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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2007 09:46:26 PM »

No prob!  I think I may have found what I'm doing with that Fever, too...though the K7tog may be REALLY beastly with that stuff...

Joann's Fever?  I don't think the stitch definition will be as visible in it with this particular pattern.
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« Reply #21 on: November 13, 2007 11:32:04 PM »

Weaselfeet, that looks great!!  I might suggest that there's a little more decreasing and increasing going on that what you've got there, to make the curvey-iney bits, but your version is lovely!  It's a variation of what my Mon Tricot (man I love this thing) calls "Cockle Shells" but I don't know if it shows up like that in other stitch dictionaries.  The cockle shells pattern only has eyelet for a background, and the shells are much bigger, but judicious use of stockinette and some left and right slanting decreases in conjunction with the eyelet I think would be spot on.
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« Reply #22 on: November 14, 2007 07:40:10 AM »


Joann's Fever?  I don't think the stitch definition will be as visible in it with this particular pattern.

I think you're right.  I'm going to stick to the acrylic I started with, for now.  I'd have to use size 15 needles for the Fever, at the very least. 


Weaselfeet, that looks great!!  I might suggest that there's a little more decreasing and increasing going on that what you've got there, to make the curvey-iney bits, but your version is lovely!  It's a variation of what my Mon Tricot (man I love this thing) calls "Cockle Shells" but I don't know if it shows up like that in other stitch dictionaries.  The cockle shells pattern only has eyelet for a background, and the shells are much bigger, but judicious use of stockinette and some left and right slanting decreases in conjunction with the eyelet I think would be spot on.


I didn't see any decreasing or increasing in the scarf when I looked, other than the k7tog in the center.  I did 3 more pattern repeats last night, and as the scarf grows, the curves are more pronounced.  I also didn't pull my k7tog as tight as they did in the store version, which may contribute to it, but with the 3 eyelets and the k7tog, it works even.  If you try another inc/dec variation that works better, though, please share.
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« Reply #23 on: November 14, 2007 01:15:46 PM »

I hope I didn't sound critical, it just didn't seem to be quite right and I couldn't put my finger on it.  I think, actually, that you're exactly right about the increases, and maybe it's just not having enough repeats or a chunky enough yarn.
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« Reply #24 on: November 14, 2007 01:48:25 PM »

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Anybody who's more familiar with knitting machines please correct me, but I didn't think knitting machines could do much more than garter, stockinette and ribbing. Maybe that's just the personal-use machines and the commercial-use machines can handle fancier stitches, I don't know.

Home-use knitting machines vary greatly in their capabilities, but they can do a lot more than stockinette. There's actually only one type of home machine that *can* do garter stitch (Brother machines with a garter carriage), and the rest can't. But your average home knitting machine - by which I don't mean the Bond "sweater machine," which is the Yugo of knitting machines - can do ribbing, lace, intarsia, tucking, and a ton of other patterns.

Commercial knitting machines have fewer limitations than home-use machines. Shima Seiki, for example, makes some industrial machines with amazing capabilities, including seamless sweaters. They have a really cool gallery where you can see some of the types of garments the machine can do, actually.

But, this is really off-topic for the thread.  Wink Excellent job deconstructing the Old Navy scarf!  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2007 10:25:52 PM »

I hope I didn't sound critical, it just didn't seem to be quite right and I couldn't put my finger on it.  I think, actually, that you're exactly right about the increases, and maybe it's just not having enough repeats or a chunky enough yarn.


Oh, no, not at all.  Any help is definitely appreciated in pilfering patterns from corporate clothing chains.  I even stopped to look at the really pretty cable-yoked sweaters and thought "I can knit that, TOO!"   I only really looked at the very first few rows of the scarf to get the idea of the pattern, when I could actually count the stitches to know what seemed to be going on.  I felt a bit awkward standing in the middle of Old Navy with graph paper and pen, counting stitches and closely studying the stitch pattern. Before I saw the scarf in person, I did think there were decreases, as well, but I couldn't figure out where to increase to make it work even for a second repeat.   The scarf led me to believe otherwise.

Here's the scarf after 5 pattern repeats.  I also modified the cable placement to every 10th row instead of every 8th.
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« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2007 04:11:09 AM »

wow, that looks really spot on! I bet blocking it will make the pattern pop even more. I'm really contemplating on giving this one a shot...
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« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2007 04:22:21 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: November 15, 2007 07:26:39 AM »

oh--nice job!  With help from all of you guys, I think even I could tackle this or at least try to!

It is really a lovely pattern!
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« Reply #29 on: November 15, 2007 12:16:21 PM »

Weaselfeet, your are amazing and really smart.  Thank you for figuring out the pattern and sharing with us!
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