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Diagonal Drop Stitch Scarf*

Please note that I’ve added a real pattern for this here.

* This is less of a pattern than a very vague basic recipe you can shape however you want. There are a ton of drop stitch patterns out there that will be better explained than this as well.

I was trying to reply to my mom’s comment on the scarf pattern because I thought it’d be quick- it’s so simple after all. But my “quick” comment was starting to turn into a paragraph and I figured this would be easier. This makes a scarf that looks like a paralellogram instead of a rectangle, but it’s still a basic drop stitch scarf just knit on the bias.

The basic recipe is simple. To start, just try a basic rectangle with a few rows of garter stitch and one row of double or triple wrapped knits.* Swatch the hell out of your yarn until you find the number of rows and dropped stitches you like. For my scarf, I settled on 7 rows of garter stitch and one row of triple wrapped stitches.

* I don’t remember the technical name for this, but instead of wrapping once when you knit, you wrap the yarn around multiple times. On the next row, you knit as usual but drop the extra wraps. That’s what creates the elongated stitches for your dropped stitch pattern.

Once you’ve found what you like, cast on a stitch or two- one will give you sharper corners while two is a bit blunter. Knit that stitch in the front and back to increase and knit the second stitch if there. That’s your first row. Increase the first stitch in every row this way until you have the number of rows you want for your garter block. Then knit your wrapped row. Keep knitting like this until you have the “width” you want. You’ll notice that you’re knitting a triangle.

I laid a needle at the same angle I would have been knitting at. See the triangle below it? As you knit up the straight lines of the body of the scarf, you’ll still be holding it at an angle. I hope from this you can get an idea how to see how wide it’ll be and how sharp your diagonal end. If not, ignore this. Just remember how many repeats you did to get that angle so you can match it up when you finish.

Once you’re happy with your end, you’ll start to work the body. To do this, I increased the first stitch and decreased the last stitch on every other row. Every other row following this, just knit. For example, mine looked like this.

Rows 1,3,5,7= Kfb, k to last 2 st, k2tog

Rows 2,4,6= k to end

Row 8= wrap each k 3x

Increasing the row after my dropped stitches was strange, so instead of Kfb, I had enough give in my last dropped stitch to thumb loop it onto the needle as my extra stitch. If that doesn’t make sense, just ignore it. Knit this basic pattern until you’re happy with the length.

To end the scarf, do the same number of row or pattern repeats you did when you started, but k2tog at the beginning of every row instead. Once you get back to your 1 or 2 stitches, bind off.

I really hope this made sense. I didn’t want to just write out the pattern that I used because I think this is an easy enough concept to adapt. Unless, of course, I just confused you more. In that case, find a real pattern written by a competent person.

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Yarrrn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  I finally got in some very special yarn that I’ve been waiting on. Sari silk. I’ve never used it before, so I’ll hold off on opinions until I finish something. However, I was aware of the potential problems before I bought it and have been happy with how things have turned out. To avoid funky odors and bits of hay, I washed it as soon as I got it. There was some bleeding, and then a TON of shedding as it was rewound, but so far has been good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started swatching until I found a drop stitch that I liked, but now that I’ve got over a foot of it, I don’t think it shows off the yarn well enough. I’m going to rip and start over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve finally gotten around to taking pictures of my gorgeous Manos wool. The front skein has been chilling on my desk, acting as a very inefficient paper weight. It’s too pretty to ignore though.

I know picture sizes are always all over the place, but I’ve been trying to experiment with this new uploader. I hates it! I didn’t like the old one and the new one is even worse. Just bear with me.

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Tip of the Wave Cowl

Originally uploaded by Zylo Lugosi
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My latest FO, though technically it was done a week or so ago. I haven’t felt well here recently and haven’t been knitting. Ergo, forgot that I totally finished something. I used a skein of Louisa Harding Illusions yarn. It’s almost like ribbon yarn plied with black thread. On buying it, I figured this would be hell to frog, but this is good quality yarn. I used about a hundred crystal beads on this that were too small to slide easily, plus I had to rip a few times, but the yarn never broke. The feathery mohair didn’t even flatten out. I found it quite amazing.

This was my first time working with beads as well and I couldn’t figure out how to use them within the body of knitting. However, I did manage to use them on the cast-on and bind-off edges through lots of experimentation. No, I couldn’t just read a tutorial on it. I would have had to sit down and concentrate for more than three minutes.

The cowl is on the loose side, so I crocheted a simple gathering cord that can be woven into the lace pattern itself if it’s cold or someone wanted the tighter look. It was just a simple chain stitch with a loop of beads at either end. I couldn’t find a neck-width model to show it in action, but I think this shot on my grandmother’s lamp is kind of provocative.

First cowl, first full feather and fan pattern, first lots of stuff. Overall very happy with it.

Oh, guess what. I have another FO waiting in the ranks. More to come on that once my mom is home from vacation.

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Dude!

My Diamond Scarflette just got favorited on Ravelry. This isn’t earth shattering, but this is the first time anything of mine has been favorited. FAVORITED. Socool.

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What I Did on Summer Vacation

The older I get, the faster the years go by. It gets harder to remember the things I’ve done and accomplished. That’s one of the reasons I have this blog- to review my own progress. This summer, I really pushed myself to learn more of the intricacies of knitting. It may not sound like a lot- hell, a year ago I would have laughed. I didn’t know then that something that sounds so humdrum would become a passion. And I’m so glad it did. I’ve always been crafty and often lamented that I didn’t do it more often. With knitting, I don’t have to try. It’s just something I do every day and look forward to. I can’t wait to learn new things and tackle new ideas. I love to experiment with yarn and crazy techniques and things I’m not sure I can do yet. So that’s what I did.

 

This summer, I started compiling all the things I wanted to know about knitting. The ins and outs that would improve my technique and the pretty patterns that start popping up. I even started a little swatch catalogue when I was teaching myself different kinds of cast-ons, bind-offs, and increases/decreases. Plus, I learned basic lace techniques, started getting a feel for yarn weight and yardage, and really started swatching patterns. I’m so proud of myself. Just looking at simple things like my mom’s (way past due) birthday present that I started months ago, I can see how much I’ve grown. The body of that project is just a huge expanse of stockinette stitch, but I’ve finally managed to even out my tension so it all looks the same.

 

Knitting every day has also allowed me to finish up some projects- what a concept- thus increasing my knowledge even more. I’ve been choosing projects that either teach me something new or set in something that I haven’t mastered yet. So expect lots more on the way, including a FO in the next couple days.

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