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Topic: initials? stripes? tassles?  (Read 2736 times)
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« on: March 10, 2004 10:16:27 AM »

i just recently taught myself to knit.  i've been working on a scarf for my boyfriend, but have had to start it over three times.  i have some questions:

1. what would be the best way for me to put initials on the end of the scarf?

2. how do i keep the striped scarf i'm knitting to keep from getting a stray line before the stripe starts?  is it inevitable? if so, how can i keep it on one side of the scarf?

3.  how do you make tassles?

4.  are cables tough to knit?

« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004 12:37:58 PM »

1. You could put initials in with the use of the stitches themselves. For example, in a block that is all knit stitch you could purl the initials. The texture of the stitches will show the initials. You could also use another color of yarn and do two color knitting.

2. Try this: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/jogless.htm

3. For written instructions on how to make a tassel, look under finishing here: http://knit.atypically.net/scarves/hogwarts/pattern.shtml

4. Cable knitting isn't difficult as long as you have good instructions on how to do it. I advised a friend to get Idiot's guide to knitting and crocheting or a similiar book to help with various stitches and cast ons. Mary Thomas' Knitting is good too.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2004 01:28:04 PM »

The stray line always shows up on the purl side.  If your scarf is in stockinette stitch, the 'stray lines' will always be on the purl side, but if it is in garter stitch (knit every row) you have to be a bit more careful.  So if you always change colors on odd (or always even) numbered rows - i.e. if your stripes are an even number of rows long - all the stray lines will be on the same side.

You can embroider the initial after the scarf is done.  For something a wee bit more advanced, you could do the initial in illusion knitting (check out the alien illusion scarf thread over on the stitch n bitch board for an example of illusion knitting).

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