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November 12, 2011



Gorgeous scarf! That's a fantastic use of cargo pockets, too.

Deborah Robson

Well repurposed. I'm with you on the color variations, like abrash in Middle Eastern carpets. Right now, I'm wearing (as I often am in cool weather) a sweater I made from yarn I spun for completely mental-health reasons 15 or 20 or more years ago. It was regular enough to make a consistent fabric, but the color is in streaks that I consider lovely and interesting. And the sweater is unfailingly comfortable and comforting. I'd better mend that little hole by the neck ribbing, hadn't I?

Kyle Kunnecke

It turned out wonderfully. I'm happy that gorgeous yarn found its home as a scarf. There's nothing better than a well-thought-out project turning out well!


L.M. Cunningham

It's beautiful, Ted. I'm in the throes of frogging (and repurposing) the large-ish installation piece that was damaged at a show earlier this year -- they paid off the insurance claim and that was part of the deal. Hope the new project turns out as well as yours!

One big reason for having the garter-stitch side edging is to keep the piece from curling. When I decided to knit rib/lace scarves for the two men on my Masters examination committee, I found several excellent patterns with ribbing in the middle, and lace panels that went at each end. As I was working with handspun, I did a provisional cast-on, did the ribbing, and then picked up the provisional and knit both sides until they were long enough (at least I didn't run out of yarn!).

Both had five stitches of garter at each side (um, well, six, counting that slipped st at the selvedge) that I initially turned into stst. Curled like a maniac, and I wasn't thrilled about blocking it out, or even certain that it would.

So I reknit with the garter st. edge.... One solution to it being thick and heavy is to knit the edgings with a larger dp needle (and, if necessary, short rows), while another is to use a finer yarn on the edge and a slightly thicker one (same or different fibre/colour if you want) for the middle. I've done both, and neither is unattractive.

anne marie in philly

a beautiful scarf with a handsome male model; what more can I ask?

Loraine Guritzky

You are a Master Lace Knitter, Ted. My two Estonian guests say so.


I really can't think of a better use for a Utilikilt.

Fantastic pictures, great post. Keep up the lacework!


Lovely scarf! It gives me courage to try Estonian one of these days...

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