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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two halves make a whole (I hope)

Scarf, that is. The Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf from Purl Bee.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I took a short break from my embroidery work (finished two tea towels and just can’t decide on which pattern to start next) to finish up this scarf that I started some months back. I lost interest in finishing it for a while since I knew I would not be wearing this wool scarf in the spring or summer. Plus, I loved working the lace pattern but when it got to the second straight stockinette stitch I was quite frankly bored. Ho hum; knit this row/purl the next. Do I also need to mention I was not looking forward to

doing

learning the kitchener stitch to join it together?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Anyway, what jump-started me to finish was a knitting buddy who lives in New York. We haven’t seen each other for quite some time and she suggested lunch and a trip to the yarn shop in Cornwall, New York that is equal distance to each of us. The light bulb went off in my head that I should finish so I could have some help in grafting my two halves together into a whole. TODAY is the day!

I have watched several different teaching videos of the kitchener stitch and even practiced on scrap yarn about four times. Although I think I know how to do the stitch, I have not been completely happy with my results. It looks a little bumpy to me. After all that work on the scarf I certainly don’t want it ruined by my ineptitude! And with 61 stitches on each needle, that’s a lot of kitchener-ing around! So I am seeking professional help from both my knitting buddy and the yarn shop.

Wish me luck!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Edited to add:
I did not use the cashmere! Just a 100% wool.

Late day update: Well, I didn’t get the scarf grafted together just yet. The yarn shop was crazy busy and she didn’t have time. But, I did have her look at my scraps that I grafted together and we decided I was doing the stitch correctly but probably just had too much tension. So, back to practice again and this time I’ll try to leave it much looser!

Comments:

Looks lovely.  I was going to say kichenering is no big deal, but I have only done so with socks and dishclothes, both where it really doesn’t matter.  Well, once on a scarf but the pattern wasn’t so smooth.  Good luck.

I have been loving your posts.  I don’t have the opportunity to comment as often though.  Work just makes things different now.

Wow!  Really pretty!  I only do stockinette and garter, so I am always impressed by beautiful patterns.  Good luck on the joining!

That’s a very pretty scarf. Would three-needle bind off work instead of kitchenering?

Thanks Becky, Jan & Mary!
Becky: I really l don’t want it to show even though that part will always be in the back of my neck. My stitches ended up with a raised seam on the back side.

Jan: this was an easy pattern. I bet you could do it!

Mary, alas, I don’t know how to do a three-needle bind off either. Would that show?

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