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Old 03-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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Leaf Pattern Scarf Question
I am currently working on this Classic Seed and Leaf Scarf...
http://www.greatballsofyarn.com/free...c-seedleaf.pdf

Due to the nature of the pattern, the leaf pattern will fall up one side and down the other.

I came across this other pattern which suggests making two identical halves and seaming them with a grafted/woven seam or a three-needle bind-off.
http://www.kidsknits.com/free/cherryleaf.htm

Could I do the same thing with the pattern I am working on? If so, what row of the leaf pattern should I end on? Do you recommend a particular seaming method?
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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Yes you can do that, I think you would need to have finished a RS pattern row on both halves so when you graft them together it would be like doing a WS plain row for the joining. You would want to do a kitchener graft rather than a 3 needle BO. There's a video for it on the Tips page under Finishing.
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Sure, you could do that. You have row 8 after the last set of yo's and before the next set and that would be an easy row to join. Grafting (Kitchener st) would give you the most seamless join or for ease of execution, you could do 3 needle bind off. It's a lovely scarf whichever way you choose to go.
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Thanks for answering my question.

So, when I finish one half, I will leave the stitches "live" on the needle? However, since I only have one pair of the needle size I am using (size 8), can I transfer the live stitches on another needle until I am ready to seam them together? Do you recommend putting them on a bigger or smaller needle?

Also, when I seam them together, I will have 2 tails. I know that I can use one of them as the seaming yarn. What do I do with the other one?

Sorry for so many questions which may seem self-explanatory to you. I am a fairly new knitter, and I don't know anyone else who knits. So, this forum is the only place I can get all my questions answered.
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You could put the sts on another needle, (smaller is better) but you can also just put them on some spare yarn until you're ready to join the two pieces. The extra tail can just be woven into the seam or the seed st edging the way you would weave in any end.
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I love symetry, I therefore like the idea you have. Do it that way: 2 identical halfs, joined.

kitchener is the invisible method, no doubt. And I love it. But practice on a sample first, since it may be a pain to correct mistakes when joining lace. just knit 2 little pieces of a few stitches and rows over and up, then join them (they have to have the same amount of stitches to make that work).

For leaving your stitches:

a spare needle will do the trick. Smaller than your working needle, please.
And a piece of yarn (not so fuzzy, if you can) holds them well, too. Just thread them on, a grafting needle or crochet hook make that easy. Then tie that yarn in a slip knot with both ends, to secure your stitches.
Before joining: move them back to one of the needles.
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Thanks everyone for your helpful tips and advice!
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