Wednesday, September 4, 2013

KAL with Alix- Camouflage Scarf

Good Morning,

Today's blog is brief as we begin to Knit-A-Long With Alix, from the Alchemists Vessel. 

This project is a scarf, appropriate for men or women.  This is my very first item that I will knit and add for sale to the shop.


I will be using Bernat Softee Chunky Ombre Yarn in 20944 "Dad's Scarf", 11 stitches to the inch, on size US 11 Needles.  Here I have wound the first skein into a ball instead of the skein and label they come in.  This is a nice soft acrylic yarn that will hold up to heavy wear and  you can throw it in the washing machine.

Please excuse the other materials on the table, we are busy at the shop and never just craft one thing at a time.  The other materials are for making Chain Maille, and the class Satin Crystal Weave Bracelet project we offer at the shop.

The colors are a deep green, black, dark grey, olive green and a bright grey color that almost looks white against the darker contrast of the other colors.  The yarn reminds a great deal of Camouflage.

The pattern is a simple short row work and turn with wrapped stitches forming a interesting decorative loop in the triangles created by this pattern.


Bernat Softee Chunky 20944 "Dad's Scarf" (11 stitches to the inch)
3 Balls (77 yards / 70 m - 2.80 oz / 80g) "Ombre" yarn (wt. 6)
Size 11 US needles (8.0 mm)
Tapestry needle
Gauge: 11sts x 14 rows = 4" (10cm)
You may choose a yarn that appeals to you.

K = Knit
P =Purl
WS = Wrap Stitch*

Pattern Note:  
To work a *Wrapped Stitch:
Knit the number of stitches listed in the row
Slip the next stitch Purlwise to the Right Hand Needle
Bring your yarn to the front of the work
Slip the stitch back to the Left Hand Needle
Turn your work
Bring the Yarn to the Front of your work (you just wrapped the stitch)
Slip the first stitch on the Left Hand needle to the Right Needle
Purl to the end of the row

To Work the wrapped stitches in pattern:
Knit to the Wrapped Stitch
Slip the stitch to the Right Hand needle without knitting it
Slide the tip of the left hand needle into the Horizontal bar (formed around the stitch by bringing the yarn to the front and then back of your work).  With the wrap on the needle, slide the LEFT HAND needle through the first stitch on the right hand needle and Knit the stitch.

Short Row Scarf Pattern

C/O 20 sts.

K rows 1 and 2 (this will give you a nice foundation to begin).
Row 3 - K 16, WS, Turn
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10 Purl to the end of row
Row 5 - K 12, WS, Turn
Row 7 - K 8, WS, Turn
Row 9 - K4, WS, Turn
Row 11 - K to the end of the row, picking up all wrapped stitches
(First Triangle Complete)
Row 12 - K 4, WS, Turn
Rows - 13, 15, 17, 19 Purl to end of row
Row 14 - K 4, pick up WS, K3, WS, Turn
Row 16 - K 8, pick up WS, K3, WS, Turn
Row 18 - K 12, pick up WS, K3, WS, Turn
Row 20 - K 16, pick up WS, K to end of Row.
(Second Triangle Complete)

Continue working these 20 Rows for the entire length of your Scarf.

Progress pictures coming.  Next Wednesday we will look at progress and continuing to knit with a second ball / skein.

The cool thing about this pattern is that it looks the same on both sides and the alternating triangles give it a nice textured feel and look.  One will be Stockinette the other Garter Stitch, not only is it a nice texture, it helps to define the pattern and makes the triangles pop.

Because my ball was knotted and not wound right towards the inside I am missing a good 12 yards of yarn, so your length of scarf after you finish the first ball may be longer than the progress pictures, that is OK.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.

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