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Old 10-13-2006, 12:18 AM   #1
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How to knit polka dots?
I'm wondering, is it possible to knit a scarf with polka dots and that both its right side and wrong side look the same? I don't want the scarf to be double-knitted as that will be too thick.

Thanks for any advice in advance~
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:49 AM   #2
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If you knit polka dots on a flat scarf, one side will show where you changed colors--it won't look smooth like the front. The only way that I know of to have both sides look the same is to knit it in the round. But then you'll have double thickness.
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Old 10-13-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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If you don't have the yarn yet you could get a lightweight yarn and use a bigger needle and do it in the round, then it won't be as hot.

I like the idea of a poka dot scaft, I just might make one too, let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 10-13-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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Sounds like double-knit is your best bet -- then (as you suggested earlier) you can have the back be the reverse (negative image) of the front. Unfortunately, if you choose a thinner yarn to compensate for the double-thickness, that'll mean more stitches to knit. (And doubly more if you do double-knit.) Ack. Could you maybe duplicate stitch or embroider dots after the fact? Or hmmm... I don't know what look you're going for, but it might be kind of funky if you made dots out of buttons -- you could have one on each side of the fabric and sew them together, if you know what I mean. (Sort of like little barbells anchored on both sides and connected in the middle -- but secured to the scarf so they wouldn't fall out, of course.) Or maybe there is a way to do that with yarn... I know I've seen instructions for making little button balls out of yarn -- using a crochet needle I think. Sorry for the babbling... just thinking as I type.
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Old 10-13-2006, 10:01 AM   #5
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Use texture instead of color? Big bobbles?
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Originally Posted by janelanespaintbrush
I don't know what look you're going for, but it might be kind of funky if you made dots out of buttons ... I know I've seen instructions for making little button balls out of yarn -- using a crochet needle I think. Sorry for the babbling... just thinking as I type.
I like those ideas.

Making flat crochet circles and then sewing them on after the fact would be a possibility too -- those are really simple to do.

Only other thing I can think of would be maybe a k1,p1 rib? I did that with some sock yarn and it came out looking somewhat close to stockinette... maybe it would work with other yarns too?
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Old 10-14-2006, 10:12 AM   #7
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Unfortunately I've already got the yarn, which is too bulky for double knitting I'm afraid. Cuz what I mean "dots" actually quite big in size, so I think big bobbles would be weird. O_O So I may be doing k1 p1 rib as knit-errant suggested. I'm gonna make a swatch after all my school work @.@ Will let you guys know how it turns out. ^^
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