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Old 04-28-2006, 05:13 PM   #1
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Branching Out KAL
I thought for sure I'd find a Branching Out scarf knit-along here, but I didn't, so I'd like to start one. Okay, I've got a head start, but I'm making enough mistakes, so I know others will catch up quickly! Or maybe some people have already started theirs, and want to talk about it and/or show pictures of their progress.

I'm using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (gold color), and have about 9 inches done.

I have Nicky Epstein's book "Knitting on the Edge," and have decided to try knitting on the leaf fringe from it when I'm finished. I think the hanging leaves will fit right it. I don't know if I'll make the leaves all gold, too, or make a few green for interest. I'd have to buy more yarn for just those few leaves, so I probably won't. I'm trying to use up the yarn I have.

Anybody else want to join in?
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Old 04-28-2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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:D Oh, yeah, I loved knitting my Branching Out..I've got to knit socks to match it I would love to knit another one, but I'm knitting gifts now...I may have to squeeze one in
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:05 AM   #3
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I just completed knitting that scarf two days ago and it came out beautiful!! I used mint green Baby Alpaca and its as soft as whipped cream.

I went back to my LYS to buy the same yarn in blue but she didn't have that color. So I chose something else in blue. Its called "Dream" and is 13% Angora with other fibers. I just cast on last night to knit one for my mother for Mother's Day.

The leaf pattern comes out beautifully. I'm SO glad I found this pattern on line a few days ago. :D

I'm a new knitter so I did have a few problems knitting the first scarf following my place on the paper for which stitch I was to do next. So I am now using one of those magnetic boards on the paper. That REALLY helps me keep track and I did not lose my place after using that.

So I'll KAL with you on my second scarf! :XX: :XX:

It really is a beautiful scarf. :XX: :XX: :XX:
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Old 04-29-2006, 05:12 AM   #4
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I just did a Branching Out about two weeks ago and I really liked the way it turned out! I used S. Charles Ritratto because that's what my grandma gave me and it was for her. I used less than a skein.

I'd like to incorporate the pattern into a matching purse for her, but we'll see.
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:21 AM   #5
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Yay, more branching out fans!

The scarf is 17 inches long now (about 10 repeats) and counting. I was knitting a lot on the go yesterday, and made a few mistakes, but it didn't take long to recover.

Both yarns mentioned sound luscious. I love knitting with baby alpaca . The Ritrotto looks like a pretty yarn, Carol. I'll bet your grandmother loves it.

Back to the leaves... :XX:
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Old 04-29-2006, 06:32 PM   #6
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I never would have picked out Ritratto, but I was pleased that it blocked well. Gma doesn't have it yet. I haven't taken a really decent picture of it yet, but here are a couple.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:11 PM   #7
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Beautiful!!
That looks just beautiful!! I really think this is one of the prettiest patterns I've seen. I enjoy it so much.

I'm still working on the blue one. :XX: :XX: :XX: I lost my place a few times and had to begin again...even tho I am using the magnetic board to keep my place. :( I guess I can't watch to much tv when I'm trying to follow a pattern like this one. lol
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:D Gorgeous
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Question:
A good friend of mine gave me a skein of Cashmeere lace weight yarn. It is the thinnest yarn I have ever seen. And soooo soft!
Is it possible to knit the Branching out with that thin yarn?
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Carol, that's pretty!

Virtuella, I don't see why you couldn't make it in laceweight. Why don't you make a little swatch of a repeat or two, bind it off and block it, and see how you like it?

Here is a picture of the end of mine with a leaf from Nicky Epstein's book, Knitting on the Edge, with two fewer rows than specifed in the leaf fringe pattern. I was thinking of putting three on each end. What do you think? Would it look better without the leaves, or maybe with smaller leaves?

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