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Old 01-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #1
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Scarf Pattern Border Question
As something of a video game enthusiast, I'm a fan of the Final Fantasy series of games. Within many of these games, there is a job-class known as White-Mage, which typically wears a white cloak with red triangles along the boarder. Here's an example: click.

I was wondering if it was at all possible to do something like that, but use the pattern in a scarf. Here's an example of what I mean: click -- The biggest difference is that I would like to try to do the red triangles along both sides of the scarf, somewhat like a border.

I've tried to do this on my own twice now and each time, it either looks like a jumbled mess or a weird-looking line running through the otherwise solid color. Here's an example of what I mean: click -- I had to stop because I accidentally cut the yarn too soon.

I'm really at a loss and getting slightly frustrated because it doesn't seem like it is that difficult to actually do. :/ Any help or advice would just be wonderful and immensely appreciated.

For what it's worth, I'm using Wool-Ease yarn, with size 11 needles.

Thanks, again!
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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I think your best bet with this type of pattern is to work intarsia style. You'll have one strand of yarn for each section. A lot of ends later, but the work will be neater.

You could cast on with the red and then work X red, 1 white, Xred, 1 white all the way across. You'd work each section with it's own strand, making sure to twist the yarns when you switch colors. An easy way to do this is to hold the yarn your dropping over to the left and bring the new color up from under. Do this on each row and they will twist and avoid gaps.

On the next row you'd work 2 less red and 2 more white and continue that way until you have all white.

Check out the video on working intarsia for a visual.

I hope this makes sense--on my way to bed--not feeling too sharp.
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Here's something similar that is knitted in stockinette st. I think your idea of knitting this in garter st is better for a scarf because it won't curl the way the stockinette does. Take a look at the videos on the Free Videos tab at the top of the page, Advanced Techniques, Intarsia to see how to change colors on the back of the scarf. It might also help to draw this out on graph paper (real or virtual) to get the shape just the way you want it.
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Thank you both for the wonderful help! I will definitely look into the videos that were mentioned, and will try to draw out the pattern that I want on some graph paper to try to make things easier for me.

And, Ingrid, your response definitely made sense to me! It never occurred to me to cast on red first, but after reading what you said, I can see why it would make sense to do that.

Thanks, again, you two. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. I apologize for not saying anything right away - an unexpected project fell in my lap and things have been somewhat hectic for the last few days.
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