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auburnchick
01-28-2009, 06:52 PM
Another finished project!! I’m so excited!

The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Chunky. The colorway is "Marvelous." So fitting!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3311/3205347358_d963ec2583.jpg

The yarn is so soft that I was coaxed away from the socks I have on my needles.

The pattern is My So Called Scarf. You can find the Ravelry pattern link here (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-so-called-scarf), and the regular internet link here (http://www.sheepinthecity.prettyposies.com/archives/000079.html).

Did you know that patterns on Ravelry have a comments tab? I have found it very helpful to check out the comments before starting a project. Included in this pattern’s comments was this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qenzg_-uAl0) link to a video that demonstrated the strangely-worded stitch instructions.

Armed with the additional information, I cast on.

I began this project on the 20th of January and “officially” finished it this morning, the 28th. In reality, the pattern was so simple that it shouldn’t have taken so long to complete; however, my life has been hectic, leaving little time to work on it.

I used both skeins I had purchased. The scarf measures 54″ x 4 1/2″. Not too long, I know, but it’s perfect for my height, which is, to be politically-correct, “petite.”

Here are the results…

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3370/3234291611_78bfe86960.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3414/3234291349_96f0e5b884.jpg


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3480/3235143338_950f9c25c8.jpg

The next picture shows a good comparison of the wrong side (the left) and the right side (on the right)…

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/3235141992_481926c547.jpg

The next picture is a close-up of the stitch pattern. As you can see, it really does showcase the yarn.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3337/3235142158_68d24c43f0.jpg

One special note: if you make this scarf, make sure you check out the bind-off suggestion on the comments tab on Ravelry. This scarf has a reputation for having a flared bind-off edge. Of course, I had to learn the hard way and bound off the usual way…purling since I was on the wrong side. The result was hideous. So, I frogged that last row and followed the suggestion…to p2tog, p2tog, and then bring the first stitch over the second one (the one closest to the tip of the needle). From there, you just p2tog and bring that first stitch over each time, as in a regular bind off.

Voila. I had a straight edge.
Thanks for looking!! :muah:

evona
01-28-2009, 07:01 PM
Wow! I love it. Those colors are so nice.

AngieLanigan
01-28-2009, 07:53 PM
That is seriously one of the loviest scarves I've ever seen! It's gorgeous, and the yarn is so beautiful!

linknit41
01-28-2009, 07:54 PM
Lovely, can almost feel its softness, beautiful colors and an interesting stitch. linknit41

WandaT
01-28-2009, 08:36 PM
LOVE it!!! Love that yarn AND pattern! It turned out gorgeous!

margz3
01-28-2009, 08:39 PM
Very pretty Nathalie - love the colorway! And thanks for the tips - I have this in my queue and your tips will come in very handy!! :)

hwn222
01-28-2009, 09:10 PM
LOVE those colors and the stitch is just perfect for the yarn. NICE!

catwitch
01-29-2009, 12:03 AM
What a lovely scarf. How did you keep the sides so neat and straight?

lelvsdgs
01-29-2009, 12:18 AM
Well, another project to add to my queue. And thanks for those tips, the pattern seemed odd and that has kept me from attempting this.

That yarn you chose is just beautiful!

auburnchick
01-29-2009, 12:30 AM
What a lovely scarf. How did you keep the sides so neat and straight?

Hmmm...I really didn't do anything special. I'm sure it's just the pattern that keeps the edges straight.

Thanks for the very kind words, all. This is an amazing scarf. I love, love, love it. :heart: Your generous compliments make it even better.

:hug:

cmk
01-29-2009, 03:43 AM
Your scarf turned out great and I also like the colors in the yarn. Thanks for the tip about the bind off! Mine flared out.

sue in canada
01-29-2009, 09:27 AM
That looks fantastic. I know that yarn is so soft, it must feel wonderful to wear.

dustinac
01-29-2009, 09:49 AM
:inlove: very pretty! I love their yarns they are all sooo soft!!

Jaxhil
01-29-2009, 09:58 AM
That is really beautiful!! And thanks for the tips :)

shelluie
01-29-2009, 11:55 AM
Love it! The colors are great and the stitches are really cool!

ladyjessica
01-29-2009, 12:09 PM
Oh, that's just so pretty. I love it! I bought a book not too long ago just to get this same pattern. I wish I had looked more online for it. :cry: Ah well. Thanks for the other links, too. I looked at the pattern when I got the book and it didn't make much sense to me, so hopefully now it will.

Great job! :cheering:

mks22300
01-29-2009, 12:36 PM
Very pretty!

auburnchick
01-29-2009, 01:11 PM
You know...last night I was looking through my knit & purl stitch dictionary, and I saw the herringbone stitch. I believe it's the same one. It never made sense before, but it totally does now.

Wanda Witch
01-29-2009, 01:27 PM
Thanks AuburnChick for the helpful tip on binding off. I have made two scarves in this pattern and was not happy at all with the look of the b/o. I just might try and redo them. It is a great pattern, making a throw pillow now (center part) out of super-bulky yarn in the pattern also. Your scarf is beautiful and love your selection of yarn.

KnittingNat
01-29-2009, 01:59 PM
It's so pretty :inlove:

sgtpam
01-29-2009, 02:45 PM
What type of material is the yarn? How much yarn is 2 skeins? Would a verigated Homespun be a good substitute?

fluffybunny
01-29-2009, 05:11 PM
What an interesting stitch. Does it wind up being thick? Looking for something thick to make a "tween season" jacket out of and that looks like just the stitch to do it.
Donna

Dimpledapple
01-29-2009, 05:32 PM
The scarf looks absolutely warm and cozy cloud9 Love the stitch pattern, too!!

auburnchick
01-29-2009, 06:11 PM
What an interesting stitch. Does it wind up being thick? Looking for something thick to make a "tween season" jacket out of and that looks like just the stitch to do it.
Donna

Yes, it is thick. That was one of the things I was looking for in a pattern and why I started over so many times.

auburnchick
01-29-2009, 06:15 PM
What type of material is the yarn? How much yarn is 2 skeins? Would a verigated Homespun be a good substitute?

It's baby alpaca. Each skein is 218 yards.

I think a variegated yarn would be lovely. That's basically what this was, since it didn't stripe.

Go for it! The stitch pattern is really, really great for showing off short stretches of color.

MerigoldinWA
01-29-2009, 07:46 PM
Lovely scarf. I wonder what keeps it lying so nice and flat? From looking at the the two sides it looks predominately st st. Thanks for the tip about preventing the flaring. I bet that would be useful on other scarves too. Nice pictures as well.

silybluestar
02-11-2009, 03:45 PM
I clicked on the link posted for the video but I could hardly tell what was going on. Here is a better link for anyone who is interested.

It's in spanish, but knitting is always in the same language ^_^

How to knit "My so called scarf" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdMZritjwr4&feature=related)

lulubell
02-11-2009, 09:06 PM
Both sides look good. I love the colours in the yarn.