Monday, 2 December 2013

Scarflette

There doesn't seem to be a dictionary definition of what scarflette actually means but there are many for sale on the web and also lots of patterns.

I have no problem stating that I am a very slow knitter, (although I did once knit an entire jumper that took more than 2 years for it to become a Christmas present). I could knit little things for my son when he was a baby but had to plan ahead many months so he would be the right size when it was finished - note,  not the other way around:) Anyhow, I found this simple to knit version on Elaine's blog here

I also had great difficulty understanding how to knit the button hole in, having never done this before. Having searched the internet, I finally found an explanation here that I could actually understand - though I did have to play it numerous times and sit with it in front of me whilst I attempted it. BE WARNED THOUGH, IT DOES START PLAYING ONCE LOADED!

Here is my first attempt:
And wearing it:
I am currently about halfway through knitting another as a gift but it has now become clear, that I am not going to have enough wool to finish it - darn it. I have had this wool for years so will not be able to buy any more but do have some more in a completely different colour. Problem is, do I pull down the 14" I have already knitted and start again alternating both balls of wool, or, do I insert the new colour now, knit for about 4" then change back to the original colour to finish?

HELP!

11 comments:

  1. Dilemma indeed- no help from Suffolk I'm afraid- wouldn't have a clue!

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  2. As you have admitted to being a slow knitter I would advise inserting the new colour for the 4" and then reverting to the original colour. That way you won't be discouraged and, if you wear the scarflette with a coat no one will notice the colour change or, if they do, think it is a deliberate design.

    I love knitting but I do hate ripping back mistakes and having to start again!

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  3. If you know the name of the yarn you are using I would check Ravelry, there are tons of old yarns being sold, and odds are good you might find more. Failing that, I would stripe :)

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    1. Thank you Niki. I know what the wool is but think the shade is no longer available. Doesn't matter though, I think I will just combine wools.

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  4. SSS - thank you anyway.
    Mindo - Trouble is I am liable to keep moaning at myself for not making it properly so am sorely tempted to start again, combining a slightly different colour, using both balls alternate rows.

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  5. Start over. Rip it out and then put it out of sight for a day or however long you can. Then just start over alternating. I began crocheting a circular tablecloth and I was learning to crochet by reading a booklet as I went...
    After much work I found I had left out a motif and the circle would not lie flat. Nothing to do but unravel and start over. I was so disheartened that I had to put it away until I felt ready to begin again. The whole thing took me 3 months! Never again I can assure you.

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    1. I have just started knitting a new one using both wools alternatively. Frustrating isn't it. I am using thicker wool than stated and thought it would grow quicker thereby allowing slightly less wool than I had. Ah well, we live and learn.

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  6. I would rip it back - and I see from the comments that's what you've done!

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    1. Not just yet. I have started again with two small balls of wool that I am knitting 2 rows alternatively. When I run out I shall put it beside the original one then decide. I do think though, that the mingled one is looking good.

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  7. As a no-longer-knitter - like you I did the baby things then the school pullovers reluctantly - but I'd go with inserting the new wool and then continue with the original. And hey who cares? It will be an original! I want to make one of those Sophie Digard crocheted shawls - as if that is ever going to happen!!

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    1. Thanks for that, see comment above. Definitely couldn't crochet a square let alone a shawl. Must learn next year.

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