Natural Earth

So here is the next in my series of Soy-Wool-Strips cable scarves. This one differed in that I twisted one cable on row 1 and twisted the next cable on row 5. The original pattern had me twisting both at the same time every eight rows. In any case, this is the Natural Earth shade, and I'm in love with the colors. It's very autumn-esque.

I will point out in this picture a common problem I have with all my scarves. On the bind-off edge (the left-hand edge in the picture), it always kind of splays out a little bit. THe cast-on edge, as you can see, is straight and even with the edges of the scarf, but every time I bind-off, it bows out on both sides. I've tried doing my bind-offs change. I've tried doing them change. What can I do differently to fix this issue? I'd block them, but I don't have the foggiest idea how to do that. LOL


Kerry's picture

Your scarves are beautiful, I love the colour transitions.

YugiDean's picture

Thanx! Yes, I love this yarn, if you couldn't tell. In fact, I such spent money I don't have to acquire two shades of this yarn (natural russet and natural garden) that I didn't know existed. Ha! Thinking of felting the next one. We'll see!

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Bill's picture

how about knitting two stitches together...several times...during the bind off?
...thar would keep it from flaring.
you could do that in the pearl rows between the cables...

YugiDean's picture

sounds like a good idea. I'll try that on the next one. :-)

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright

KilgoreTrout's picture

When I was knitting a double-knit scarf last year, the wider bindoff was also a problem. I agree with knitting two together a few times.... another trick would be simply to use needles one or two sizes smaller for the last row and bind off

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machinarex's picture

You have excellent color choice, I have to say!

potterdc's picture

Hey Yugi,
Try binding off with smaller needles - that should help, too.

Jonathan in DC
wondering if those nice Republican senators from Idaho know how to knit?

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markpaul32's picture

I recently finished at scarf very similar to your cable scarf. It is a reversible cable pattern I found in a book. I did not use a scarf pattern and just went for it. The whole scarf was knit on a #7.

When it came to do the bottom edge I opted to do a 1-1/2" 1X1 rib on a #4. I also made sure to cast off tightly in a 1X1 rib. I have done this on several things and like the way it looks.

I love umbre self striping yarns! When I knit with them I just can't wait to get to the next color!
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Bill's picture

I was reading a pattern, yesterday...that recommends doing the first and last FOUR rows on a smaller prevent flare.