Newest lighter weight scarf

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Guys!
I just finished a lighter weight 2x2 rib scarf that I am sending off to the AIDS house in San Francisco. It ended up being 60" long and 5" wide. This project was actually a study project for me. I always get my 2x2 ribs all screwed up, so I made it a point to get these correct. I used acrylic because I felt it was more durable and able to handle unknitting at times. I'm getting good at ripping out stitches, picking them up, straightening them out, and then starting all over again. There are a few stitches that are in error, but I didn't notice them until I was long past them. I'd love to find a way to drop a stitch several rows above the error, then unstitch, fix the misstitch, then tidy things back up. I have seen videos of it, but not sure I have the guts to try it on a project that matters. Even though this one was largely just to get some more consistency in stitch tension, the more I got into it, the more it did matter because it was going to go to a kid in San Francisco who could really use it.

My next project will be a black cowl scarf. I'll make it out of beautiful yarn made of 55% superfine alpaca, 23% silk, 22% merino wool. Worsted weight. I bought it at Knit Picks and it's called Andean Silk. I'll post some pics when I finish it.

This time, enjoy the photo of the blue 2x2 rib scarf.

Fondly,
Mark

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WillyG's picture

Oooh, fixing errors in

Oooh, fixing errors in stockinette or vertical ribbing is such a blast! I use a crochet hook, and I found that if I approach the yarn a certain way, it sets me up for the next loop to be caught up. Once you get the nerve to try it, you may find that you actually want to make mistakes, just so you can fix them!

Note: this applies only to a stitch pattern having a stacked column of stitches facing the same way, such as all knit. In other stitch patterns (garter stitch or seed stitch, for instance), it gets fussier. If there are decreases involved, prepare to curse. Or just rip back.

CLABBERS's picture

I have gotten the hang of

I have gotten the hang of fixing ribbing and stockinette, but it is tedious. Sometimes, at least for me, it's just faster to rip and reknit. I don't have to try to make mistakes as you suggest. I am very good at doing it naturally. Ha!

Tom Hart's picture

So how did you learn to do

So how did you learn to do this, Willy? Did you get it off YouTube or somewhere else on the net or did you just figure it out yourself. I'd really like to be able to do this. (Who wouldn't?) I'm thinking that when I finish up my current main project I'm going to just whip up a swatch and mess with it...

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Tom, I have found lots of

Hi Tom,
I have found lots of helpful videos on YouTube; many having to do with fixing mistakes. I sometimes think my entire project is just one large swatch just begging to be messed up by not focusing on my work.
Mark

Tom Hart's picture

Well I'll check out YouTube

Well I'll check out YouTube for fixing knitting mistakes. I have a bad habit of knitting into the night later than I really should and when it gets late I start to get mixed up. I'm close to finishing a rug for the bathroom that I've been working on for months. It's got Fair Isle motifs in it and just inches from the end (it's close to 6 feet long) I mixed up some rows. I was going to rip it back but decided just to leave it as a reminder of what happens when I knit after midnight. If I knew how to go in "surgically" and change certain stitches I would have done that but it just didn't seem worth it to go to the bother of ripping and re-knitting all those rows. I'm really ready to be done with this particular project.
Tom

TheKnittingMill's picture

Lovely and thoughtful!

Lovely and thoughtful!

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Millard, Thank you for

Hi Millard,
Thank you for the kind words!
Mark

transvibration's picture

What a great Scarf and great

What a great Scarf and great to know that someone will benefit from it.

CLABBERS's picture

It was a pleasure to make

It was a pleasure to make and I learned a thing or two along the way.
Mark

andyz280f's picture

I seem to always have some

I seem to always have some little mistake in my work. But after knitting 20 or so rows and then finding the mistake, I figure the piece has a little bit of my soul in it.(Easier than ripping out all those rows, especially if it is a big project) LOL

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Andy! My wife tells

Thanks Andy! My wife tells me the same thing. She says, "That's how you know it's handmade!" She's been a counted cross-stitch artist for decades, so she knows, although you would be hard pressed to find any errors in her pieces.
Mark

Mnjack's picture

I love the color and someone

I love the color and someone is going to be very happy to get this, a nice job.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi there, I know the kids in

Hi there,
I know the kids in San Francisco can use these things, so it makes me feel good to have a goal in mind. I think of them using the items I make and I just hope they know that there are people out here who do care and do what they can to make their lives even one scarf or one hat easier.
Mark

andyz280f's picture

Very good job.

Very good job.