Monday, February 25, 2008

Magically Simple Scarf

I first saw a scarf like this one knitted as a store sample in Ogden, Utah. If you purchased the yarn, the store threw the pattern in for free. This sales tactic worked. I bought the two hanks of Inca Alpaca it required for $8.00 each--a bargain, in my opinion, for such a luxuriously soft yarn.

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Two Color Inca Scarf
Yarn: 2 hanks Classic Elite Inca Alpaca (100% Alpaca)
Colors: 1124 (Blue), 1103 (Gray)
Needles: US 7
Size: 7" wide x 43.5" long
Started: 2/7/08
Finished: 2/19/08

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Scarf In Action

This was a very quick and easy scarf to knit. It utilizes a stitch pattern that I call the prayer shawl stitch. If it has an official name, I couldn't find it, but it's the same stitch used in this pattern. Simply k3, p3 on the first row and then purl the knits and knit the purls on the second row. Change colors every two rows and an intricate design of stripes, blocks and columns fall into place like magic. You will notice (first picture) the scarf begins and ends with three rows of regular 3 x 3 rib.

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Full Length View

This scarf is extremely soft with a nice drape; stretchy, but with plenty of memory to hold its shape; and completely reversible. All these qualities make it extremely versatile and will likely become one of my favorites to wear.

In fact, I will probably make it again. I think it would look good as a stash buster scarf, using lots of colors of whatever is on hand.

15 comments:

  1. It sure turned out nice:~D

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  2. Very nice scarf. It never occured to me to change colors when doing the Prayer Shawl. I have one on the needles right now that I knit on when my hands tire from knitting socks on #1s. I will have to try the color change trick to see what comes out.

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  3. I love it! What a great scarf!

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  4. That is a great pattern! Looks like it was fun to knit, too. Isn't it a little warm for TX? ;-)

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  5. Very pretty and looks so soft!

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  6. It's lovely. Thanks for sharing how to make it, too! :-)

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  7. SockPixie1:40 PM

    Very nice scarf!

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  8. In your first shot the gray really picks up the pink in your sweater. The pattern is very unique. Looks great!I notice that you have a tee shirt on! Must be warm. We are in for another snow storm. No tee shirts for me!

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  9. It looks lovely! The color combo, pattern and texture all look very alluring. Congrats.

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  10. Since I have never done two color knitting before does anyone have a site that I could take a look at on the net to give me a start?

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  11. Great looking scarf and thanks for the idea!

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  12. It's beautiful! I am constantly amazed at your ability to create such beautiful things so efficiently.

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  13. Anonymous9:46 PM

    This scarf looks GREAT! I'd like to learn how to carry the yarn up the sides to change color. Does anyone have a website to help me learn that?

    Thanks,
    knitcindy

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  14. Knitcindy,

    Since you only have to carry the yarn up two rows, I don't do anything special. Just drop one color and start knitting with the other. Perhaps there is a better way, but I've never bothered to check.

    Tracy

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy