Saturday, March 3, 2012

Noro Striped Scarf of AWESOMENESS! Alternate Pattern

***Link To Ravelry Project Page***

------ This is pretty much the exact same basic pattern as the Noro Striped Scarf of AWESOMENESS! The changes that I made for this one include doing a couple more increases on the neck edge. This will make the neck edge get a little longer, a little quicker. I like the idea of that so it will be easier to wrap around the neck, with out having so much fabric in the front. The changes will be made in PURPLE through out the pattern.

Yarn- 2 balls of Noro Kureyon Sock or Noro Silk Garden Sock in 2 different colorways
--- You can sub in an alternate yarn in the same weight or use what you want but adjust the needle size to work with your yarn weight.

Needles- US4 circular with a long cord so the stitches are not all jammed together

Notions- Stitch markers, yarn needle

Skills Needed- Cast on, Picking up stitches, Make1L increase (m1L), Make1Right increase (m1R), Yarn over, Cast off
-M1L on the purl side
-M1R on the purl side (MY instructions for this will be at bottom of pattern)

--This pattern is knit in stocking knit stitch, so knitting and purling alternate rows

-- Start by making a garter tab--
- Cast on 3 stitches in colorway number one.
- Knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
- Knit those 3 stitches, then pick up 3 stitches from the side of the knitting and then 3 stitches from the cast on edge (9 stitches on needle)
-Wrong side of scarf/set up row- K2, P2, pm (place marker), P1, pm, P2, K2
- Right side of scarf- *K2, m1L, K2, m1R, sm (slip marker), slip stitch, sm, m1L, K2, M1R, K2
- K2, P4, sm, P1, sm, P4, K2*
-Repeat from * to * for as many rows as you would like of the first colorway. You can do a few or a bunch, it is totally up to you!
---When you want to bring in the new colorway start on a right side row leaving the first colorway yarn dangling start knitting with the new one, following the pattern from * to * the same as before. ALTERNATE PATTERN- after the first K2 stitches on the WRONG SIDE rows do a M1L (but purling the stitch not knitting) Continue to purl across row until you are at the last 2 knit stitches. M1R (but purling not knitting), K2 last stitches. So for the alternate pattern you will be increasing on BOTH SIDES (right and wrong) of the scarf on ONLY the SECOND COLOR rows. You can continue to do the increasing on just the right side rows while using the first colorway. If you want to do the purl bump row while using the second colorway just so regular M1L and M1R's on both right side and wrong side of scarf. Knit those 2 rows in pattern then drop that yarn and pick back up the first colorway. PLEASE make sure to carry the yarn up the side LOOSELY so that edge does not pull in!!!
----A trick that I used to keep it loose was, in between those first 2 KNIT stitches of every row do a yarn over. When you get to that spot on the next row DO NOT KNIT THE YARN OVER just drop it. The extra yarn will just make those edge stitches looser. It works like a dream. I do it on both sides just so it is easier for me to keep in that pattern.

---The stitch in between the markers gets slipped every right side row and purled on the wrong side rows. This gives a wicked column running up the center of your scarf.

----The purl bumps are made by knitting a row on the "wrong side" instead of purling it. I did mine randomly when I felt like it or if I really loved the color that I was knitting. Have some fun with it! Show that yarn off!

- Keep knitting in pattern switching yarns every 2 rows until your scarf is big enough for your liking. Try it on (on scrap yarn if your circular needles are not big enough) and see if you like how long the "neck edge" is, if it wraps enough around. If yes then start on border, if not then keep knitting!

I prefer the look of a solid garter stitch border. It gives a nice solid edge to the scarf and best of all, when knit long enough it keeps the edge from curling. Feel free to substitute in any sort of edging you like. Make it your own!
- Using only 1 colorway now (you can cut the other yarn off leaving a nice tail to weave in) keeping with the increase pattern in between the * to * knit BOTH rows until your border is as wide as you want it. Mine are about 2- 3 inches wide. I also like to continue to do the center slipped stitch through out the border.
- Weave in ends and you are done!

--- Instructions for M1L/R while purling---
If you do not already know how to do M1L/R follow the "increases" link on the right hand side of the blog to
M1L---- Lift the bar as you usually would for a M1R, purl into the FRONT of the stitch
M1R---- Lift the bar as you usually would for a M1L, purl into the BACK of the stitch. This can be a little tricky and I usually use my fingers to help push the yarn and needles around to do what I want them to do! PLEASE NOTE that this is how I do it, and if it doesn't seem right them definitely do whatever increases you are comfortable with. I think it looks good and seems to work for me. GOOD LUCK!

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