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Soho Scarf gets easier

The Soho Scarf is a pattern you can find right here, right now on this Knit Cafe Blog!  It’s free and ready to go!  It was designed to be simple.  A triangular shape scarf with no fussy patterning, just simple increases to make the shape and fun stripes – cause they’re fun! There are a few nice details; a slip stitch edge, and a defined centre spine.  Both of these are easy to do too!soho scarf2Because this is an easy project it is great for beginners to try. To make it even easier for these newbie knitters I have added some additional information to the original pattern in the form of tutorials.
That’s what I said tutorialS – there is more then one

M1 copyThere is a Slip Stitch Edge Tutorial,

and an Increasing Stitches Tutorial for both the “make one left” and the “make one right” that are used in the pattern.

There is also a Tutorial for Changing Colours When Striping.

No excuses now, you can do it. Find the pattern HERE.  If you have other questions about the pattern not covered by my clever tutorials – please let me know.

Happy scarf-making
Craftily yours

The 6 weeks of Xmas (Knit-Style) Part 1

Last year I started a tradition.
In the Knit Cafe’s newsletter just about 6 weeks before Christmas I started bombarding folks with emails.  One a week.  Each email containing many splendid ideas of what one might knit if one had the inclination to knit Christmas gifts for some of the near and the dear.  I thought I would share some of these thoughts with y’all too – dear blog readers.
So here is part 1 of The 6 Weeks of Xmas entitled “Hipster Scarves”

The Hitchhiker scarf is actually part of a series of 4 scarves.  All of them are knit in garter stitch, all of them asymmetrical.  Each has a slightly different trim, scalloped or ruffled, or eyeleted. The elongated triangular shape of this scarf makes it easier to tie up then many triangular shawls.  The garter stitch will make it a bit faster to knit.  You can download the scarf here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker for 2.50 EUR.  It is a beginner-ish/ intermediate pattern!

This is a pattern that combines two of the trends of the moment into one stylish item.  Blended are the triangular bandana scarf and the circular neck warmer. Presto /chango – the Bandana Cowl!  You can find this pattern on the purl bee website for free. Also a beginner-ish/ intermediate pattern! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bandana-cowl

The Smooth Edge – I think I love this cowl.  It is a long one so you can do a double wrap.  The stitch pattern is varied along its length. The patterning on this neck warmer resembles traditional woven herringbone and simple textured knitting. Skinnier at the back then the front this is made to be a comfortable fit. An Intermediate pattern by Veera Valimaki it is available for 2.50Eur here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smooth-edge

Similar in feeling is the Honey Cowl by Madeline Tosh.  Also a double wrapper, this cowl has the same simple pattern stitched throughout.  It is made gorgeous by employing Madeline Tosh yarns, which I highly recommend you do if you make this one.  The recipient will certainly thank you (especially when she throws it nonchalantly in the washer at the end of the chilly season, this yarn is Superwash). You can get this pattern for free here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-cowl

Summer Flies designed by Donna Griffin is written for worsted weight yarn.  I have seen it knit in lace weight and in fingering weight, which leads me to believe that DK and sport may also be on the table as options for this crescent-shaped shawlette.  I have also been told that this is a pleasure to knit.  It is a pattern that gathers no moss and rolls from one stitch pattern to another resulting in a no-pattern-fatigue outcome. Make this pretty shawl for the nostalgic, sentimental types on the knit-list. This is a more advanced pattern, find it for free here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-flies

Good for a boy, good for a girl.  It’s Pavement! It is a reversible cable scarf. We have the pattern by Jared Flood here at the Knit Café for $6.50.  Made with worsted weight yarn, this is an intermediate level pattern. You will have to read a cabling chart, but it’s a short one (only 4 rows).
Ingenious!  It’s a hat! No- it’s a scarf! No- it is Howlcat! and it is both.  Also available in sizes for the small ones on your list as well as the full sized.  …and another thing – this is a reversible item.  So you can choose two colours and have even more ways to wear your Howlcat. Amazing! Intermediate kntters can find this pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/howlcat for $5.50.

A free Knit Café pattern called the Soho Scarf can be found on our blog.  It is one of the oh-so-popular triangular-shaped scarves.  It is striped, so you can pick out two colours instead of just one which is double the fun.  This is a pretty simple pattern so give it a go.  Check out the Madeline Tosh Merino Light as an option to make your Soho Scarf.  It is delectable. https://torontoknitcafe.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/soho-scarf/

Happy knitting folks.  Tis the season! For real now.
Craftily yours

Soho Scarf

A pattern for you.
In commemoration of my trip to Purl Soho last May, where I got the yarn to make this triangular scarf I am calling this pattern Soho Scarf.

The scarf is made from MadelineTosh Merino Light which we have a pretty collection of in the store.  This is a a beauuuuuutiful yarn to work with.  So soft!  It is a one ply which makes it quite a unique fingering weight yarn, very delicate and subtle and so perfect for shawls and scarves.



All the materials for the Soho Scarf are available in a Knit Café Knit Kit with yarn and printed pattern  HERE

Materials: 2 colours Madelinetosh Merino Light 420 yds, 384 m each
pictured in Clover (main colour) and Sequoia (contrast colour).  I had much left over of Sequoia, probably enough to make  another scarf with it as the contrast colour again.
3.5mm circular needle 80cm
2 stitch markers

Gauge: 25 sts/ 10 cm (4 inches) in stocking stitch

Finished Dimensions: 122cm (48 inches) long, and 58cm (23 inches) deep

Pattern Notes: This scarf is made beginning at the neck edge and working towards the border.  4 increases every other row makes the triangular shape, two surrounding the mid point and one on each selvedge edge. There is a garter stitch border of 2 stitches along the selvedge and a wide garter stitch finale border.
Abbreviations: pm=place marker, Sl1=slip one, M1L=make one left, M1R= make one right, sm=slip marker, wyib=with yarn in back.

With contrast colour CO 5 sts
Row 1: Sl1, K1, pm, P1, pm, K2 (markers are added on this row around the mid stitch)
Row 2: Sl1, K1, M1L, sm, K1, sm, M1R, K2
Row 3: Sl1, K1, P3 (slipping markers), K2

Row 4: Sl1, K1, M1L, K to m, M1R, sm, K1, sm, M1L, K to last 2 M1R, K2
Row 5: Sl1, K1, P to last 2 sts (slipping markers) K2
repeat these rows once more (15sts) and change to main colour.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 with main colour
Repeat rows 4 and 5 with contrast colour
continue in this manner changing colours every 2 rows till scarf measures 48cm (19 inches) or desired length from CO, ending with main colour row.

Border is in garter stitch
Row 1: Sl1, K1, M1L, K to m, M1R, sm, Sl1 wyib, sm, M1L, K to last 2 sts, M1R, K2
Row 2: Sl1, K to m, sm, P1, sm, K to end
Repeat these 2 rows till border is 8cm (3.25 inches) or desired length.
BO loosely (use a crochet bind off or a larger needle)

Pattern Tutorials

Slipping Stitches
This scarf pattern has a narrow garter stitch border with a slip stitch edge. This is how I slipped my stitches to create a nice and neat flat edge of interconnecting V’s.

slip 1Insert your needle into the stitch like you would if you were purling it (from right to left)

slip 2Slip that first stitch off your left needle so it sits on the right.

slip 3
Before you move on… bring the working yarn in between the two needles from the front to the back position (like you would if you were changing from a purl stitch to a knit).  Now continue… you’ve slipped your stitch!

means make one left and here is how you do it.

m11Pick up the yarn that runs in between the two stitches

M12Put it on your left needle. The leg of the yarn in front of the needle should be a step ahead of the one hanging behind the needle.

M13Knit this new stitch through the back loop.  Knitting through the back loop tightens up the stitch and prevents a hole. This will certainly feel stiff!

stands for make one right and this is how you do it.M1R1Pick up the yarn in between the two stitches (see figure 1 for M1L) and put it on the left needle.  In this case the leg of the yarn in front of the needle should be bringing up the rear and the leg hanging behind the needle should be a step ahead.

M1R2Knit this new stitch through the front of the stitch like a regular ol’ knit.
This will also feel tight and awkward – this is how it should be!

Colour Changes

starting new colour copyWhen you first add your Main Colour Yarn you will want to maintain your slip stitch edge. This can be a bit confusing but it is easy!
Just slip your first stitch as always and reposition your working yarn in the back (as always).  Then knit your next stitch with your new colour!

When you already have both colours in play and you want to to switch from one to the other you can do so like this ↓

changing colours1Slip the first stitch and put the yarn in the back (like always)

changing colours 2Twist your yarn colours so they interlock by putting the previous row’s colour under the new colour. WHEN YOU SWITCH FROM ONE COLOUR TO ANOTHER KEEP YOUR TENSION VERY VERY LOOSE.  I can not stress this enough. This side of your work has a tendency to tighten up and you end up with a puckered edge, so err on the side of loosey-goosey .

soho scarf3

Good luck with your scarves one and all, and have fun too!

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Craftily yours