Knitting in a design such as letters

If anybody reads this that knows how to knit in a design, such as letters, numbers, and other such stuff, please PM me or use any of the contact methods in my profile. I am working on a scarf for my daughter and would love to put her name on it.




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Hey Wolf, is the scarf

Hey Wolf, is the scarf already in progress?  Here are a few ideas for you.

You can find charted alphabets pretty easily.  Here's one:  A lot of the knitting stitch dictionaries or collections also include letters and numbers.  I have a book called 1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts that includes at least two alphabets.  You can also buy or print out knitting graph paper and chart out your daughter's name yourself.

As far as getting it onto the scarf, again you have options!  (Isn't knitting great!)  You can do the name fairisle style, knitting in the design with a contrasting color of yarn and carrying your main color, alternating between the two.  This will leave floats, or short lengths of yarn, on the back of the scarf when you carry the non-working yarn between stiches which can look "unfinished".  You can knit a scarf in a tube (if you're still in the planning stage) and the floats will be hidden inside the tube (or knit a front and back and sew them together when you're finished).  This may not be a good option if you are working with a heavy yarn.

You could also use duplicate stitch.  Finish the scarf, then go back with a contrasting color of yarn and stitch in the name over existing stitches.  A very effective embroidery technique.  The back, however, can still have that unfinished look.  You could line the back of the scarf with another piece of fabric (like fleece) to hide the back of the duplicate stitching.

Or, you can use a combination of knit and purl stitches to add in the name.  Gansey sweaters, for instance, often had the wearer's initial knitted onto the front in seed stitch or purl stiches against a background of plain knitting.  This is more subtle, but can be very effective especially with a smooth yarn that shows pattern stitches well.  Beth Brown-Reinsel's book, Knitting Ganseys, has some charted alphabets.

need a howto on this

need a howto on this fairisle style.... never heard of that one... have heard of duplicate stitch, but I am useing ribbon to knit it so it may not work for dupe stitch or that 3rd way....

might have some tips for you might might be of use I'll check some of the other sites too
Great idea though