Monday, January 28, 2008

Labyrinth Scarf

I finished the Labyrinth Scarf...twice.

Take One

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The contrast color I chose was some leftover Manos del Uruguay in persimmon. I thought I would like the bold color against the drab brown and at first I did, but after a couple of days, I knew it wasn't really me. The brown and orange combo kept bringing me back to the early 1970s and the thick and thin nature of the yarn wasn't helping to create a clean finish to the bound off edges. The only thing to do was to rip out the orange yarn and replace it with something else.

Take Two

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This time I went with a yarn that was uniformly spun and less dramatic in contrast to the brown. It's a more modern color combo too. I like this version a lot.

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Labyrinth Scarf
Design by Lynne Barr
Knitting New Scarves

Yarn: Hand Spun Shetland Wool and Brown Sheep Nature Spun

Color: Brown and Ecucalyptus

Needles: US 10 DPNs

Construction:
This scarf is knitted in the round. Every few rounds a yarn slit is constructed (like you might do to add a pocket to a sweater) and the stitches are held on waste yarn. To finish, the waste yarn is removed one slit at a time placing the live stitches on two double pointed needles. Beginning with the lower needle the stitches are bound off with a contrasting color yarn. A few stitches are picked up on the side to bring the cast-off edging up to the upper needle. This process is repeated until all stitches are bound off in one continuous edge that snakes up the entire length of the scarf. Clear instructions and step-by-step pictures are included in the book.

I really enjoyed knitting this creative scarf, even if it did take me two tries to get it right.

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22 comments:

  1. Good for you for not tossing it in the corner with a big sigh. I think it came out great the second time ;o)

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  2. LOVE the second!

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  3. What a great scarf! I agree with your choice. The blue looks wonderful!

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  4. I like the orange/brown combo until you mentioned the 70s. The blue/brown is much more modern and it's a great scarf on you.

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  5. I like the colors on the second scarf better but they all look really neat. I have never seen a scarf that looks like that before.

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  6. Good call! Very modern and it looks fabulous on you, Dahling!

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  7. That pattern is new to me. Very cool and I love your more modern color combo!

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  8. Really like the second one! BTW I've nominated you for your excellence in blogging! You rock!:~D

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  9. Ahhh so pretty:-)Love the colors!

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  10. Sounds like an interesting pattern.
    Both are cute but you made the right choice, I like the second one better.

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  11. Wow! It's beautiful! And a fascinating pattern.

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  12. That's beautiful! I am glad to see it on someone, very inspiring.

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  13. The blue looks really nice on you. It compliments your eyes. Nice choice. Very interesting pattern.

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  14. Very nice, I love the new colour combo. I'm working on a hat with similar colours...I just hope my hat has as much of that nice contrast as your scarf.

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  15. The scarf is gorgeous and it looks fantastic on you! I always love blue and brown together.

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  16. Nice!! Even though I love orange, your second choice is way better. Very pretty.

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  17. Wow! The blue and brown together are very chic, but the other scarf will be nice in the fall too. Beautiful!

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  18. Very pretty! Reminds me of those Christmas ribbon candies!

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  19. It turned out gorgeous! And the coloring of the second one is perfect for you!

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  20. Wow! Love the second version! Is that blue yarn knit during or after the scarf is completed? Did you rip out the whole scarf to use the blue? Beautiful.

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  21. LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! Soooo nice!

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  22. What a fun scarf! May it keep you nice and cozy. :)

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~Tracy