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Old 12-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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My Boring Scarf
Yes, thought I'd die of boredom before I finished it. I'd never knit a scarf before so i learned a couple of things, LOL.

It'll be handy though, and I actually think that stitch makes kind of a nice look for a scarf - but I'll know next time to either use giant needles and rope, or a variegated yarn or something to add some interest to the process

Now I'm on to start another one - this time in a bulky, variegated yarn and 9mm needles (YESSSSSS!) and a pattern very kindly given to me here on the forum a couple of days ago from Tabsheltie7

A question - you'll see in my photo that one end of the scarf has a definite "bow" to it - that's my cast-on row - do you know what causes that?

I use the knit-on cast on, and my tension is generally pretty loose - in fact I'm thinking I should increase it a bit, and work on getting it more even overall. I'll try long-tail cast on this time anyway, because tabsheltie7 mentioned it was recommended for this pattern. Don't know why, being a scarf - but then, there's quite a few things I don't know... I've also noticed on here that a lot of you like the long-tail co best for most of your work. And yes, I did block the scarf.

Thanks, and Happy New Year everyone, and best wishes for 2014 to be a happy and healthy one for everybody at kh and their families
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Yeah, scarves can definitely be boring! It gets cold up there in the winter so you'll need it!

I've been up there and it's so pretty! A friend who lives there as well as other photographer friends stayed up the coast one year.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Yeah, scarves can definitely be boring! It gets cold up there in the winter so you'll need it!

I've been up there and it's so pretty! A friend who lives there as well as other photographer friends stayed up the coast one year.


Yes, photography's a popular hobby here. Where have you visited around here? I imagine Southern California is beautiful too. The farthest south I've been on the west coast is Santa Rosa, my Mom's school friend lived there and we went to visit. Went to SanFrancisco several times - wonderful!
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Yes, photography's a popular hobby here. Where have you visited around here? I imagine Southern California is beautiful too. The farthest south I've been on the west coast is Santa Rosa, my Mom's school friend lived there and we went to visit. Went to SanFrancisco several times - wonderful!
We stayed at Oyster Bay Resort and visited various places north and south. My friend lives in Nanaimo, too.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:06 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
We stayed at Oyster Bay Resort and visited various places north and south. My friend lives in Nanaimo, too.

Oh no kidding, in Nanaimo? I haven't been able to find one friend here who's a knitter! There is a lys though, so I did know I can't be the only one, LOL.

Haven't been to Oyster Bay but it's probably pretty nice there. Dh & I are determined to get to the west coast this year - been here 8 yrs and still haven't made it - want to go while it's still "storm season". Talk about a place for photography - I've got some fabulous photos my son and dil took there.
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Very pretty. What yarn did you use?
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Very pretty. What yarn did you use?

That's an old Merit Phentex yarn I've had for years. And years. Back when I thought I'd crochet a striped afghan from it - so I bought quite a few colours. I did one afghan in a baby yarn when my gdaughter was expected 15 years ago - it was my first attempt at crochet - lol if it hadn't been for dh's aunt, I'd still be working on it.

No idea why I bought more yarn and planned a 2nd afghan - by then I knew I hated crocheting - maybe I just hadn't admitted it to myself at that point.

I don't know if you get that yarn anywhere else, I just noticed it's made in Canada. It's quite similar to Beehive's Astra, but not as soft. My mil used it to make slippers. Easy to work with, so it's a good yarn for practising anything with, but not a really nice yarn imho. "Serviceable" - that's the word. ok for a scarf, and I'm trying to use it up whenever I can see an opportunity - it really defines stitch patterns well, so is good for trying those out.
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What a nice stitch pattern in a lovely blue!
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Beautiful scarf, I love the stitch pattern. As for the long tail cast on on the other pattern, I recommended it because of it's elasticity and it goes very well with the scarf. LTCO is my favorite and unless a pattern calls for something else, I usualy use it. I find the knit cast on to be too stiff for my taste. But if it's your preference, then by all means, go for it!
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The scarf is elegant: beautiful color and pattern stitch. It'll keep you warm and look wonderful at the same time.

Scarves can be a bit tedious, can't they? I think you need a rich interior life to knit one.


(I'm not sure what's causing the slight bow at the cast on. It won't even be noticeable when worn. The only thing I can think might help is to cast on 1-2 fewer sts and increase on the first row or cast on with a smaller size needle and immediately change to the working size.)
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