Wednesday, November 28, 2007
SCARF CONFECTIONS: DESIGN YOUR OWN SCARF
Gentle knitters, start your needles. It's time to knit a gift that's both fast and fabulous. I'll be providing the recipe and all you need do is stir together your own ingredients. So, lift those needles and get to it! Yes, it can be that easy. I usually can knit these lovelies in two evenings, which results in either two video-watching sessions or two nights of semi-watching mindless television (where I'm too engrossed in my knitting to lift my eyes anyways. Yesterday, I went through two back-to-back episodes of Judge Judy without noticing until Her Honor yelled and some poor miscreant and caused me to jump).
Anyways, these scarves feature ribbon, lots of silky, glossy lengths of something delectible. The ribbons are what lift these scarves from the ordinary and, though I use Hannah sil or Bagsmith silk, yummy concoctions like Veranda from Fiesta are equally stunning. Your only guide: go for the luster. In Frosted Peach above, I used Bagsmith silk available from Yarnmarket plus any yarn I could find that would blend in with my monocramatic color scheme. Mostly, I doubled the yarns together, blending in skinny carry-along yarns with thinner silks, cottons or wools. With the Seaglass version, I used Fiesta silk Luz, mohair, Meteor tape and Veranda ribbon. Try nabbing a hank of Great Adriondack's Dangles yarn (available through Linda's Custom Yarns) for a suprisingly subtle and intriguing flicker of light throughout.
Stitches? My preferred combo, of course: seed, drop and garter. I used size 6.5mm needles in one but jumped up a size for Seaglass. In other words, needle size is purely preference.
To make one of these you'll need a thick, glossy, ribbon, several similiar shades in different yarns (any fiber) and a touch of mohair. Okay then, ready? Right, so:· With your yarn of choice,, cast on 3 stitches, leaving a 6 inch tail at the point.
· Work seed stitch (k1p1) while increasing 1 stitch at each end of every right-side row. until you've reached your desired width
Change yarns to your thickest, most delicious ribbon and work two rows of garter
Keeping with the same ribbon, work a three-wrap drop stitch like so:
· knit1, wrap yarn around needle twice, knit one stitch and repeat sequence until you reach the end of the row. Knit last stitch. On reverse row, carefully drop the wrapped stitches while knitting the stitches in between. Comb with fingers and tug to align stitches.
Now, for the entire length of your scarf, right up until you reach your desired lenth. you will be alternating 10 rows (or 20 or 30) of seed stitch framed by two rows of garter followed by the above drop-stitch sequence, followed by a brace of garter stitches. Then, as you approach the 'end', change to the same yarn used to launch your scarf and begin seed stitch while decreasing 1 stitch at each end of every row (or the begining of every row).
Add a beaded dangle to each pointy end and viola!
By making effective use of diva ribbons, a scarf will emerge that is suitable for festive events, evenings out and any glorious event you can think of—the perfect handmaid gift.
Fiesta's Veranda Ribbon
Hanna Silk Ribbon
Posted by Jane on
11/28 at 03:16 PM