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Old 07-02-2009, 10:46 AM   #1
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FO: Another NORO scarf done!
PATTERN: "Handspun Scarf"...a free pattern by Monica Gomi!
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YARN: Noro Silk Garden LITE color 2034
YARDS: 272 yds (about 2 skeins)

I made this scarf to pair with the yellow Cassidy cardigan, but it will be good with black sweaters, and a new grey cardigan I'm knitting for Fall.

The black sections don't dominate the scarf. The camera saw BLACKS!

I strrrrrretched out this scarf during blocking to its fullllllest width possible!
I wanted the end result to be as lacy as possible!

Yarn Notes:
I highly recommend NORO Silk Garden "Lite" for scarves. It's very soft and pleasing even before the wash/rinse/block process. Not itchy at all! The handwash and rinse made it even softer! Not "cashmere soft'...but soft enough for me!

Modification Notes:
I didn’t follow the pattern this time by working the the ‘twisted rib’ on the borders as described below:
The first 5 and last 5 stitches of each row are worked with ‘twisted rib’…that is to say, the knits and purls of the rib are worked through the back loop. Well, I should state that the very end stitches are worked as plain knits on both side, creating an ‘edge stitch, but the next 4 stitches are twisted rib.
Here is my modification: I worked those 4 ribs as normal ribs on the RS, and then on the WS, I just purled all the way across except for the edge stitches, of course. This creates what is called a ‘faux rib’. It looks great!
Why did I make this modification? Well, because Silk Garden is 'catchy'. As I was knitting the red one using regular Silk Garden, I noticed that I was getting huge out-of-shape knit stitches on the twisted rib ‘knits’ on the RS. I think because of the way the stitich is worked, the Silk Garden loaded up BIG. Then on the row above the HUGE rib knit stitch, the rib knit stitch would be real tiny. This drives me batty.

So I bagged the 'twisted rib' for Handspun Scarf #2.
I like it really better actually! And the knitting is going faster, too! Faux rib and twisted rib are nice as borders cuz they don’t ‘accordion’ together like normal ribbing.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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Wow! This is one stunning scarf!! The earth tones are sooooo pretty and work beautifully with the pattern! Love your adjustments!
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Oh, my goodness! The scarf is just beautiful! I think I'm going to add that pattern to my queue. The colorway you chose is beautiful, too.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:04 PM   #4
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Another gorgeous one. I think you also have me sold on the blocking wires. I really like how smooth the edges are. It takes forever to do that with pins.
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Old 07-02-2009, 09:40 PM   #5
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That's lovely!
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:07 AM   #6
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love it! the pattern works so well with the colors!
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:53 PM   #7
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Beautiful scarf, and it does go well with the cardigan. I've had so many bad experiences with Noro being itchy, but I haven't tried the Silk Garden. Guess I'll have to.
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Your work is always so gorgeous! I envy the variety of things you can knit. You inspire me to continue working on improving my knitting!
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