Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gathered Rib Scarf

Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf

Okay, I wish I had a good story behind this scarf, but I don't. Basically, I've just been on kind of a variegated yarn kick lately, in part because I find it super difficult to find good patterns for but I love buying it, so... you do the math! Someone's gotta come up with some stuff, right? Anyway, I designed this particular scarf to be on the shorter side, since I only had 2 skeins of yarn. However, it would look very nice if you have a bit more yardage to work with, also, or even in a solid color yarn! 

Yarn: Lana Grossa Cinque Multi (60% Virgin Wool, 40% Polyacrylic; 164 yards [150 meters]/50 grams); #013 - two to three skeins

Gathered Rib Scarf
A better look at the rib,
and the gathering. See how it
works with the variegation???
Needles: Straight needles in size US 6

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

And now that we've got all of that covered, let's make a scarf! To begin with, then cast on 50 stitches loosely. Then, we'll work as follows:

Rows 1, 3, 5, & 7 (wrong side): slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back (sl1 wyib), k1, (p6, k4) four times, p6, k2

Rows 2, 4, & 6: slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front (sl1 wyif), p1, (k6, p4) four times, k6, p2

Row 8: sl1 wyif, p1, (k2tog through back loops [k2tog-tbl], k2, k2tog, p4) four times, k2tog-tbl, k2, k2tog, p2

Row 9: sl1 wyib, k1, (slip 4 stitches with yarn in back, bring yarn to front between needles, slip the same 4 stitches back to your left hand needle, pass yarn to back between needles, and then slip the same to stitches with yarn in back again, k4) four times, slip 4 stitches with yarn in back, bring yarn to front between needles, slip the same 4 stitches back to your left hand needle, pass yarn to back between needles, and then slip the same to stitches with yarn in back again, k2

Row 10: sl1 wyif, p1, (k1, m1r, k2, m1l, k1, p4) four times, k1, m1r, k2, m1l, k1, p2

Knit rows 1 - 10 until scarf reaches desired length or you run out of yarn (my suggested minimum is 48" - the scarf pictured measures about 52"). Finally, tuck in ends and block!

Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf
Gathered Rib Scarf
I know what you're thinking right now - am I aware
that this picture sucks? Of course I am - why do
you think I put it last? But my ridiculous 2 year-old
kept locking me out on the balcony when I was
trying to take these photos and eventually I gave up.
This is the result.

20 comments:

  1. wowza! just in time for the gift-giving-mania, should it strike! this is lovely - and so is your generosity!

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    1. Yay! Glad you like it! This is definitely one of those works-with-most-kinds-of-yarns patterns!!! :)

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  2. Really pretty yarn! And it goes very well with this pattern!

    Linda in VA

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    1. Yeah I thought it was pretty in the store and then when I started to work with it I was TOTALLY surprised by the yellow! :) But I do think I came up with a pattern that did it justice!!!

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  3. I love variegated yarn. It makes any pattern look even more scrumptious. Thank you for the pattern. I have one last gift to knit up and this is perfect.

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    1. I love variegated yarn too, I just don't always love my color pooling when I use it!!! Anyway, glad you like the pattern, and let me know if you have any questions! :)

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  4. Your talent is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment! :) And I'm glad you like the pattern!!!

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  5. Hi Gretchen, just love this pattern. I like the ends to match and was wondering how you did the cast-on and bind-off. They do look like they match in the photos. Thank you for the free pattern and for your help!

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    1. Hi Terri! I used a long tail cast on and just bound off regularly in pattern... Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  6. Your stuff is SO great. I have a couple of godchildren that I just starting knitting hats for! They love them and it's the perfect length of project for me. (I'm not much of a long distance runner - plus I'm new to the whole knitting thing. Would it be really difficult to use this design in a hat? I think it would be really cool. Just not quite sure how to do that. Maybe I just use another hat pattern of yours and use this stitch? If I sound super amateur it's because I am. =) Happy new year to you and thanks for sharing your talents.

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    1. Hi there!

      First off, I'm glad to hear you like my designs! :) And secondly, you could totally use this stitch pattern in a hat - why don't you email me at ballstothewallsknits@gmail.com and let me know what yarn you'd like to use (mostly I need the gauge) and what age child you're knitting for and I can help you come up with a pattern?

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  7. Where can I purchase this yarn that is shown forvthe scarf! I love it!

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    1. Hi there!

      I'm assuming you live in the US - if so, you can buy it from loveknitting.com: http://www.loveknitting.com/us/lana-grossa-cinque-multi

      If you need help finding it for another country, just let me know! :)

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  8. It never fails when I'm browsing the patterns in the AllFreeKnitting email and I think, Ooh that's beautiful and when I click on the link it takes me to Balls to the Walls. Gretchen, all your patterns are amazing!! I also get your emails too. This is beautiful! Keep up the great work! :)
    Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie! I'm always very happy to hear that people like my designs, since of course I work hard on them. :) Anyway, thanks for letting me know and let me know if you ever need any help with my patterns!

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  9. Gorgeous!!! If possible, I want a hat pattern to match, too! What a great idea - for an 8 yr old child.
    Umm - I DO have a question - "Rows 1, 3, 5, & 7 (wrong side): slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back (sl1 wyib), k1, (p6, k4) four times, p6, k2

    Rows 2, 4, & 6: slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front (sl1 wyif), p1, (k6, p4) four times, k6, p2 " Do we slip twice, or is that in parentheses simply an abbreviation of what you described? I SOOOOO want to do this! Jeannie

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    1. Hi Jeannie!

      Yes, the (sl1 wyif) is just to define terminology, not to say to do it twice. I can see how my notation is confusing, though - I apologize! :) And I have actually written (but not knit!) a pattern for a matching hat. Here it is! Oh, and since I haven't knit it, it's possible I got something wrong in the pattern - just let me know if anything looks funky!

      Sizes: Toddler (Child; Adult)

      Needles: One 16” circular needle in size US 6; one 16” circular needle in size in size US 7, and one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 7 (also, the circular needles are not required for the toddler size but you will want dpns in size US 6 – for this size, everything should be knit on dpns or using the Magic Loop)

      Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

      Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 7 needles

      Using your 16” circular in size US 6 or your dpns in size US 6 for the toddler size, cast on 90 (100; 110) stitches loosely, place marker, and join in the round (if you’re making the toddler size, just remember to distribute your stitches in clumps of 10). Then work the ribbing as follows (you can also skip the ribbing, if you’d prefer. Then it’s your choice as to whether or not you’d like to knit the first few rows of the hat with the smaller gauge needles or not). Anyway, if you’re doing a ribbing, proceed as follows:

      Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from *

      Knit this ribbing row until hat measures roughly 1.5" (2"; 2”). Transfer work to your US 7 circular needle (or dpns, for the toddler size), and begin the pattern, as follows (or you can skip the ribbing and begin here).

      Rows 1 - 7: * k6, p4 *

      Row 8: * k2tog through back loops [k2tog-tbl], k2, k2tog, p4 * (72 stitches (80 stitches; 88 stitches))

      Row 9: * slip 4 stitches with yarn in front, bring yarn to back between needles, slip the same 4 stitches back to your left hand needle, pass yarn to front between needles, and then slip the same stitches with yarn in front again, p4 *

      Row 10: * k1, m1r, k2, m1l, k1, p4 * (original stitch count restored)

      Knit rows 1 - 10 until hat measures roughly 5.5" (6.5"; 8”) in total and you've just finished row 10 of the pattern. Then, you'll work the decrease, as follows:

      Decrease Row 1: * k4, (p2tog) twice * (72 stitches (80 stitches; 88 stitches))

      If you're making either of the larger sizes, you'll want to transfer your work to your size US 7 dpns now.

      Decrease Row 2: * k2tog-tbl, k2, k2tog, p2 * (54 stitches (60 stitches; 66 stitches))

      Decrease Row 3: * k2tog-tbl, k2tog, p2 * (36 stitches (40 stitches; 44 stitches))

      Decrease Row 4: * k2tog, p2tog * (18 stitches (20 stitches; 22 stitches))

      Decrease Row 5: * k2tog * (9 stitches (10 stitches; 11 stitches))

      Clip yarn tail and, using tapestry needle, thread through final 9 (10; 11) stitches and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.

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  10. I don't know why I start at all free knitting when I wind up here half time. Thanks!!!!!

    From Lawton, OK

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    1. Well, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying my site! :)

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