Help with a pattern or how to...

I was in a workshop today (unfortunately not a knitting workshop) and the woman in front of me had a scarf hanging on her chair that intrigued me. Instead of listening to the presenter, I found myself drawing out the pattern on my paper trying to conceptualize how it was knit. I told her that I loved her scarf and asked if she would be ok with me taking a picture. I confessed that I was a knitter and wanted to consider trying to knit it. She smiled and said yes. So, I am asking you all for a little assistance in how you think this could be done. Of course the scarf she had was commercially made, but I really do love it and I think that after the next few projects are done, I may consider trying it. I'm attaching the two pictures I took on my phone today. The scarf looks knit to me, and is many colors. It also has interesting detail in that the colors run in columns rather than in rows. Then the columns in between the solid colored columns are every other row of the color on the sides. There is fringe on the ends of the scarf as you can see in one of the pictures, but it isn't just yarn, it's actually i-cords. The scarf appears to be knit directly off the live ends of the i-cords. I think I can figure out how to make all of the i-cords thanks to some great YouTube videos, but I'm not sure how to begin knitting since I would be using alternating colors in the first row. Maybe this isn't exactly possible, but I'm hoping it is and that you can help. Let me know your thoughts.

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the pictures are a little fuzzy but it looks to me that rather than being knit off of the i-cords, the i-cords are the core and the stitches hold the i-cords in place. I've never seen this before so I realy have no idea.


michaelpthompson's picture

I don't know how they did it, but it is cool looking.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

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It looks like each line is knit with two strands in each column, even the ones of one color, so each row has a lot of yarns hanging out, the fringe defintiely looks like it is a two stitch I-Cord

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Ya know............ I don't know. But what comes to mind is what kept you from just asking her??? I bet you dollars to doughnuts she would have jumped at the chance to tell you all about it and even tell you more than you might care to know!

I hope you find out. It's good looking and when you do... I'll ask you!

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albert's picture

It looks like the icords were done first, then caught up in the knitting row by row somehow?

MMario's picture

Looks like I-cord woven through an eyelet fabric to me.

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JodyLongKnits's picture

Ok this one its easy here's how it's done. You use dpn's to make all the I-cords by casting on 3sts then knit 1 row. slip these sts onto another dpn and knit the next row pulling yarn across the back tightly to form a tube. repeat this until desired length. last row K3tog (knit all sts together = 1st and lay aside for now. work all the I-cords in the same way. then change to straight needles and intarsia the rest or slip every alternate row where you want the colour to stay the same as the last row. (looking at the picture it's done by the slipping method and not fairisle or intarsia)

When scarf is desired length do not break off yarn then KFBF into next st (knit into front,back then front of next stitch + 3 sts then do as before using dpn's then when i cord is desired length break off yarn leaving an end thread through rem sts, pull up tightly and fasten ends off in I-cord to hide it.

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