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22 comments

  1. Hello,

    I am inquiring about the pattern, Night on the Town Scarf. I love the scarf but would like to make the width smaller than 8″, perhaps 5 or 6 inches wide. What is the multiple? That way I can adjust accordingly.

    PS-Since there are so many spammers, when replying please write in the subject “Herringbone scarf inquiry”. That way I’ll know not to delete it.

    Thanks.

    • Hi there,
      I emailed this to you as well, but thought I’d put my reply here too so other can see:

      “I’m so glad you like the scarf.

      The Herringbone stitch pattern is a 7+1 repeat, so for the pattern as written, I used 5 repeats of 7 sts = 35 sts + 1 = 36; then I added the 4 edge stitches to get 40 cast on sts.

      How many stitches to cast on for a narrower scarf will depend on the yarn you are using. If using a worsted weight yarn like I did in my sample, I would try either 3 or 4 pattern repeats:
      3 repeats = 3 x 7sts = 21sts + 1 = 22sts plus any edge stitches you wish to add
      4 repeats = 4 x 7sts = 28sts + 1 = 29sts plus any edge stitches you wish to add

      Hope that helps.”

  2. I AM KNITTING THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH SCARF STITCH. I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH THE ENDS CURLING THEY ARE NOT LAYING FLAT. I NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE AND IT IS BUGGING ME. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT I AM DOING WRONG. I AM USING 101/2 NEEDLES AND WORSTED YARN. I NEED HELP ASAP. THANKS

    • Hi,
      There are so many things that can cause a scarf to curl (scarves are notorious for this just because they are long and skinny).

      The main culprit is usually the stitch pattern but because this one has a balance of knits and purls it is less likely. Although, now that I think of it, since there are slipped stitches involved in this pattern, make sure you’re not pulling the yarn too tightly as you work the next stitch. If the yarn lying behind that slipped stitches too tight, that will definitely create a fabric that is shorter across the back and it will want to curl that way.

      Since I’ve already typed the following, I’ll leave the information here anyway 🙂 just in case the above doesn’t solve your issue.

      The second cause can be the yarn you’re using. The way yarns and spun and twisted can cause the work to curl as well. If you’re working with a natural fibre, this issue might (and I really mean only might) be fixed by blocking the scarf. You can try blocking it while your work is still on the needles and see if that helps. If you are working with an acrylic — hmm, I know some people say they can block acrylic but I’m no authority on that so I can’t really advise.

      The other thing that comes to mind is that sometimes personal knitting style – e.g. if you always twist your knit stitches – can have an effect but since you say you’ve never had this issue before, I don’t believe that is the case here.

      If blocking doesn’t solve the problem, you could try adding a few (maybe 3) garter sts at each edge to see if that solves the issue. It will give the scarf a different look but may keep that curl under control.

      Best of luck. Luise

  3. Hi,
    There is a beautiful red scarf on the left hand top of page of the Red Scarf Project fund raiser page.

    http://nownormaknits2.typepad.com/red_scarf_project_2008/

    I was wondering if you are able to tell me what the pattern is please or a rough guess. I am a medium knitter, just trying some different stitches. I have knitted a lovely powder blue baby alpaca cardigan and want to knit a scat with the left over balls. So I was looking for a pattern similar to the one I have mentioned above.

    By the way, I think it is very generous of you to share your knowledge. If you can’t help me with the pattern, I will go ahead and do the Mammoth woolly one.
    Thanks,
    K 🙂

    • Hi Kella,
      My best advice regarding that red scarf would be to look through some stitch dictionaries and see if you can find that particular stitch. If you don’t own any yourself, a local library is a great source. The other place you could try is the Knitting Fool website — she has a lot of illustrated stitches with directions; maybe something along the line of her Mock Brioche or Welted Rib?
      Hope that’s helpful 🙂 Luise

  4. Thanks very much Luise. Will do.

    I have another question unrelated if I may. I am knitting a cardigan (from 4 ply baby alpaca in a powder blue. Very nice). The knitting pattern is from the late 60’s/early 70’s. It has all gone well other than my trouble shaping the front slopes (as opposed to the arm holes). My arm hole decreases and edge look great, but the front slopes look messy on the slope. Is there a technique that will give me a nice edge on the front slopes? I can’t seem to find anything about the knitting term “slope” or technique on the net. Maybe it is an old fashion term?

    The pattern says to decrease every 6th row for slope and every alt row for arm holes, but is not specific how to do so for the slope.
    For the first decrease on the Right slope, the pattern uses K2tog
    But for the Left slope, since the RS of the work ends with the slope as the last few stitches of that row, when I knit 2 together at the end of the row, it is not as neat as at the beginning of a row. (hope that makes sense)
    Any advice?
    I think it really needs to be neat for me to sew the button hole bands on and have it look good at the front.
    Regards,
    Kella

  5. Hi Kella,
    It’s always hard to tell from a distance, but I can give you a couple of suggestions and you can see if they’re helpful. The first is to do with where the decrease is placed and the other with the kind of decrease you are using.

    1. When I do decreased on an edge (other than casting off stitches) I always make the decreases 1 or 2 stitches in from the edge. That way the remaining 1 or 2 stitches keep being worked up along the edge and remain constant. So, for example, in working the Left front V-neck (which I’m assuming they refer to as ‘slope’) of a sweater, I would work up to the last 3 sts (or last 4 sts) at the neck edge, work the decrease (k2tog in this case — see #2 below), and then knit the last 1 (or 2) sts. For the Right front, I would k1 (or k2), work the decrease (ssk or skp in this case – see #2 below), and then continue to the end of the row.

    2. Stitches worked into a decrease slant a certain way. For example, a k2tog will have the stitches slant slightly to the top right. The match this type of a decrease on the opposite side of a neckline, the decreases should be made using either an ssk demonstrated on YouTube (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, insert the left needle tip into the front of those 2 slipped stitches and knit the two stitches together) or skp or s1k1psso(slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch).

    I hope that helps a little.

    Cheers,
    Luise

  6. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain that to me. It absolutely helps.

    It makes perfect sense that different decreases slant different ways. But i hadn’t thought of that and I didn’t know which one slants which way either. I will undo both front pieces of my cardigan before the slope starts on either and hopefully finish with a better edge with your tips.
    I’ll let you know how it goes. Can’t wait to get it finished. (I have undone the front pieces twice already and tried different stitches lol)
    Anyway, thanks again.
    Regards,
    kella

    • You’re very welcome, Kella. Glad I could help. Should maybe also mention that some people like to have the decreases slanting the other way i.e. toward the middle. Just comes down to personal preference at that point. I’m sure you’ll love the sweater when it’s done!!
      Cheers,
      Luise

  7. Hi, I’m enjoying your web site and the patterns very much!! I have what is probably a silly question about the Night on the Town scarf. You have woderful directions for the “linc^” stitch and I’m wondering if the plain “linc” stitch is the same. I’ve given up taking knitting stitches for granted. Thanks so much for whatever help you can give me.
    Judi

    • Hi Judi,
      It’s so hard to tell. I know what you mean about not taking anything for granted.

      Some designers pick the stitch up differently or twist it a different way to get a certain effect. The best to hope for is a good description in the abbreviations section of a pattern 🙂

      All that being said, the only problem I’ve run into was a pattern where the increase and the stitch below which this increase is worked were treated as one stitch — a different approach which can really throw a kink in your stitch count if you take the meaning of the abbreviation for granted and don’t check the designer’s notes — so there you go!

      Probably not very helpful — sorry!

      The nice thing these days is that designers are so much more available for feedback that if you have a question about a pattern stitch and how it’s worked, many times the designer can help out — or certainly someone on Ravelry will have the answer – lol. ~ Luise

  8. Michael’s store has a swatch store sample, it’s two colors with two color cable and the seed stitch{?) with each color on the side, can you tell me how to find this pattern? Made with Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn.

    • Hi Coral, I’m afraid Impeccable Knits knitting patterns (my design label) are not connected with Impeccable Yarns sold at Michaels. Perhaps there is contact information on the yarn label? or maybe Michaels store staff could help. Sorry I can’t be more help. ~ Luise

  9. I am knitting a scarf called “Northcott Scarf” which I got off your old website. Do you have a current link to this pattern? I am knitting the scarf on a knitting machine with a ribber. I have re-written the pattern for a bulky knitting machine. My question is : after I finish the scarf and re-writting the pattern (for a knitting machine), can I post the machine knit pattern on a couple of forums for machine knitting (Fun with BigBrother and KnittingParidise.com). I would link to the original hand knit pattern if you will provide me a link.

  10. hello. newbie here. I really like your patterns and I want to do the Manly Scarf 3: Night on the Town. I have a question about the LINC I read through a couple of times and I get it but isn’t the description going to be a Right Lifted increase stitch? From the picture it looks like there might be a right and a left lifted increase stitch. Can you clarify for me?

    Thank you so much for your sight and the pattern

    • Hi Lenn, It is indeed a Right Lifted increase that also works the stitch that the increase grows from — so I didn’t want to confuse knitters by using a standard abbreviation (RLinc or M1R depending on the author). And the pattern does only use the one increase — pretty magical when the resulting fabric makes it seem otherwise 🙂

      Hope that helps and I wish you many happy hours with yarn and needles! ~Luise

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