Wednesday, October 12, 2005

That's one gorgeous scarf!

I decided I needed to finish this scarf...especially if I wanted to make another for myself;)
So I knit away...while doing laundry and neatening the house...knit, knit, knit. Then came the grafting. Now, I have grafted together many a toe...and no problem. Usually I need to recite the "front purl, back purl off, back knit..." as I go. But I decided that I just need to look at the fabric and create the stitches.
First, a life line...and I took it right off the needles. Laying it out if front of me...away I went.



I had a little trouble from knit to purl stitch then back to knit stitches, but it worked out fine. No reading the book step by step, just thinking about the stitches. This is how I weave in my ends...it helps when it comes to grafting. You are basically doing the same thing.
Here it is before blocking. (I know the pattern says to block the pieces then join, but I couldn't understand that...I wanted the grafted part blocked as well.)



Here are the grafted stitches after blocking.



And the finished scarf...



Started: September 22, 2005
Finished: October 11, 2005
Pattern: Vogue Knitting spring/summer 2005 Lace leaf pattern scarf
yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in pale blue 3 balls
Adjustments: I used US#4 needles producing a gauge of about 26 sts in 4" st st. I liked a tight stitch for the pattern. I did 13 pattern repeats for each side. I still had a little left over yarn, but I don't think I would have got 14 repeats for each side with 3 balls...it would have been really close. The blocked scarf measure about 65" long and 7" wide. The yarn is gorgeous...it does spring back even after blocking, so I really did a good blocking with this in mind.
I love it, love it, love it. I must make one for myself...not now, I am all leafed out...

Thank you Kathy for the inspiration...you know I flat out copied the scarf in the same yarn...but it is a different colour! I can totally see me doing this to a couple projects now.

Another christmas gift down!

Let me also say I went to fat class this morning...aka weight watchers...I am now down 12 lbs! My quest against knitters arse is a success.

19 comments:

grumperina said...

It's fabulous! Looks just like mine, hehe. Great job with the blocking, I hope you enjoy wearing it!

Laura said...

Yay! Congratulations on a beautiful scarf and a successful weigh-in! :)

May I ask for a little sock advice? I thought my short row heels looked pretty good until I saw the ones that Alison made for her sockapal2za pal. Mine have little gaps where I reincorporate the sts into the heel (or toe). How does one get them to be so tight and smooth-looking? Thanks!

Diana said...

The scarf turned out gorgeous - check out that drape!

haha, I love your quest against knitters arse :-)

Purly Whites said...

I LOVE this scarf. You did a fabulous job. So congratulations on the lovely scarf, another gift done, and 12 pounds! That is impressive.

eastern white said...

wow. gorgeous scarf!!!

Stephanie said...

That scarf is fabulous! I love how it turned out. The grafting is perfect. WooHoo on the fight against knitter's arse - I'm with you on that one.

winnie said...

oh it's purdy. thanks for letting us know how you grafted the knit and purl sts

Ashley said...

WOW! Now that is some grafting. You're my hero!

Stephanie said...

pretty!

marirob said...

You're right - that is one gorgeous scarf! It's amazing that you're going to give is as a gift. I would keep it for myself!! tee hee! And I weave it my ends that way too and I never made the connection with grafting. Thanks for that tip!

the countrygirl said...

Oh your scarf is fabulous! Such a lucky person to open that on Christmas morning! Yum!

christine said...

OMG - what a great scarf!! This is what I have been dreaming of - in green. NO kidding......I may have to copy.........

goodkarma said...

The scarf is just gorgeous! I love it. I'm tempted to make one for myself. Congrats on the WW progress! You rock!

Colleen said...

It looks great. I think it will be the perfect thing once the cold weather arrives.

Wool Winder said...

Beautiful! I think you were right to graft before blocking. I can't tell that the scarf was ever two pieces. Great job.

Heather said...

This scarf is definitely on my short list. It came out great! And good job with the joining.

diana said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous scarf!

Teresa C said...

Gorgeous scarf! Your knitting tension is so even. I envy that.

gray la gran said...

your's looks soooo much nicer than the one in VK. i think they used a whimpy yarn, though 'luxury' (silk), ... it looks so much better in a yarn that has memory and body! seeing yours makes me want to knit one too, but i just cast on the 'backyard leaves' scarf (stash buster).