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Braided garter stitch scarf

Before braiding:
the scarf, before braiding

After braiding:
the scarf, after braiding

Pattern: http://www.irishlace.net/knitting/braidedgarterscarf.html
Ravelry page for pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/braided-garter-scarf

Dimensions: 77" by 7" (196cm by 18cm) (unbraided), 71" by 5" (180cm by 13 cm) (braided)

Needles: US 10½ / 6.5 mm

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky (100g, 137yds/125m)
3 skeins: one each of Bare, Taupe, Pewter

Base: I cast on 27 stitches in Taupe, and worked 11 rows of garter stitch.

Strands: I worked 9 stitches in Taupe, joined and worked 9 stitches in Bare, and joined and worked 9 stitches in Pewter.

I worked the three colors separately, but all on the same needle.

Top: When I felt the scarf was long enough, I broke all the strands and joined the Pewter yarn at the top of the Taupe. (This was so I wouldn’t get the two-colored purl effect on the right side.)

I worked 11 rows in Pewter, and cast off, using a sewn cast-off to match the long-tailed cast on.

General notes: I slipped the first stitch of each row to produce a neat selvage.

I braided the scarf after blocking. It’s easy enough to do: pretend that the ends are loose, and braid as normal. After every 4 or 5 twists, undo the twists at the bottom. (It’s like undoing a tangle in yarn. Except easier.)

I used nearly a full skein of each color. I had approximately 12g/15yds of the Taupe and Pewter left over, and the entire scarf weighs 250g, so I used about 75g of Bare.

I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to tack the crossings down.

It took me about a week to make this. (I'm not a fast knitter - perhaps 5 hours of knitting time, and a bit under an hour of finishing? 6 hours or so, then.) It was good no-eyes-needed knitting for watching the DVD of the 1995 Pride & Prejudice.



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 13th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you
I'm pleased with it.

(And if I get a few more projects done, I can justify buying more wool!)
Jun. 14th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you
(And if I get a few more projects done, I can justify buying more wool!)


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