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Topic: Favourite Scarf--Purple Braid with Corkscrew Fringe [EDIT--Now with mini tut]  (Read 5222 times)
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« on: March 07, 2007 11:41:55 PM »

This is my fav scarf...so soft.  It's knit out of a very soft chenile-like yarn.

Comments welcome!


So because I just winged this I dont' really have a pattern, but here's a general idea of how to make your own.  Sorry for the dealy!

Make your Scarf!:

*Choose a yarn that is quite soft and flexible--ie a stiff/firm yarn won't bend as nicely along the curves and will look too rigid.  I used a chenile type yarn.
*You'll be making three long strips and then braiding them together at the end

*CO enough stitches to make desired width of strip (keep in mind that you'll be braiding the three together, so it'll be wider)
*Work in K1 P1 until the end of the row on odd rows, and P1 K1 until the end of rows on even rows (so you'll just have a rib stitch pattern)
*If you want a smoother edge, slip the first stitch of each row
*Once you have a length that you think will be long enough (remember, it shrinks in length once you braid it), break yarn, but leave quite a long tail, and slip onto a stitch holder
*Repeat instructions two more times, so that you have three lengths
*When you're finished your third strip, you're ready to braid!  Line up the ends of the three strips side by side, touching, and pin them to the floor or put something heavy on them, or best yet, have someone hold them.  Then braid the strips as loose or tightly as you would like it to be.  I found that the looser the better, otherwise the edges would pull up and the braid wouldn't lie flat.  Braid to the end of your strips
*If you find that one strip is much shorter than the other, don't panic--we'll get to that.
*Take a length of the yarn that you've been working with and thread it onto a yarn needle and then stitch along the inside folds of the braids, where the strips cross over one another.  (Does that make sense?  You just want to stitch down the parts that cross over one another to stop the braid from coming loose).  Do this until you reach the end of the strip that is the shortest, where your braid ends
*Now you can either knit the short strip(s) to make it long enough to complete another bit of the braid, or frog the longer section(s) to end the braid there.  If you make the braid longer, do the stitching bit on that bit as well, to make the braid stay.
*CO in pattern the end of each strip, either individually, or each in turn, in the same CO (ie do one cast off of all three strips, rather than each of the three strips separately)  Do which ever makes you happy and looks best with your braid.
*Seam in the ends

Now to make the corkscrew fringe:

*Very loosely cast on any number of stitches, say 10-20 (the length of your corkscrew will depend on the yarn and needles you are using, so you may have to do a test run)
*Knit into the front and back of each stitch to the end of the row
*CO purlwise.
*Twist the fringe into a corkscrew shape with your fingers (trust me!  It works...)

*make however many of these little suckers as you want and then attach them to your scarf!

Congratulations!  You have a new scarf!
« Last Edit: March 25, 2007 05:48:02 PM by Legerdemain » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007 11:50:58 PM »

very cute! i love the corkscrew fringe

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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2007 06:08:59 AM »

neat!  the braiding + the fringe make it so fun.  and I'm mystified by the corkscrew fringe- I gotta look up how its done!  MKZ
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2007 06:26:36 AM »

That is very cute! can you post the pattern??

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2007 07:01:14 AM »

oh i like this!! Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2007 07:09:15 AM »

Gorgeous!  I second the request...pattern pretty please?!

« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2007 11:59:27 AM »

VERY pretty!

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2007 04:26:48 AM »

Gorgeous! I loooooove purple, so this particularly pleased me. Are the corkscrew bits made with i-cord?
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2007 09:13:19 AM »

Glad you like it.  I'm particularly fond of this one as well.  As I just knitted it without a pattern, I don't really have one to share, but I can give you a general idea of how to do it, if you want?

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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007 02:36:44 PM »

Yes, please let us know how you did this scarf; I loooove it! Smiley
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