Wednesday, November 5, 2008

one hour scarf - knitted version - takes two hours

fence

This one is for those of you who love the idea of the one hour scarf, but don't crochet.

(click here to see the original crochet version)

There's only one problem... it takes two hours!

Well, it took me two hours... and I am an experienced knitter. However, even at two hours it is still a speedy option. My finished scarf is approximately 160cm x 9cm

yarn

I have used 8.0mm needles and three strands of yarn worked together

cast on 160 stitches

row 1 - slip 1, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1

row 2 - slip 1, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

repeat these two rows, until work measures 9cm

cast off (loosely)

closeup

You might prefer to work flat using circular needles for this project, given the number of stitches you will be working with. My preference is for straight needles, but if you use them.. be prepared for your needles to be full up like these ones.

needles

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello!

I am a crocheter and I love the look of loose stitches. Do you think I could use the three strands for a loose stitch? I am using a 20" crochet hook.

~Renee

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh beautiful! I could whip that up while watching the news coverage tonight. I'll be linking to this!

Crafty Gardener said...

The colour combinations look great. I'm not a big fan of circular needles either.

Iggle Piggle (aka Jacqui) said...

Looks so earthy and warm. Nice and quick too.

Christianne Burrage said...

Just wondering, do you have to do it with that many length wise? couldn't you do like, 10 and just make it longer? or would that take longer?

laughing purple goldfish said...

renee - you can do anything you like :) just play around a little with the three strands, and see if you like the effect... you might want to drop back to only two strands, or go up to four strands... or the three might be just right! experiment and see what you prefer

rachel - much appreciated... have fun with your scarf!

crafty gardener - yay! another fan of straights! I was starting to feel like I was the only one out there still using them :)

jacqui - thanks... we LOVE quick!

christianne - absolutely you could work it the other way... you will obviously need to turn your work more often which makes the process a bit stop/start, whereas when you work a long row you pick up a nice rhythm... but it all comes down to personal preference.

the way you are suggesting is better for a beginner, since they have less stitches to worry about losing! and also you can try the scarf on and determine the exact length you want it to be

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Melania Szinger said...

IS that 2hr non-stop? I suppose.. Guess it'll take me 2 days, with breaks in between.

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Sam said...

Great! A scarf for everyday of the week. It does look like a lot of stitches on the needle, but I'm game :-)

Love the colours.

CheapJordans23.com said...

Nice pictures....neat blog.

Sassy Scrubs.com said...

Wow - this scarf is beautiful. Wish mine would come out like this! I should just stick to sewing.

laughing purple goldfish said...

jesse - thank you, I will check it out

melania - yes... non-stop :)

sam - I think I knit it up so quickly, because I didn't want to put my needles down - just in case those stitches started flying off :)

jordans - thanks

sassy scrubs - ah... well... you see.. I can knit, but sewing is a bit of a disaster for me !

Everyday Housewife said...

Wow, nice scarf there. Wish I could knit that fast or that neat. I always have problems with the edge, rather untidy so knitting scarves is out for me.

laughing purple goldfish said...

everyday housewife - I always slip the first stitch of each row when working a scarf... it helps neaten the edge... have you tried that?

Everyday Housewife said...

TQ for that reminder. My mum taught me that 20 yrs ago, but having left of knitting for so long, I forgot about that tip.

Alex said...

Beginning knitter here! I'd love to try this project and see something come together quickly. When you say the yarn is worked together do you twist it all together or just keep the three strands side by side as you manipulate it? Thanks!

laughing purple goldfish said...

alex... you don't need to twist the yarns together... just work from all three balls at the same time (pretending that they are one yarn)

if you find this difficult as a beginner, you could try using a super bulky yarn instead... or if you have access to a spinning wheel, you could ply (twist) the three separate yarns into one

hope that helps :)

Regina said...

nice scarf must try it myself! snce im here does any1 no wer i can get an knitting pattern for a iggle piggle jumper?? tanxsxx

Regina said...

nice scarf must have a go at it myself! while im here does any1 no wer i can get a knitting pattern for an iggle piggle jumper tanxs xx

Anonymous said...

I love the way the different types of yarn look together. I assume the gray and black/white are a standard #4 thickness (please correct me if I am wrong), but what thickness is the maroon? It seems flat, is it a different type of yarn (is it even yarn?
Thanks,Kara

laughing purple goldfish said...

Hey Kara...

The grey was quite thick - 10 ply or worsted weight. The black/white was an 8 ply or DK weight. The maroon was a bit lighter, about a 5 ply or sport weight. The maroon is actually a recycled cotton. I guess it looks flat because there is no twist in the yarn, it's just a bunch of strands sitting side by side.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this for my next project.

Beginner said...

I have #8 (American) needles, and also # 10 (American). A friend also loaned me even thicker ones, but no number appears. I don't think I can do 160 stitches. I'm really a beginner. What do you suggest using the needles I have? What kind of yarn - poly, wool, cotton? I don't know much about yarn or what to ask for. Thanks for any help. BEGINNER

laughing purple goldfish said...

Hey Beginner...

This scarf is not ideal for a beginner. You would be better off working a scarf where you cast on enough stitches for the width of the scarf, and then knit back and forth on those stitches until you reach the length you want.

The #8 (American) needles would be perfect to use.

I would recommend either a DK or worsted weight yarn. Probably NOT a cotton for a beginner, as they can be a bit splitty and have no stretch to them. I'd suggest a wool or an acrylic (or even a blend of the two), depending on personal preference. For me, I find most wools a bit itchy to wear around my neck. I must look a bit peculiar when I shop for yarn - but I tuck the ball under my chin to see how it will feel against my skin!

Here's a link to a video which you might find helpful: http://www.ehow.com/video_12221356_knit-scarf-beginner.html