Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stripes & Diamonds Scarf

Stripes & Diamonds Scarf

Right now you're probably wondering if I've gone crazy - after all, I went from making zero scarves to making two in, like, a month. But I couldn't help myself; once I realized that I could make a slipped stitch, two-color number with a quick enough color change that I wouldn't have to cut my yarn ends for each stripe, I simply had to do it. The result, of course, is the Stripes & Diamonds Scarf, which employs a basic garter edging and a slipped stitch color pattern in the center for a lovely and very graphic effect that won't leave you cursing a bajillion ends when you're done.

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% Pima Cotton; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #3736 Ice - one skein (color A), #3727 Sky Blue - one skein (color B)

The diamond motif
Needles: Straight needles in size US 5

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4 inches

So let's get this scarf party started! First, then, using your color A yarn and your size 5 needles, cast on 31 stitches. Then knit the following set-up row:

Set-up Row: using color A, knit

Knit this set-up row 6 times (yes, this is just six rows of garter stitch). And now that that's done, we'll begin our main pattern, which is a strip of Stripes and Diamonds from page 70 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, as well as some garter stitch. As a side note, the pattern might look long, but it's super easy to remember. So let's proceed as follows:

Row 1 (right side): using color B, k15, slip 1 stitch with yarn in back (wyib), k15

Row 2: using color B, k10, p5, slip 1 wyif, p5, k10

Row 3: using color A, knit

Row 4: using color A, k14, p3, k14

Row 5: using color B, k14, slip 1 wyib, k1, slip 1 wyib, k14

Row 6: using color B, k10, p4, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, p4, k10

Row 7: using color A, knit

Row 8: using color A, k13, p5, k13

Row 9: using color B, k13, (slip 1 wyib, k1) twice, slip 1 wyib, k13

Row 10: using color B, k10, p3, (slip 1 wyif, k1) twice, slip 1 wyif, p3, k10

Row 11: using color A, knit

Row 12: using color A, k12, p7, k12

Row 13: using color B, k12, (slip 1 wyib, k1) three times, slip 1 wyib, k12

Row 14: using color B, k10, p2, (slip 1 wyif, k1) three times, slip 1 wyif, p2, k1o

Row 15: using color A, knit

Row 16: using color A, k10, p11, k10

Row 17: using color B, k11, (slip 1 wyib, k1) five times, k10

Row 18: using color B, k11, (slip 1 wyif, k1) five times, k10

Rows 19 - 20: using color A, repeat rows 15 & 16

Rows 21 - 22: using color B, repeat rows 13 & 14

Rows 23 - 24: using color A, repeat rows 11 & 12

Rows 25 - 26: using color B, repeat rows 9 & 10

Rows 27 - 28: using color A, repeat rows 7 & 8

Rows 29 - 30: using color B, repeat rows 5 & 6

Rows 31 - 32: using color A, repeat rows 3 & 4

Knit rows 1 - 32 until piece measures at least 54", roughly, (mine measured about 59" at this point, and also stretched in blocking) and you've just finished row 2 of the pattern. Clip tail of your color B yarn and then knit six rows in garter stitch in color A. Bind off loosely, tuck in ends, and block.








40 comments:

  1. Hey, that's really pretty! Thanks for the pattern :)

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    1. Thank you! I was pleased with the way this one turned out. Glad you liked it too. :)

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  2. Reamente lindo só não consegui traduzir e não tem gr´fico.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Or at least I think that's what you said. :)

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  3. I'm without a doubt doing this one!!!! Thank you so much!!!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Yay! Then my work here is done. :) Let me know if you have any questions.

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  4. I've been following your blog for a few weeks now, and I want to say how much I love not only the creative and lovely patterns, but your writing style. You're so positive, and you make it read as though you're at my shoulder offering encouragement with every stitch. Whenever I see a post from you in my feed, I have to smile because I know that it's going to be fun to read about even if the skills are still slightly beyond me.

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    1. Thank you so much! That is a very lovely compliment. :) And I am always encouraging people to try stuff that they're worried is beyond their skill level because, most of the time, they find that they're able to do it. With that in mind, if there's every a project you'd like to do that contains techniques you're worried about, just let me know! I am always happy to help, either by finding relevant technique posts, or with other suggestions. :)

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  5. I love this scarf! So excited to see a pattern knit with cotton. I love each and every one of your creations! I can't wait to knit this one. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you! I am very glad to hear it. :) I love knitting with cotton too, in part because my hands don't tolerate much wool. Anyway, let me know if you have any questions!

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  6. Ohhhhhh, beautiful! Thank you again for sharing the pattern. Very generous of you.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like the pattern. I am just always happy to have a colorwork pattern without a lot of ends! :)

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  7. Hi Gretchen! I ordered the Cascade Pima Cotton yarn but there is only 136.7 yards. Do I need two skeins of each? Your skeins had 220 yards...not sure why they are different!

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  8. I realized I bought Ultra Pima Fine by mistake!! Thanks Gretchen! Can't wait to make this scarf!

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    1. Ooohhh... I didn't even realize they made a fine! That's tempting. Have you worked with this yarn before? I love it! I hope you do too. :) Oh, and, as always - please let me know if you have any other questions!

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  9. Hi Gretchen! No, I haven't worked with that yarn before. I ordered the correct yarn and am starting the scarf now. Quick question....slip 1 wyif (is that purl wise?) And slip 1 wyib (is that knit wise?)

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    1. Hi Concetta!

      Both slips are purlwise, it's just where you place the yarn when you're doing them! Does that make sense? And please, let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  10. Yes I think so! Both wyif ad wyib are purl stitches so you put the needle in the stitch from top to bottom and either place the yarn in from or back. I think I was slipping wyib knit wise so I will have to start over! Thanks so much!

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    1. It sounds like you're straightened out! And just remember that the only thing that happens when you slip knitwise is that the stitch gets twisted - and with these long slipped stitches you may not even notice the twist (or you may like the look of it). Long story short - you may not have to start over, if you like what you've done so far! :)

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  11. Can I make this with worsted? (I want to use what I have on hand.)

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    1. Absolutely! You have a few easy options -

      1. Make as written with the needle size given for your yarn, and have a wider scarf (depending on your gauge).

      2. Make with worsted weight yarn, but the same needles as I've prescribed, and have a slightly denser scarf that's a bit wider but not as wide as option 1, or

      3. Reduce the stitch count, and have a narrower edge on either side of the diamonds but maintain the same approximate width.

      Let me know if you need any additional help! :)

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  12. This scarf is so pretty, I love the diamonds and the two colors. I have some Simply soft yarn on hand in some pretty colors. I thought I would try making the scarf with the Simply Soft.

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    1. I think that's a good choice! :) The worsted weight will make it a bit wider, but you can see my suggestions about yarn weight in the comment above. And please, let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  13. This scarf is so pretty, I love the diamonds and the two colors. I have some Simply soft yarn on hand in some pretty colors. I thought I would try making the scarf with the Simply Soft.

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  14. beautiful pattern but did I miss the part where you didnt cut the ends when you changed colors?

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    1. Nope, I didn't cut the ends! You can see a little line of the color strands on the back side of it, but I still think it's a million times better than tucking all of those suckers in!!! :)

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  15. Could you clarify how you change colors? Do you carry up up the side?

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    1. Hi there!

      Yes, I simply carried the yarn up the side. It's not very noticeable at all, and a heck of a lot easier than 50 million ends to deal with! :)

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    2. Wonderful! Thank you for quick reply and your beautiful patters. They look very complicated, but like this one, they are quite simple! Love it!

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    3. Wonderful! Thank you for quick reply and your beautiful patters. They look very complicated, but like this one, they are quite simple! Love it!

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    4. That's the sweet spot I aim for. :) Glad you like them!

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  16. Could you clarify how you change colors? Do you carry up up the side?

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  17. Can I use one solid and one variegated? If so which one would be mc?

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    1. Absolutely! You could go either way, of course, but I would make the solid my mc, if I were knitting it. :)

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  18. I'm not a very experienced knitter. I'm so glad you answered the question that wyif and wyib should be sliped as if to purl. I was confused about that and now I can now do it the correct way.
    I have started and ripped out and started again so many times that I have lost count. Then I finally got the hang of it only to discover that when I got to where it says to repeat rows, as in rows 19 and 20 etc. In rows 19 and 20 I repeated rows 15 and 16 in that order. Then discovered that the pattern didn't look right as I went on to the other repeat rows. So I ripped everything out and started again. Then when I got to rows 19 and 20 again I reversed it and did row 16 first and then row 15 and went on to do the other repeat rows. Well that didn't look like the picture either. Can you please give me an easier explanation of how to do these repeat rows? I really would like to be successful in making this pretty scarf. Thank you very much.

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    1. Hi Irene!

      I have written out each row individually for you; you can find it below. :) It sounds like you did have the right idea with your first attempt, however - the pattern is not *quite* a mirror image due to the nature of slip stitch knitting, but it's pretty close. Basically, you will be repeating each pair of rows, except in the reverse order on a pair-by-pair basis. And, for the record, you could knit this whole stitch slipping things knitwise, if you wanted - you would just end up with a different look since that would twist all of your stitches! Anyway, let me know if you have any other questions. I'm always happy to help. :)

      Row 1 (right side): using color B, k15, slip 1 stitch with yarn in back (wyib), k15

      Row 2: using color B, k10, p5, slip 1 wyif, p5, k10

      Row 3: using color A, knit

      Row 4: using color A, k14, p3, k14

      Row 5: using color B, k14, slip 1 wyib, k1, slip 1 wyib, k14

      Row 6: using color B, k10, p4, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, p4, k10

      Row 7: using color A, knit

      Row 8: using color A, k13, p5, k13

      Row 9: using color B, k13, (slip 1 wyib, k1) twice, slip 1 wyib, k13

      Row 10: using color B, k10, p3, (slip 1 wyif, k1) twice, slip 1 wyif, p3, k10

      Row 11: using color A, knit

      Row 12: using color A, k12, p7, k12

      Row 13: using color B, k12, (slip 1 wyib, k1) three times, slip 1 wyib, k12

      Row 14: using color B, k10, p2, (slip 1 wyif, k1) three times, slip 1 wyif, p2, k10

      Row 15: using color A, knit

      Row 16: using color A, k10, p11, k10

      Row 17: using color B, k11, (slip 1 wyib, k1) five times, k10

      Row 18: using color B, k11, (slip 1 wyif, k1) five times, k10

      Row 19: using color A, knit

      Row 20: using color A, k10, p11, k10

      Row 21: using color B, k12, (slip 1 wyib, k1) three times, slip 1 wyib, k12

      Row 22: using color B, k10, p2, (slip 1 wyif, k1) three times, slip 1 wyif, p2, k10

      Row 23: using color A, using color A, knit

      Row 24: using color A, k12, p7, k12

      Row 25: using color B, k12, (slip 1 wyib, k1) three times, slip 1 wyib, k12

      Row 26: using color B, k10, p3, (slip 1 wyif, k1) twice, slip 1 wyif, p3, k10

      Row 27: using color A, knit

      Row 28: using color A, k13, p5, k13

      Row 29: using color B, k14, slip 1 wyib, k1, slip 1 wyib, k14

      Row 30: using color B, k10, p4, slip 1 wyif, k1, slip 1 wyif, p4, k10

      Row 31: using color A, knit

      Row 32: using color A, k14, p3, k14

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    2. Thank you so much, Gretchen. I really do appreciate the time you took to write the directions out one row at a time. I will be able to make the beautiful Stripes and Diamonds scarf now. Sending Hugs to you.

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    3. You're very welcome, Irene. :) Let me know if you have any other issues.

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  19. question.any recommendations about changing colors do often .lots of weaving ENDS

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    1. I just let my colors run up the sides; it's barely noticeable! And way fewer ends!!! :)

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