scarf, he wouldn’t have been so cold!

But like Goldilocks, sometimes you need something that’s just right.

Enter what I am calling, The Purple Pie Man Scarf. Where the other two scarves were knitted in neutral colors, this scarf is in an almost electric purple yarn. Honestly though, I’m not sure if this is even bright enough for him. If I could find a fluorescent-like purple in a nice yarn, that would have been ideal.

The yarn I chose to use is really heavenly merino wool, cashmere and nylon blend by Anzula in For Better or Worsted (could there be a more perfect name?). It knits up beautifully and holds fantastic stitch definition. Oh, and it doesn’t smell at all like the Purple Pie Man doll! Did anyone else have the Strawberry Shortcake board game from the early ’80s?

For the pattern, I’m using a free pattern on the Purl Bee’s site–the Men’s Mini Herringbone Scarf. I saw this last year and immediately pinned it on Pinterest for a later project. My husband wanted “just a regular scarf.” Oh yeah right–there was no way that was going to happen. Stockinette stitches are for sweaters. I love to knit new stitches on scarves. The herringbone stitch is an easy stitch, but it keeps your attention. It’s also a good project to knit when you’re watching a movie on TV you’ve already seen before (Clue, Practical Magic, White Christmas).

Now I just need to queue up more movies on Netflix and finish knitting it before winter is over! Hmmm, haven’t watched The Empire Strikes Back in a while…

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Completed Project: The Clapotis Wrap

Woo-hoo! I finally finished Kate Gilbert’s Clapotis pattern in Knitty! Yes, I started the project in March, but I had put it aside this summer to sew.

I was concerned that now that it’s cooler outside that the wrap wouldn’t be warm enough, but with the Noro Silk Garden yarn, it’s very cozy. Also, since the width of the wrap is pretty substantial, when you wear it as a scarf, it can almost be too warm. I’ll have to let you know when the temperatures dip below 30 degrees, though. I’m sure I’ll be thankful for its warmth! 

Overall I’m very happy with the result. The Noro Silk Garden yarn was a little difficult to work with when dropping stitches, but other than that, no complaints.

I’ll be adding this to my winter scarf wardrobe.

So far for 2012, the completed knitting project tally is 1 sweater, 1 scarf/wrap, 1 pair of gloves and 3 hats. I think that’s pretty darn excellent, if I don’t say so myself.

I have already cast on stitches for my next project. All I can say now, is that song in my head when I’m knitting it is from an 80’s commercial. “So say goodbye a little longer…Make it last a little longer…Give your breath long-lasting freshness with Big Red!”

 

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On the Needles: Clapotis Scarf

Along with practically every knitter in the known knitterverse, I’ve jumped on the Clapotis (pronounced “clap-o-tee”) bandwagon. This wildly popular free scarf/pattern was originally published on Knitty in Fall 2004 and it’s still going strong nearly 8 years later. Some fun stats:

  • Google “Knitty Clapotis” and it comes up in 366,000 search results
  • The Craftster knitalong of the Clapotis has 178 pages
  • On Ravelry, 15,388 users have completed the scarf, 1,975 are currently knitting it and there are 2,252 blog posts devoted to the topic

So why is this pattern so darn popular? For one, it’s gorgeous. For another, it’s a pretty straightforward pattern. The recommended yarn is multicolored wool/silk blend from Lorna’s Laces, however the skeins are pricey at $32-$40/skein (pattern calls for 4 skeins). But, many knitters have found other yarns at a lower price that are just as nice, like Noro Silk Garden (which I’m using) or Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

I originally printed out the pattern in late 2006 and added it to my pile of future knitting projects. Finally this March I bought the yarn and started to knit. Woo-hoo! I got a little tripped up on a couple of knitting terms though, but now that I’m halfway through the pattern, I’m pretty comfortable.  Here’s my little tutorial so you don’t have to look them up.

K tbl (Knit through back of loop)

This stitch is used before and after each knit stitch that will eventually be dropped to create the lace effect of the scarf. It twists the stitches so that the scarf keeps its body. Instead of knitting into the stitch through the front loop as you usually would (see picture above left), you insert the needle into the back of the loop instead (see picture above right).

Kfb (Knit into front and back of stitch)

This term comes up a lot in the pattern. It also appears in the beginning of the pattern as “Pfb,” or purl into front and back of stitch.  Both stitches are used as an increase method.

  1. Knit into the stitch
  2. Before lifting the knitted stitch off the needle, insert needle into the back of the original stitch and knit that as well — just like k tbl.

Now you have increased by one stitch. For Pfb, use the same technique, except purl instead of knit.

Yarn Choice

As far as the yarn I’m using, Noro Silk Garden 320, it’s OK. There’s a lot of very dark sections and for some reason I thought the color would be more pastel-colored. The transition from light to dark is pretty drastic, but that could be because the pattern is so wide. I’m sure it will look fine to wear in the fall though.

Also, dropping stitches with this yarn is difficult. The mohair in the yarn makes the stitches “stick” and I have to pull the yarn a lot to get the stitch to drop to the bottom of the wrap. It’s a little irritating, to say the least. If I were to knit pattern again, I’d probably choose a silky blend without any mohair. Kind of missed that little detail!

All in all though, it’s a fun pattern. Using the multicolored yarn makes the pattern look interesting while I’m knitting and I’m finding that it knits up pretty quickly. I’m now in the middle of the pattern in the dreaded “straight rows” section.  Six more repeats to go and I’ll be onto the decrease section. Yay! Maybe I’ll complete this in the next couple weeks…before I get distracted with another knitting project!

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Super Bowl Scarves for Volunteers

I wish I had had heard of this sooner: for the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, there was a Super Scarves program where knitters and crocheters made scarves for the volunteers and hospitality employees working at the big game. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it – it looks like it will be a cold night.  The current forecast for Super Bowl Sunday is expected to be in the 30’s. And although Lucas Oil Stadium is indoors, volunteers will likely welcome the wooly protection as they are going to and fro the facility. The scarves were due at the end of November, but crafters from all over the country (and the world!) donated scarves. Initially the program was looking for 8,000 scarves, but they received more than 13,000. Continue reading

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Reversible cable scarf from Vogue Knitting

So here’s my first knitting post! I just started working on this scarf a couple of weeks ago. I tabbed the pattern for a reversible cable scarf last year in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2010/2011 issue, but it is also available as a download here.

I’m such a sucker for cables – it keeps things interesting – and this one caught my eye since it’s a pretty wide and long scarf. The knitted measurements are about 13” w x 65” h. I’ve knitted about 20” so far – yay! I’m a big fan of cables and this has a right cable and left cable on either side of a large double cable. In between each cable the scarf is knit in a seed stitch. It’s like a scarf sampler!

Since it’s a scarf, I don’t really pay attention to the yarn recommendations and just use what feels nice and has a beautiful color. When I started knitting scarves I’d use really nice 100% wool, but after I put all that work into it, the scarf would feel too scratchy against my skin. Now I just use a soft acrylic or blend. So for this project, I’m using 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda 0014. The color is this beautiful blue/teal color. I had been in Michael’s a number of months ago and cruised the yarn aisle and came across this yarn. Also, since I knew it would be a while before I used it, picking up a yarn without a dye-lot was probably a smart choice in case I need to go back and buy or order more skeins.

So I’m about a third of the way through…About 15 rows back I realized I really messed up one of the cables. If you look at the pictures, you can see one of the cables looks loosely wavy in one area. I was too far ahead to go back and redo it. Oh well. I figure the scarf will be so long, it will be hardly noticeable. I’ll always know it’s there though. Doh!!

 

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