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Um, halp?

I'm swatching some Knittery Merino Cashmere Sock for a scarf (I need a nice brainless project) and here's what I've got:


My first attempt was plain seed stitch, but it seemed a little too boring. Also, Thunk says that it looks like something one would wear when going undercover to a Hello Kitty convention. I'm inclined to agree...it does have a little bit of that girlie urban camouflage look.

So then I switched to a slipped stitch pattern (the same one I used for the Bethie Scarf). I'm not sure about this one either. It breaks up the colors a little more nicely, but does it work? Is there something that would look better?

Please advise.


I personally like the combination of the two patterns a lot - maybe you should alternate blocks of each?

You could cast on lengthwise and do a linen stitch. It's a lovely colorway.

I think the second is getting closer... It reminds me of sherbet - YUM!

Holding hands, feeding ducks. It's a great pattern. Ravelry search for it. Or, if you want to be a little more daring, what about My so called scarf? Pretty yarn. I love the colors.

Maybe linen stitch? I think that's the name; the one that goes something like
Row 1: *k, slip wyif, repeat*
Row 2: *p, slip wyib, repeat*

It looks good on both sides (my only requirement when I knit scarves) and it makes all of the colors pop individually.

I like the two different patterns too. You should just look at this as an opportunity to try out a whole bunch of st patterns. Just knit each pattern until it's as long as the seed st section. Tada!

I personally like the seed stitch. Maybe try Moss stitch??

I like the slip stitch pattern- but did you consider the "My So-Called Scarf" pattern? Everybody and their mother has knit it, but I think it'd go perfectly with the yarn.

I was going to say the same thing. I like the two patterns together. You could atlernate different amounts of each. Like do 2 inches of seed, 6 of drop stitch, 4 of seed, etc. Just a thought.

hrm, this is a tough one. I agree that the seed stitch is not quite right. maybe plain ol' garter stitch?

I think it would look good if you put a block of seed stitch at each end and continued the slip-stitch pattern for the body. But if you don't like that, you could go with a simple lace stitch--i.e.:

k1 *yo, k2tog* rep. * to* to last st. k1

And then reverse the 'k' for 'p' on the wrong sides, or just purl the wrong sides. It would look nice that way too, I think.


I like the one at the top. Maybe switch that up with some stockinette, horizontally or vertically. I almost laughed out loud at work reading the Hello Kitty comment.

What about a half-linen stitch? Or is that what you already tried? Some cool examples:



Have you ever seen the 'One Row Scarf' by Yarn Harlot? I have made this twice now and it goes by pretty quickly and is also very brainless, but not boring.

Here is a link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/one-row-handspun-scarf

I loved making the Shifting Sands scarf by Grumperina. It is a cabled stitch, but it's without a cable needle and so repetitive that its brainless quite quickly. It breaks up variegated yarns beautifully.

I love the yarn. Have you considered a more open pattern? I've had success with the following in fingering yarn on largish needles: K1, *(yo, k2 tog), repeat from *, end K1. Simple, but very effective in my experience with many color variations.

How about a chevron pattern? Or add a solid and stripe it? It's pretty and Hello Kitty is totally hot :)

I like the slipped stitch pattern, but I second the chevron pattern idea, and I add the "Opera Scarf" free pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas as a suggestion.

suggest feather and fan like one in Last Minute Knitted Gifts

I like the slip stitch pattern better, but to most people it looks like simple garter stitch. I like the suggestions of trying linen stitch though. Good luck!

I agree that the seed stitch is not right. The slipped stitch pattern really opens up the colours and lets them out. For example, the yellow is overlooked in seed stitch, but starts to "sing" in the other.

I think the problem might be that the pattern is too horizontal. It pulls sideways out to the edges of the scarf. I think a pattern that has a more vertical or oblique line might work better.

How much do you have? What about that men's herringbone scarf from Knitty?

i hear that 'my so called scarf' is a good pattern for variegated colorways.

oh here's the link :P


I love it!

How about a brioche stitch scarf?

Yup, I second "Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks." It's a fancy name for what I think some stitch books call the Trinity Stitch. It breaks up the color repeats very well and it doesn't curl (okay, maybe just a teeny tiny smidge, nothing noticeable) at the edges.

I am using Knittery Dark Cherries for a scarf right now as well. I am usin gthe Montego Scarf pattern, the lace/diagnals breaks up the color nicely.

Of the two I prefer the slip stitch to the seed stitch--I think it shows the colors better.

Have you considered something like the Drop Stitch Scarf by Christine Vogel? http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drop-stitch-scarf-2
I think it would show the colors off beautifully. I can't wait to see what you end up doing!

i like the horizontal drop stitch (seafoam stitch) for variegated yarns myself. But the slip stitch pattern you have there is nice too.

Some pattern with a feather and fan "swoop" to it mixes the colors very nicely!


I loved the stitch you used in this scarf. What is a four row slip stitch? Where can I find instructions.

I really like the two together, maybe just do the ends with the seed stitch, and the middle length the garter. Or find more types of stitches and do a bunch of different squares with different stitches! Good luck the yarn is lovely!