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Friday, December 28, 2007

Winterbourne Scarf

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Note: Photos shows scarf unblocked. I still haven't gotten around to finding some rust-proof pins for blocking.

I finally got cabling out of my system and was ready to do some simple knit/purl knitting. I've always been drawn to stitch patterns with seed stitch or moss stitch in them because they look so nice, despite how tedious it can be to work them. So when I saw the Square Lattice pattern from Barbara Walker Treasury #2 several years ago, I knew I had to do something with it. Well, I finally sat down and knitted it. And I was pleased with the results too. There have been times when I would see a stitch pattern in a book that looked nice on paper but I didn't quite work up after I knitted it up, so it's always a pleasant surprise when a pattern works up well in actual knitting. This pattern is not reversible, however the back side is not unattractive either, it just looks like seed stitch squares without the lattice you see on the front side



The stitch pattern in BW2 is given in row-by-row instructions. I translated this into a chart and used this to create it. The chart below is not for the scarf you see here; I created the chart a long time ago back when I was knitting the scarf with a different lighter/thinner yarn. So this chart is designed for a 54 stitch wide scarf, not the 40 stitch wide scarf you see in the photos. The chart also shows 6 rows of top/bottom seed stitch border instead of the 7 rows you see in the scarf above. Both versions have a 5-stitch seed stitch side border; I chose 5 stitches to match the 5-stitch wide seed stitch squares in the main pattern. I'm leaving this chart here for anyone who is interested, and I plan on re-doing a new chart for the 40 stitch wide scarf when I have more free time.



This scarf was knit in Elann's Superwash Merino DK, 4 balls. My unblocked scarf is 8.5 inches wide and 5 feet long. I used most of the 4th ball, so a 5th ball would be needed for a much longer scarf. This yarn is pretty soft for a machine washable yarn. I think the softness varies between the colors. The Capri Blue color which I used in my Bernadette Scarf was the softest. Then it's a toss up between the Tapestry Blue color I used in this Winterbourne Scarf and the Regency Rose color I used for my Regina Scarf. I have a few more other colors of this yarn, it will be interesting to see how soft those ones are.

I know, my last 3 scarves were knit in the same yarn, Elann Superwash Merino. You might even start to suspect I'm in a yarn rut. But I must tell you that this is not completely true. I originally started this scarf with some Elann Baby Cashmere fingerling weight yarn (also in Tapestry Blue color) in an attempt to find a non-lace application for this specific yarn (which I have tons of). I worked it up a bit and did not like the results. I have tons of Baby Cashmere and I'm afraid I will have to use it for lace-only applications.

I think this pattern would make a lovely baby blanket. I can imagine knitting one, however I am smart enough to know I should not start any big projects like that since I am still not finished with the baby blanket I started over 2 years ago; I've added about 5 to 6 rows since the photo here.

Stitches used in this pattern include:
Seed Stitch, BW1 pg 11
Square Lattice, BW2 pg 7





Winterbourne Scarf pattern is given below in row-by-row instructions; this is the 40-stitch scarf you see in the photos. There are two chart links below, one for the wider 54-stitch scarf (the scarf I started out with but never completed because I didn't like how it worked up in the yarn I used) and the other for the 40-stitch scarf (the scarf you see in the photos).


Winterbourne Scarf Pattern:
Winterbourne Scarf Pattern from Box.net (no registration required, just click on link & save file)

Click here to download 40-stitch wide Winterbourne Scarf Chart.
Click here to download 54-stitch wide Winterbourne Scarf Chart.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE 40-STITCH WIDE CHART:

  • Even numbered rows are RS rows, they are read from right-to-left.
  • Odd numbered rows are WS rows, they are read from left-to-right.
  • Blank squares mean Knit on RS rows, Purl on WS rows.
  • Dot squares mean Purl on RS rows, Knit on WS rows.
  • Cast on 40 stitches. Work rows 1 to 7. Repeat rows 8 to 25 for pattern, knit until desired length, ending with row 23. Then work rows 26 to 32.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING THE 54-STITCH WIDE CHART:

  • Odd numbered rows are RS rows, they are read from right-to-left.
  • Even numbered rows are WS rows, they are read from left-to-right.
  • Blank squares mean Knit on RS rows, Purl on WS rows.
  • Dot squares mean Purl on RS rows, Knit on WS rows.
  • Cast on 54 stitches. Work rows 1 to 6. Repeat rows 7 to 24 for pattern, knit until desired length, ending with row 22. Then work rows 25 to 30.


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4 stitch(es):

Connie said...

This is beautiful! I love seed stitch too, even though it's a pain to knit!

hakucho said...

Very pretty scarf. I really like the texture of it. Yes, it would make a lovely baby blanket. You have to get going and finish the baby blanket that you've stalled on. It would be a shame to leave it unfinished :)It's beautiful and it's just waiting for someone to love it :)

happy knitting :)

xina said...

I just finished this one - took a bit longer than I thought with all the seed stitch. I used caron simply soft and it made a beautiful wide scarf. Thanks for all the gorgeous patterns!

clara said...

Just beautiful. I've been looking for a scarf pattern for my father-in-law. May I ask what size needle did you use?