Friday, September 21, 2007

First Pattern to share!

Some of you saw me knitting this scarf and asked for the specifics, so I decided to add them to the blog. I hope you like the pattern and give it a go!

The yarn is Tonalita by Trendsetter Yarns. It is a lovely wool (52%) and acrylic (48%) blend. It self stripes with soft, blended transitions that keep you waiting with baited breath for the next change. I purchased two balls in Pintetop, AZ this last weekend at Yarns and more. I also found it online at And I would check Kiwi if you are in Tucson. The new Tucson Yarn Co. doesn't carry it.

With size 10 1/2 needles, I cast on 25 stitches and knit the first row.

I then began the seed stitch pattern, slipping the first stitch as if to knit, knitting the next stitch, purling the next, etc... ending with a purl stitch. Then the next row, I did the same thing again. As you repeat the row with an odd number of stitches, you automatically are purling the knits and knitting the purls, and by slipping the first stitch knit wise and purling the last stitch on every row, you get a great smooth chain edge. So, to write in pattern-ese, it should go like this:

Tonalita scarf in seed stitch on size 10 1/2 needles.

CO 25 stitches

row one: knit

row two and all following: Sl first stitch knitwise, *k1, p1* repeat to end of row, ending with a purl stitch.

Knit in this fashion for two hundred yards of yarn, or two balls of Tonalita for a scarf that is 6 1/2 inches wide by 47 inches long. This size is great for under the coat, as it only comes to your waist, if you are short. For a longer scarf out of two balls, try narrowing it down to 15 stitches, or buy 3 balls.

Cast off gently, so as not to pull in edge. Tuck in trailing yarn with your favorite darning needle and wrap up!

If you put a comment on my blog with your first name and email address, I am going to put them all in a hat next Friday, Sept. 28th, and do a drawing. The winner will get 100 yards of my handspun yarn. I will post a picture of it tomorrow.! So post those comments! KC


LDSVenus said...

I love the seed and double seed stitch. It is what I prefer on borders :). I havent seen that yarn before I'll have to check it out, I love the graduated color changes, doesnt say what is in the blend does it? Anyway the scarf looks very good. :)

Delighted Hands said...

It looks like it is woven not knitted-very pretty and thanks for sharing the pattern!

Cate K said...

I really like this scarf and your method for explaining the seed stitch is so SIMPLE and clear! I had one of those "duh" I will certainly add this scarf to my to do list.


Marmee said...

Your blog is as wonderfully fascinating as your knitting!! What a great job you have done! I lived in Tucson for 3 years when I was in junior high (Pistor, I think it was)
anyway, awesome job, keep up the good work. I am adding you to my reader, hope to see more great posts soon.
Knit on and through all crisis!

Panhandle Jane said...

I love that scarf. Your blog is a great start as well. I'm going to check out your yarn recommendation. I'll check back here with you often to see what else you have. Feel free to check out mine.