Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Choke


I've started and ripped the edging of the Eats Roots Shoots and Leaves. Seems I can't read a pattern. There's a wrapped stitch in the edging which I completely ignored, so I had to start again after 10 cm or so of edging. Second try wasn't much more successful, I wrapped the wrong stitch, so we're both petulant.

Feeling choked, I began to seek solace in stash. Two balls of silk garden in the most beautiful colours. The antithesis of my lace shawl, I needed something simple and
understated.

I scoured ravelry and the net. Argosy? - too much. Entrelac? - not in the mood, although maybe later.

I let the yarn speak.




PATTERN

DRAGON SKIN SCARF

(Stitch pattern adapted from Barbara Walker's second treasury, pp136-137)

Supplies:
Yarn (2 Balls Silk Garden)
Suitable knitting needle (4mm)

Instructions


Cast on 30 stitches
Repeat Rows 1-12 of DRAGON SKIN Pattern until scarf reaches desired length.

Cast off and press.

Viola.


DRAGON SKIN PATTERN:

Row 1 (and all wrong side rows): K2, P26, K2
Row 2: K3, M1 (draw up the bar between stitches 3 and 4 and knit it), SSK, K4, K2TOG, K3, M1, K2, M1, K3, SSK, K4, K2TOG, M1, K3
Row 4: K3, M1, K1, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K4, M1, K2, M1, K4, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K1, M1, K3
Row 6: K3, M1, K2, SSK, K2TOG, K5, M1, K2, M1, K5, SSK, K2TOG, K2, M1, K3
Row 8: K3, M1, K3, SSK, K4, K2TOG, M1, K2, M1, SSK, K4, K2TOG, K3, M1, K3
Row 10: K3, M1, K4, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K4, M1, K3
Row 12: K3, M1, K5, SSK, K2TOG, K2, M1, K2, M1, K2, SSK, K2TOG, K5, M1, K3.



NOTES:
Barbara Walker instructs to M1: pick up the bar between the stitches and knit into the back of it. This twists the new stitch, and makes the increase almost completely invisible.

I found when I did that with this yarn the pattern seemed to disappear somewhat into the knitted fabric, so I just picked up the bar and knitted into the front of it. No twist, so you can see the increases down the centre and sides, and you can also see the subtle relief of the dragon skin pattern.

I think if I were using a smoother yarn I may not have needed to do this, so you can experiment with both techniques and choose the one you like most best. You could even use a yarnover I guess, and get a line of lacey holes. You pick.

31 comments:

Rose Red said...

This is great - the pattern is perfect for this yarn.

Bells said...

Oh! Like that very much. Nice work.

Great write up on the Easter show, too, BTW. Someone had to say it.We had similar discussions in Canberra about our show.

jussi said...

beautiful!

can I suggest a teeny weeny thing???

wash it, silk garden is such a different beast when washed, so soft.

or don't :-)

Leeanne said...

Awe I love it, might even attempt a go at it. Thanks for putting the pattern up.

2paw said...

Yes, washing does make the SG very soft- I have a scarf too.
I love the changes of colour and it does suit the pattern perfectly!!!

jae said...

I'm with rose red - the pattern and the yarn are a perfect fit!

Ann said...

Lovely pattern & the colors are gorgeous - love it. Thanks for the pattern.

mel said...

You have done it again Knitabulous, and thankyou for writing out the pattern. I always appreciate this as it takes time and effort to share the pattern love, so again a big thanks!

jinniver said...

Mmmmmm...I'm not sure whether I'm drawn more to the pattern or the yarn...but the pattern's definitely a keeper! Thanks for sharing!

Ruby Girl said...

Choke is really nice, the colours look great.

rogue said...

Lovely Pattern! I found an error though.
It's c/o 30 sts, NOT 28. 30 was the only way to make it work. ^.^

knitabulous said...

You're right Rogue! It is cast on 30 stitches.
I have changed the text ..

rogue said...

Actually, I think that "Choke" is a great name for a scarf. Especially the way it came about. The name should say something about how it was conceived.

Example: I have a pattern (that is aparrantly quite popular with the people at the AntiCraft) called "Yarn Vomit."
Screw the rest of the world - name your knits how you want.

Anonymous said...

Is your edge on the gator scarf part of the pattern you wrote (which I just love BTW) or is it added on at the end?
Thanks,

Julie said...

Finally, I've found THE pattern for my 2 skeins of Silk Garden - thanks a lot ;-)

loulee said...

Hi, I found your blog via a free pattern site. Thanks for sharing the Dragon Skin pattern, I'm making it for my son, his eyes nearly popped out of his head when I mentioned it to him.
Going to link to your blog, from my blog, so my readers can see what a lovely and clever lady you are.
Stay cool and safe.

Geneva Springer said...

This pattern looks great! May I ask which color of Silk Garden you used? I can't quite tell which one it is from the pictures, but I really want to make one that looks just like yours. Thanks!

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I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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參觀,Thanks

Anonymous said...

When I knit2 and purl on the wrong side I end up with an increase... IDK what I'm doing wrong.

Alison said...

This is so beautiful! I am going to cast it on later this afternoon, and I think I might try it with a yarn-over and see what happens. I'll let you know! Again, thanks for posting the pattern. :)

Quilting Addict said...

Please help a fairly new knitter. What kind of yarn is Silk Garden? Since I buy my yarn in places like Joann's or Hobby Lobby, I am not familiar with yarn store brands. What weight is it? I love this pattern and even though it looks a little above my skill level, I'd love to try it. Can anyone recommend a larger needle size and yarn??
Jeannie in Bethlehem, GA

Prissock's Southern Jewels said...

I looked at Silk Garden yarn and could not tell what you used. I would like the same colors but cannot figure it out. Would you mind sharing what Silk Garden color you used?

ancameni said...

Love the pattern. Started it with Madeline Tosh Merino DK in the color way Baltic. Absolutely love it, The pattern and the yarn. Found it via Ravelry. And i learned a new thing or two. Thanks Alex

Anonymous said...

I loved the book and laugh at how many people aren't interested in punctuation, etc.

The scarf is beautiful! Thank you!

Going 'Anonymous' because AIM isn't working for me.

Marny

Anonymous said...

Where in the pattern is the wrap stitch?

I've searched, to no avail.

Marny (not 'Anonymous')

Anonymous said...

Reader above asked about the edging of your scarf (which i love). Is it part of the pattern or added when finished? thxs in advance.

Anonymous said...

What is the edging around your scarf? Love it. thxs in advance.

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Anonymous said...

Hello, I was looking at your wonderful pattern for this scarf and realized there are no instructions for rows 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. What are you supposed to do for those odd numbered rows? Thank you and thank you for sharing your wonderful pattern for this!

SarahMay said...

@The last anonymous commentor, I believe that the odd rows are wrong side rows, and you would repeat the first row (k2, p26, k2) on those rows. I'm not the op, but I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Love this pattern! Works great with the Noro Silk Garden...I'm getting ready to start a second one. :-)