December 31, 2008

Pretzels and Popcorn Scarf

Posted in patterns, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:21 am by Pink

So this is a scarf I came up with after playing with patterns in the Vogue cables stitchionary.

Hey, read me first!

  • Stitch numbers may be broken up oddly–e.g., k5, k5 instead of k10–that’s for no other reason than for how my brain organizes patterns. If you see something like that, it’s (probably) not a typo and just part of my brain tumblings.
  • The entire pattern is written for use without a cable needle. I can’t use them, they confuse the hell out of me, so I don’t. Cables are, in my brain, nothing more than sliding stitches off the needle and rearranging them back on in a certain orientation. The way I do cables is this:
    1. Look at the cable you want to do. Let’s use this one (http://honeybearshaven.com/knit/cable_scarf1.jpg). Not a chart, not the pattern, literally an image, if you have one.
    2. Remember that cables are just rearranged stitches. Look at your image. You see that the left cord is crossed over the right cord.
    3. Think about where you want the stitches to end up. In our example, we want the left stitches crossing on top of the right stitches.
    4. Take the stitches to be cabled off the left needle. So, for a cable made up of 6 stitches, you’d remove all six.
    5. Put the 3 rightmost stitches–the ones that were closest to the tip of the needle–back onto the left needle.
    6. Put the 3 leftmost stitches onto the left needle now, so that they’re on top of the right stitches.
    7. Knit all 6 stitches. Voila! You’ve just done a “six-stitch right front-cross cable.”
    8. Show off all your fancy stitches.
  • The pattern is symmetrical, everything should be in sets of two or even numbers (which really are just sets of two anyways!), except the middle stitch, which will always be a purl OR a bobble.
  • All cables use cords/columns/whatevers of 2 stitches. Every cable is 4 stitches wide of 2 2-stitch pieces, either KK or PP. If it’s not, something’s wrong.

Funky stitches used
(Between you and me, I don’t use these, I just look at the picture and do what looks right. For the visual purposes, x’s are purls, k’s are knits, capitals are in front.)
RFP: Take the next four stitches off the needle, and put the 2 purls back on the needle first and the 2 knits on in front of them. K2P2. pp/KK [vertically-symmetric opposite of LFP]
LFP: Take the next four stitches off the needle, and put the 2 knits back on the needle first and the 2 purls on it behind them. P2K2. KK\pp [vertically-symmetric opposite of RFP]RK: Take the next four stitches off the needle, and arrange the stitches such that the 2 right knits are behind the 2 left stitches. K4. kk/KK [vertically-symmetric opposite of LK]
LK: Take the next four stitches off the needle, and arrange the stitches such that the 2 right knits are on top of the 2 left stitches. K4. KK\kk [vertically-symmetric opposite of RK]

MB: Knit into front, then back, then front of same stitch. You should now have 3 stitches on your right needle. Turn, p3. Turn, k3. Turn, p3. Turn, SSSK (slip all 3 stitches onto the right needle, insert left needle into front of loops, knit all together).

K#: Knit # stitches.
P#: Purl # stitches.

Pattern repeat
Cast-on: 45 stitches, long-tail cast-on (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on) I did 3 rows straight knit after the cast-on, just for neatness sake, but they’re not necessary by any means.

0 (WS): k4, k5, p4, k2, p2, [k11], p2, k2, p4, k5, k4
A little overexplanation: The K4 at the beginning and end of this row sets up your border. Knit stitches set up your background, purls set up your cable cords. This made a big difference to me in understanding the pattern, so I figured I’d pass it on.
1 (RS–all odd rows are RS): k3, p2, p2, RFP, LFP, k2, [p11], k2, RFP, LFP, p2, p2, k3
2 and all WS rows after: k5, “make stockinette” across [anytime the stitch is a bump, purl; anytime it’s smooth and looks like stockinette, knit. (This means any stitch you purled on the RS you knit on the WS and vice versa)], k5.
3: k3, p2, RFP, p4, LK, [p11], RK, p4, LFP, p2, k3
5: k3, p2, k2, p4, RFP, LFP, [p7], RFP, LFP, p4, k2, p2, k3
7: k3, p2, LFP, RFP, p4, LFP, [p3], RFP, p4, LFP, RFP, p2, k3
9: k3, p2, p2, RK, p8, k2, [p3], k2, p8, LK, p2, p2, k
11: k3, p2, RFP, LFP, p4, RFP, [p3] , LFP, p4, RFP, LFP, p2, k3
13: k3, p2, k2, p4, LFP, RFP, [p7], LFP, RFP, p4, k2, p2, k3
15: k3, p2, LFP, p4, LK, [p5, MB in next stitch, p5], RK, p4, RFP, p2, k3
17: k3, p2, p2, LFP, RFP, k2, [p11], k2, LFP, RFP, p2, p2, k3
19: k3, p2, p4, RK, RFP, [p5, MB in next stitch, p5], LFP, LK, p4, p2, k3
21: k3, p2, p4, k2, LK, [p15], RK, k2, p4, p2, k3
23: k3, p2, p4, RK, LFP, [p5, MB in next stitch, p5], RFP, LK, p4, p2, k3

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