Striped biased scarf...?

So, I'm currently on a trip, ran out of yarn, and LUCKILY found a LYS. I bought some malabrigo for the first time in dark charcoal and spring green, and I have an idea for a project. After several attempts, I can't seem to understand what I'm doing wrong! I saw a simple striped scarf pattern done in intarsia, with each new vertical stripe being worked as a separate ball of yarn. I like that idea, but I really love working things on the bias. I suppose I'm biased that way. I know, boooo. (look, it's all I got.)

Here's my idea...I want to do a biased scarf with a vertical stripe running up the middle. It has to be possible, but I haven't gotten it to look right! After ripping it out several times, my yarn is almost as frazzled as I am. Any ideas?

Here's what I've been doing...
CO 1
knit front, back, and front again
purl (ws)
kfb, knit to last, kfb (rs)
I continued this pattern until I had about 15 sts, then added the green, then after I had 3 green sts, switched back to grey.

I know that my green sts need to kind of slide over and stack on top of each other to get that vertical stripe look, but they keep moving up the bias! It wouldn't be so confusing for me if I started the new color at the end of a row, but starting in the middle, increasing, then adding another color while continuing to increase is really messing me up.

If someone can figure this out, it would really save the day!

You! It's the


It's the easiest way for me to do big projects, b/c you start with one st, then increase on the sides. When you get it as wide as you want (which actually makes the diagonal), you begin decreasing evenly, until you run out of sts. It's like making a diamond, but if you rotate the fabric, all the sts are running up the diagonal! It's fun! casting on!

albert's picture

Ah, I get it. Thanks.

Ah, I get it. Thanks.

albert's picture

Certain words or expressions

Certain words or expressions I come across seem to be utterly devoid of meaning for me. One such word would be "reify", which seems to be missing a big chunk in the middle. Now I see the expression "knitting on the bias" and I have no clue what you guys are talking about. Would someone care to enlighten me?

Bill's picture

Albert... "knitting on the

"knitting on the bias" means you stand at a fourty five degree angle while knitting...

MMario's picture

Daigon Alley MMario -

Daigon Alley

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

PS - oh crap - now that I've made the pun, what occurs to me? house scarves for Hogwarts done this way...., and that idea will probably percolate until I do one.

Ahhh, with everyone's help,

Ahhh, with everyone's help, I was able to figure it out! You know, it really doesn't seem that hard once you get going...

Now that I see how this yarn reacts, I know that I'm gonna have to block the hell out of it! Not EXACTLY rectangular...more diamond-esque... lol!

I'll post photos soon!

MMario's picture

well - if you are knitting

well - if you are knitting on the bias, what you need to do is add the green when you have increased half the amount of stitches you want for the final width, minus the green stripe. because your leading edge will become the bottom of the scarf.

if the scarf is 15 stitches wide, and you want the center stripe to be three stitches wide, stitches 7,8 9 need to be green.
cast on1;
1) knit front,back, front (3 stitches)

all return rows purled.

3) kf&b, k1, kf&b (5 )

5) kf in green &b in grey , k3, kf&b (7)

on return rows knit the stitches as they appear, green with green, grey with grey

7) kf&b in green, k1, change to grey;k4, kf&b (9)

9) kf &b in grey, k3 in green; switch to grey, k4, kf&b (11)

11) in grey, kf&b, k2; switch to green, k3,; in grey, k4, kf&b (13)

13) IN grey, kf&b, k3, switch to green, k3, in grey k4, kf&b (15)

15) in grey, k2tog, k5 ;switch to green, k3, in grey k4, kf&b (15)

repeat rows 15 and 16 until "long enough"

then I'm not sure how it works to end it....but I *think* it would be:

Grey: k2tog, k5; green, k3, grey, k3, k2tog

next row, grey, k2tog, k5, green, k3, grey, k2, k2tog
next row grey k2tog, k5, green, k3, grey, k2tog

next row, grey, k2tog, k5, green, k2, k2tog
next row, grey, k2tog, k5, green, k2tog
next row grey k2tog, k3, k2tog

next row, ktog, k1, k2tog

Last row, double decrease.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

Parrot's picture

this sound right . . my guru

this sound right . . my guru at the LYS did this, I think . and it sounds like what she was telling me .. but it all sounded like mush to me and I certainly couldn't repeat her :(

fuzzed's picture

I'm not 100% sure with this,

I'm not 100% sure with this, but I'm thinking that as you come to the green stitches, knit the last of the gray stitches together with the first of the green. Then after you've knit the last green stitch, increase one with the first gray stitch. This increase will replace the gray stitch that got knit together with the first green stitch. The effect should be that it moves the green stitches over one stitch on the gray, and as you knit along the green should stay in the middle of the gray.

At least that's what I'm thinking... I've not tried it. *grin*