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karmakhaos
« on: November 17, 2006 09:59:17 AM »

Okay. Does anyone know anything about People to People/Student Ambassadors? If not, it's a program where a selected group of individuals travel to another country and learn more about it. Well, let me tell you, it's feckin expensive! The trip to Japan this summer, roughly[without extra expenses, such as spending money!] costs about 6,000 dollars! Wowww.

I do have a job, but the way this thing is paid is in "installments"; 400, 1000, 1000, and then the rest in smaller amounts.

So, I decided to try my hand at making scarves! It's winter, and alot of people are going to be needing them soon right?

I'm still a bit confused as to whether knit or crochet, so I will probably try both and see which works better for me.

But, here's the question.

I haven't seen any patterns/instructions to knit/crochet like this

1]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a312/rhythmpolice/scarves/PinkSugarCookie.jpg

2]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a312/rhythmpolice/scarves/ChocolateChipCookie.jpg

3]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a312/rhythmpolice/scarves/Toast.jpg

4]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a312/rhythmpolice/scarves/Spaghetti.jpg

For this one, how would you attach the "meatballs"?

Also, what would be a good sized needle for scarfs, knitting or crochet wise?

Thanks
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karmakhaos
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2006 07:45:40 PM »

Well all of those scarves are chrochet. You may have some luck finding ones like the cookies but as they're her patterns and shes selling the finished product youre probably going go have a heck of a time finding a pattern for the "toast" or "spagetti".l

as for size of needles/hooks here's what id suggest.
Since you want to sell things i can only imagine that being able to "mass produce" is kind of an asset. So try sticking with chunky yarns on big needles. a good example is this one. http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=13741&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=1718&iMainCat=1715
Big yarn, Big needles, super hip, super easy. that scarf would take me about 2to 3 hours, and im not a fast knitter.
Big yarn suggestions:
http://www.yarnzilla.com/default.php?cPath=1_1123_1203
http://www.yarnzilla.com/default.php?cPath=1_1123_1204
http://www.yarnzilla.com/default.php?cPath=1_1209_1210
http://www.yarnzilla.com/default.php?cPath=1_1235_1318

Also, if you can, Id pick up a pair of Addi Turbos in a bigger size (like a 15). They really do help you knit faster.
http://www.yarnzilla.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_1146_1213&products_id=4763
notice that its a 16 inch....16 inchers are perfect for hats. Hats and scarves...the perfect winter set.

EDIT: Oh and word on the street is knitted thing require less yarn then crochet.



Oh thanks! So I guess I will try knitting first... So you don't know any sites with specifically patterns of scarves?
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2006 08:08:54 PM »

Every pattern site has scarf patterns, but if you do go the chunky/bulky route a plain ribbed scarf with some fringe is always quite attractive. but to answer your question heres a pattern made of misti alpaca

http://boogaj.typepad.com/photos/knitting/misti_bulky_scarf.html

hers a good example of a ribbed scarf (it says for men, but make it purple and add some fringe and boo ya, youve got a womens scarf)
http://www.ballostringdesigns.com/free/knit/bensscarf.html

the next three websites are HUGE knitting pattern resources. Good place to start/get inspiration.
www.knittingpatterncentral.com
www.knitty.com
www.magknits.com

Keep us posted, I wanna se FO'S!
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2006 08:21:09 PM »

not to be a wet blanket, but the odds of you recovering your cost for the yarn and supplies seem slim, unless you have some sort of captive market (ie, you can bribe your parents to make every one of their coworkers buy one for 3x the cost of the yarn).

(if you can get the yarn donated, that would help.)
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2006 08:36:36 PM »

not to be a wet blanket, but the odds of you recovering your cost for the yarn and supplies seem slim, unless you have some sort of captive market (ie, you can bribe your parents to make every one of their coworkers buy one for 3x the cost of the yarn).

(if you can get the yarn donated, that would help.)

Honey dew does have a good point. You're going to need a market. Id decide who/where that is before you put lots of money into yarn. Etsy? a local boutique? craft fairs?
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2006 09:56:40 PM »

Also, not to spoil the party, but I think there are legal issues with selling anything that is
a. made from a copyrighted pattern, i.e. anything published, even online, or
b. a copy of something that is being commercially sold, which these scarves seem to be.

BUT if you have people to buy what you make, i'd say scarves in chunkier yarn, in a simple stitch pattern (garter, stockinette, moss stitch, ribbing, etc.), maybe in fun colors or stripes, would knit up pretty quick and certainly sell well for winter. Good luck raising money for your program!
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karmakhaos
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2006 10:46:08 PM »

Also, not to spoil the party, but I think there are legal issues with selling anything that is
a. made from a copyrighted pattern, i.e. anything published, even online, or
b. a copy of something that is being commercially sold, which these scarves seem to be.

BUT if you have people to buy what you make, i'd say scarves in chunkier yarn, in a simple stitch pattern (garter, stockinette, moss stitch, ribbing, etc.), maybe in fun colors or stripes, would knit up pretty quick and certainly sell well for winter. Good luck raising money for your program!

oh no, I wasn't going to copy the scarves I posted as examples. But I wanted to know how to do the whole "flowery" look of the cookies scarves.

But thanks!
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karmakhaos
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2006 10:46:52 PM »

I appreciate all these comments!

And I have my own small ammount of income, just not enough to pay for the trip in itself, lol

Thank you all!
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Kristen81
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2006 11:01:35 PM »

The scarves you posted are crochet. 

You may have better luck here:

http://www.crochetme.com/

or take a quick look around the crochet board:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php#20


Good Luck!!!


Oh!

And if you like the style of the flowery crochet in the scarves you could try crocheting up some flowers and making them into pins.  (Faster than a scarf and possibly cheaper to make)

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2006 12:17:27 AM »

I hate to join as another wet blanket, but honestly, in addition to the unlikelihood of making enough money to fund your trip by selling scarves, it occurs to me that since you are new to both knitting and crocheting, you might not realize the time that goes into a scarf. It's much longer than you'd think. Even for a fast knitter, a full length scarf can take weeks to finish (unless you're using like, size 50 needles and several pieces of yarn held together). Factor in the fact that you'll just be learning, and that I'm sorry but unless you're a total natural at knitting, your first several pieces will not be anything close at all to perfect, and frankly I doubt people would want to buy it.

If you're really serious about this being a way to raise money, I would suggest sewing/no-sewing scarves. First, make sure you have a viable way to sell them (online is probably not the most surefire way, but one of several methods to try). Then, using a thick, warm fabric, just cut long, relatively thin pieces of fabric and finish them as needed. Polar fleece is a good material to use, I think, and it doesn't require hemming (I don't think - I'm not much of a sewer). Cut it extra long and create a trim by cutting the fabric. If you can find a cheap source of fleece, this is, I think, much more likely to make money than knitting scarves, if only because you're more likely to finish enough to sell.
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