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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

blocking

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Happy Veteran's Day!

Saint Albans Scarf by Smariek Knits

St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf
Click here to download St. Albans Scarf Chart

Note: Chart last updated 6 March 2009 to correct typos in definitions for BC and FC.

Here is my latest scarf, the St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf. This is Scarf #15 in my series of cable scarves. I've decided that this will be my winter scarf this year. I used my favorite yarn, Elann Luxury Merino Superwash, in ruby red color. The scarf is knit in two halves and grafted at the center so that the center cable panel will be right-side-up when the ends hang down the front. It measures 72" x 7.5" (183 cm x 19 cm); 9" wide after blocking (23 cm).

I started with the heart-shaped valentine cable for my center cable panel, then decided that the best cable panel to pair up with this would be the XO cable. The other little mini-honeycomb panel was chosen so that the design would not compete with the other two cable panels. I think this would make a nice Valentine Scarf.

I was going to wait until tomorrow to block the scarf because I wanted to do it when Missy was not at home. As you can see, I changed my mind. :-) I hurriedly (read: sloppily) pinned out the center cable panel with my daughter "helping". I was nervous the whole time about her poking herself (or me!) with the quilting pins.

Oh, did you notice something strange about the way I blocked the scarf? Are the pins running down the inside of the scarf? You're not hallucinating. I didn't pin it out at the edges. I only wanted to block the center cable panel to make the heart motif "bloom" and show better. Is it too unorthodox to block only a small section? I did not want to block the other cable panels because I liked the way they looked unblocked.

The Chart is available for download now. Row-by-Row Instructions will be available for download soon.

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7 stitch(es):

Marianne said...

Wow, what a Beauty! Thank you!
As to your blocking style on this scarf, why not? Looks like it works wonderfully well.

CatBookMom said...

Brava! Blocking is meant to open up the pattern as you want it to be.

Joan said...

Another beauty, Marie! And what a rare treat---something knit by you for you. ;-p

Claudia said...

You are so amazing. I really don't know how you do it. I still don't work well with charts, so I'll be waiting for the directions and definitely work this one. Congratulations on another winner.

pdxknitterati said...

Beautiful! I like the sweetheart theme, with the xoxo. Enjoy your beautiful scarf!

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Oh Marie, that is so sweet!!! I'm glad you are keeping this one.

hakucho said...

B E A U T I F U L :)