project in progress: Half-herringbone scarf

This is a scarf I'm knitting for one of the two people who gave me instruction and encouragement when i was knitting. Actually, Alison was the one who gave me her old needles (she switched to crochet) and taught me the knit stitch.

It is a "half-herringbone fagoting" stitch, which is [k, yo, k2tog]. The "herringbone fagoting" stitch has an extra knit stitch, which makes the spines thicker and lie flatter.

The yarn is Encore Colorspun yarn. This is done on size 10 needles.

The thick threads sticking out the sides are lifelines. All my projects have two lifelines I leapfrog.

I actually mentioned this in a post in Michael Thompson's post about his finished Irish Summer Shawl. His is on size 17 needles, so there is a difference in the openness of the stitches. (And, yes, I'm just now getting around to posting this.)


EDIT: As ihiker kindly pointed out: The yarn is worsted weight, though in my limited experience it seems a bit on the thin side of worsted. The work is done on size 10 needles. the fagoting stitches usually look good on slightly larger needles, and I'm a tight knitter.

Thank you.

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michaelpthompson's picture

That's cool Mike. One of the things I struggled with was losing concentration and forgetting which part of the stitch I was on, or finding at the end of the row that my count was off. I had to tink out a couple of places and on one or two I wasn't sure I had got it right, so there are places where the ladders don't quite line up. Looks like you've managed to avoid that. Glad to see it. I'm getting better at that kind of concentration, like some 2x2 ribbing I'm doing on a sock cuff right now. Hope it continues to improve.

Your scarf looks brilliant.

BTW, I did a hat to match the scarf with US13 Circular needles. Put a pom pom on top and a ribbed band to stretch around the head. Didn't take a photo, but it's the same yarn and stitch.

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

akkamaddi's picture

"One of the things I struggled with was losing concentration"

I have two lifelines in this, as I do everything I do. I haven't quite got the hang of tinking, and tinking yo's and k2tog's just doesn't work for me yet. There is a little "character" to the scarf (the woman I'm giving this to calls mistakes "character"), but they are mild. When I've mangled the stitches, I pull back to the lifeline. I've done that a few times.

Also, when doing k2tog's, be sure to use a thicker lifeline. (I'm partial to the raw hemp cord.) I started using suture thread, but the k2tog's suck the thread right through the stitch, and things start to get ugly.

As for the hat, how did you manage the decreases? Did you do to together to essentially fuse two columns into one?

michaelpthompson's picture

I'm trying to envision how the lifelines work, but that sounds like a great idea. The tinking was definitely a challenge in this context, and my shawl had some "character" as well. (I've used that same term myself for quite a while.)

On the hat, I actually didn't do any decreases. I did it much like I do hats on a knitting loom and just gathered it all at the top. It's not as smooth that way, but I had already gone through several variations to figure out how to use this stitch pattern on a hat, and I was in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't have time to figure out decreases. I would love to hear any ideas on how to do decreases in this pattern. Everything is in multiples of three, and the decreases would have to match that, but how would you do it so the "ribbing" isn't messed up? I guess your idea of "fusing" the two columns would be the way. I'll have to try it.

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

akkamaddi's picture

I'm not sure how to do a lifeline on a loom. On needles, you use a yarn needle or other heavy needle and run the lifeline along the underside of the needle, through the loops. You go through the entire piece. If you have to use it, the lifeline stops the ripping at the first loop on the line. You then re-needle it, going towards the side with the yarn hanging off.

I would imagine on the loom you run it through the loops, always going the same way (bottom-to-top or top-to-bottom, never used a loom).