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« on: July 05, 2010 05:17:27 AM »

I have a great idea for a scarf but don't know how to quite execute it! I'm a huge Beatles fan and thought of doing one of their lyrics down the length of the scarf (either "All you need is Love" or, depending on how many rows would make it long enough, "And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make") but I have never done this kind of work.

So, what I thought I would do is this--st st with a garter st border, using a XS alphabet, and in white on black (maybe with the word Love in red, or the O being a red heart).

Anyone have any idea on how I can design this pattern? How many stitches and rows and some basics on how to knit it? Is it too difficult? Do I need bobbins? When I knit it, the design is shown on the purl side and the knit side I should just knit the white wherever it shows up, yes? Thanks for any and all advice!
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010 06:56:44 AM »

Use some knitting graph paper, like this one here:
http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/matrix/e-index.html

(sorry I can't be of more help)
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010 12:29:18 PM »

I use knitPro whenever I'm designing my own intarsia patterns

http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/

you'll still need to first make a graphic yourself. I usually use Microsoft Paint, Powerpoint, and/or Adobe Illustrator to make my picture, save it as a jpeg file, and then upload it to knit pro.

one tip, if you end up using knitpro: even if you only use two, high-contrast colors (like black and white), however it calculates stitches it sometimes makes the "edges" gray, or a middling color between whatever two you're using. so i'll print it out and then go through with a pen and draw exactly where i want the definition between the two colors to be.

also, since knitpro only puts out square charts, you'll have to split up your pattern into smaller pieces.

good luck with your project!
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