hatshatshats & a request.

So far, I am on line with my "hat a day" programme: Thus far, I have made 15 hats, so I am a couple days ahead. I have gotten all my "Early Valentine's gifts: (aka Late Christmas gifts) out sans the sweaters I am making for my folks. I have paid my Chiropractor for 3 sessions on my back with a hat per each session (who needs Canadian Nationalized Health care...I just pay in manipulated yarn) and my Masseur with a scarf. So, here's the rub: I have a valentine's scarf to send, and I want a fabulous pattern that I can knit in a couple days (I knit very fast). So, I need suggestions. Please note, FABULOUS.....I keep doing the same very nice but hardly mind blowing double seed stitch variations in my chasse method. What are y'all's favorite patterns~ something that you'd like to get as a valentine. Thanks much


Bill's picture

I just got an issue of a 'new' knitting magazine called...Creative Knitting (March 2007)...in it is an evening jacket...knitted with Glimmer yarn (Caron International) done in "column stitch"...
looks like twisted I cord/cables...
looks like it would be a great scarf...I'm going to try it soon....

I like Marnie's patterns myself. I am working on the Nautilus hat with the eyelets but with a manly length at the moment. I may have to frog and start over though. I can't count apparently. :)

Patterns are here: http://www.mlminspirations.com/patterns/index.html

Oh and the Shedir as shown here: http://www.menwhoknit.com/node/2029 is very very nice!

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I suppose that it depends on how you define FABULOUS. I have a scarf on the needles that's simple brioche stitch - simple enough, but thick and warm and the yarn (Briar Rose Fibers' 4th of July) is what's really fabulous about it. Or what about the Irish Hiking Scarf? No real technical challenge to it, and it looks nice.

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I really like the stitch pattern Mario provided. It's simple, knits up quickly and would look fabulous especially if you use a fabulous bulky weight yarn. Basically the scarf pattern I used is:
Cast on multiple of 4 stitches, plus 3.
Knit 6 rows garter stitch.
Then, knit pattern row of K3, *YO, K2tog, K2, (repeat from *)
... that's it.

I knit one scarf in Valentine red (see my posting) using 19 stitches on US # 15 needles. And now, I'm knitting a second scarf using only 17 cast on stitches.

- Tom

Do that Vine Lace pattern I've mentioned so often. It's a one-liner, 9 stitches to the pattern, purl every other row, and offset the pattern every other row with a half drop. Simplicity itself and very flashy. Shouldn't take you more than a few days to whip it out. (Unfortunate reference . . . . sorry. I meant: to knit it up . . . /-))

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Two striking reversible patterns I've used for scarves as presents recently
and wouldn't mind for myself:

The twin rib from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury of Stitches + a two edge border stitch (The actual edge stitch is my interpretation of a German selvedge from Mon Tricot's book of 1100 patterns published in the 1970s).

Row 1:
k1 tbl, k1 (k3p3) 4 times, k1 s1 wyib
Row 2:
k1 tbl, k1 (k1p1) 12 times, k1 s1 wyib

Repeat these two rows until scarf is the desired length. If you knit this in a bulky yarn (about 3 stitches to the inch)
you'll get a scarf that is a bit less than 8 inches wide, depending on the softness and elasticity of the yarn.

I've made two of them, one with baby alpaca, and the other with Lamb's pride.

tbl = through back loop (or the most forward leg of the stitch)
s1 = slip 1
wyib = with yarn in back


A travelling diagonal stripe with a garter stitch border

Row 1: k4, (k3p3) 3 times, k4
Row 2: k4, (p3k3) 3 times, k4
(just work the stitches as they come except for the 4 border stitches)
then for the next 3 odd numbered rows shift the k3p3 pattern over to the left one by inserting a purl stitch,
then for the next 3 odd numbered rows
continue shifting the k3p3 pattern to the left by one by inserting a knit stitch. Repeat these 12 rows.


V indicates knit and
- indicates purl
on the 'front' side of the fabric
(the back looks the same, only the
diagonal moves to the right):

----V---VVV---VVV---VV---- 12
----VV---VVV---VVV---V---- 10
----VVV---VVV---VVV------- 08
-----VVV---VVV---VVV------ 06
------VVV---VVV---VVV----- 04
-------VVV---VVV---VVV---- 02

This one was executed with Lamb's pride
and was about 8 inches wide.

For interest on other scarves you could
turn this into a zig-zag or chevron by reversing the rows from 6 back to 1 and then back to 6.... or 12 back to 1 then back to 12.


Try cutting and pasting that diagram in my previous post into Notepad, and using a fixed-width font like courier to get a better idea of how it looks.