Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vertical Drop-Stitch Scarf

Vertical Drop-Stitch Scarf
As a much younger woman, I was obsessed with scarves. I made them, I bought them, and I received them as thoughtful gifts. Then I had kids, and all of my beautiful scarves became glorified teething rings and/or nooses (and I discovered the cowl). Nevertheless, when I found this yarn, I knew it was time to design my first-ever scarf, this Vertical Drop-Stitch number. As an added bonus, it even has an I-cord edging, so it's as polished as it is pretty.

Yarn: Berroco Weekend DK (75% Acrylic, 25% Peruvian Cotton; 268 yards [247 meters]/100 grams); #2924 Rhubarb - one skein

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Needles: Size 6 straight needles

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches

Okie-dokie-o, let's get started! As I've mentioned, we will be working this scarf with I-cord edgings, and as you can probably tell from the pictures, we will be tapering the ends for the prettiness factor. So, before we get to the main pattern, we will cast on 8 stitches and then work the following set-up rows. Your I-cord edgings will consist of 3 stitches on either edge of the piece, and if you want a tutorial about the process, please go here. Basically, we will be slipping these stitches on the right sides and purling them on the wrongs; that's really all you need to do to create what looks like an I-cord. Anyway, did you get those 8 stitches cast on? Good, then let's continue like so:

Set-up Row 1 (wrong side): p3, k2, p3

Set-up Row 2: slip 3 wyib (with yarn in back), m1r, p2, m1l, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 3: p4, k2, p4

Set-up Row 4: slip 3 wyib, k1, m1r, p2, m1l, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 5: p4, k4, p4

Set-up Row 6: slip 3 wyib, k1, p1, m1r, p2, m1l, p1, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 7: p4, k6, p4

Set-up Row 8: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, m1r, p2, m1l, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 9: p4, (k2, p1) twice, k2, p4

Set-up Row 10: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k1, m1r, p2, m1l, k1, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 11: p4, (k2, p2) twice, k2, p4

Set-up Row 12: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, m1r, p2, m1l, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 13: p4, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p4

Set-up Row 14: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p1, m1r, p2, m1l, p1, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 15: p4, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p4

Set-up Row 16: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p2, m1r, p2, m1l, p2, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 17: p4, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2, p4

Set-up Row 18: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, m1r, p2, m1l, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Set-up Row 19: p4, k2, (p2, k2) four times, p4

Set-up Row 20: slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k2) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

And once these 20 rows are complete, it's time for our main pattern, which is Vertical Drop Stitch from page 219 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. We'll work it into our piece like so:

Rows 1, 3, & 5 (wrong side): p4, (k2, p2, k2, p3) twice, k2, p4

Rows 2 & 4: slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k3, p2, k2) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Row 6: slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k1, drop next stitch off needle and unravel down to yo 6 rows below, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Rows 7, 9, & 11 (wrong side): p4, (k2, p3, k2, p2) twice, k2, p4

Rows 8 & 10: slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k2, p2, k3) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Row 12: slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, drop next stitch off needle and unravel down to yo 6 rows below, k1) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

Knit rows 1 - 12 until piece measures roughly 46" (or you're about 1.5" from desired finished length) and you've just finished row 11 of the pattern. Now it's time to finish the sucker, with the following rows:

End Row 1 (right side): slip 3 wyib, k1, (p2, k2, p2, k1, drop next stitch off needle and unravel down to yo 6 rows below, k1) twice, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 2: p4, k2, (p2, k2) four times, p4

End Row 3: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p2, ssk, p2, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 4: p4, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2, p4

End Row 5: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p1, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 6: p4, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p4

End Row 7: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k2, p2tog, p2, p2tog, k2, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 8: p4, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p4

End Row 9: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, k1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, k1, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 10: p4, k2, p1, k4, p1, k2, p4

End Row 11: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p2, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 12: p4, k8, p4

End Row 13: slip 3 wyib, k1, p1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, p1, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 14: p4, k6, p4

End Row 15: slip 3 wyib, k1, p2tog, p2, p2tog, k1, slip 3 wyib

End Row 16: p4, k4, p4

End Row 17: slip 3 wyib, p2tog, p2, p2tog, slip 3 wyib

End Row 18: p3, k4, p3

End Row 19: slip 3 wyib, p2tog, p2tog, slip 3 wyib

End Row 20: p3, k2, p3

Bind off loosely, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purls, and tuck in ends. Block, because this bad boy will be curlier than something really curly.




18 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! Love it! Thanks for sharing

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  2. Gorgeous!!!! I love to knit scarves... People always ask me - don't you get bored? I say - how can I possibly get bored doing it when there are so many many beautiful patterns out there. And now I have yours to add!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I'm glad to hear you like it :) I have to admit, I used to make a lot more scarves back when I crocheted. But I had fun making this one, at least!

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  3. I would love to learn how to crochet - just can't "get it" for some reason. I can make a chain tho! LOL! And sometimes, just to relax, I do just that ...

    Linda in VA

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    1. That's funny! I haven't crocheted in years... but I made some cool scarves, back in the day...

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  4. Hi there! I'm loving the scarf but don't know what m1r and m1l are, I get it's something 1right and something m1left and also know it will be one of those DOH! moments when I find out, hope you can help. btw I'm in UK so maybe different to what I'm used to.

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    1. No worries! I'm always happy to help. M1r is make 1 right; m1l is make one left; this website has a good explanation of the technique, if you're unfamiliar: http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/92-how-to/1046-make-1-left-or-right-m1-m1l-m1r
      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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    2. I wondered if it was that, as I said DOH! Thanks for the info and the link, much appreciated. :0)

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    3. I do that all the time! Just this morning I called my boss, frantic that I was missing something. He was like, "yeah, check your email again." Whoops!

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  5. I love it
    I want to do it, but I dpn't understand the pattern
    I am a beginer

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    1. I'm glad to hear you like the pattern! If you're ever stuck on terminology, you can always check out the glossary (http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/p/glossary-of-knitting-terms.html). As far as this particular pattern goes, it uses increases and decreases to get the tapering at both ends, but the middle section is easier to follow. If you wanted to use just the middle section, you could always cast on 26 stitches, then knit Set-up Row 20, and then keep knitting the main pattern rows until you're ready to cast off. That would give you a very similar scarf without messing with the more difficult techniques. Otherwise - if you have any particular questions, I'd be happy to help!

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  6. This is one of my favorite stitch patterns and I LOVE the tapered ends! I want, some day, to make a wrap using this pattern....some day :) and i-cord edges...perfect!

    A lovely sense of humor you have in your writings...makes reading all, so fun...

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! I really enjoyed knitting this stitch pattern as well :) And I figure I can be as "funny" as I want, since I'm offering free patterns and all... Glad to know at least one person appreciates it!

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  7. Thank you so much, this looks amazing! I am, unfortunately stuck on Set-up Row 2. When I'm done with this row, I end up with 12 stitches :( I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.. Can you help, please? Thanks!

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    1. Hmm... I am not sure exactly what you're doing, but there are only two increases in this row, so you should only have 10 when you're done with it. So I'll throw out pretty much any idea I can come up with:

      Perhaps you aren't transferring the yarn to the back of the work before you knit (or the front of the work before you purl), which is creating a yarn over of sorts?

      Perhaps your make 1 stitches are going awry somehow?

      And that's pretty much all I can think of off the top of my head... Any more information you have might help, otherwise I'm running low on ideas. Tell me more, and I can try again :)

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  8. Thank you so much for your response! I had my husband help (no kidding :) and it turns out I was doubling m1l and m1r... Thank you again, I love this pattern and you are so helpful!

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    1. I'm glad to hear you figured it out! And I make my husband help ball my yarn - I'm glad yours is just as handy!

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