KnitPurlHunter KAL - Endgame Scarf Part 2
What did you all think of Part 1? Hope you successfully executed the tubular cast on - that was a new one for me too! I've done tubular cast ons before, but not with this technique. Remember that technique and use if for other things where you begin with ribbing - wouldn't the edge of a sweater or hat look really nice with that rounded edge?
Part 2 is very straightforward, just a little twist (pardon the pun) in the cable stitch pattern. For Michelle's complete description and a link to the printable instructions, click here. She also includes a lengthy discussion (did I just pun again?) about yarn usage and the size you are making - good reading, if you don't want to run out of yarn!
When you're ready to attach your second ball of yarn, I highly recommend using a felted russian join - this is exactly like the russian join video shown on Michell's website, but then slightly wet the joined section and rub between your palms to lightly felt it. Stronger than a spit splice, and virtually invisible. Kenzie yarn felts nicely this way - if you're using a different yarn you'll need to check whether it can be felted.
If you're new to cabling, or reading a chart with cabling, here's a few thoughts:
- When instructions say to "knit stitches from cable needle" you do not need to literally knit stitches while they are still on the cable needle! Unless, of course, that's your preferred method. My preferred way is to slip these stitches from the cable needle back onto my left hand needle and then knit them. I like to use a bent-style cable needle because it helps me hold those reserved stitches out of the way, and I don't like to knit directly from that needle. If you use a straight-style cable needle, you may find it easier to just knit right off the cable needle.
- I mentioned this before, but it's good to repeat. Make sure to snug up on the first, last, and crossed stitches of your cable to help prevent big gaps. Some of the gap will work itself out with blocking, but it just helps keep everything neat and tidy while you're working on your project. Don't pull so hard that you break your yarn, just be firm with those stitches. And yes, you will block this scarf! I always think blocking is a must, but even more so with cabling since you are adding a lot of twist to your knitting. Blocking will help everything relax and look professional!
- If you're new to reading charts, take a look at how the cable stitches are represented. See how the symbol slants up to the right when you hold the first set of stitches to the back, and slants up to the left when you hold the first set of stitches to the front? This is meant to look just like the cable you are creating. Michelle suggests using a highlighter on your chart to represent the different cables - this is a great idea, and you could even come up with a system to represent the twist. For example, the cable where you hold to the back could be represented by a green highlight on just the left side, and the cable where you hold to the front could be a pink highlight on just the right side. You can come up with your own symbols, whatever helps you remember what you're doing by just glancing at the chart!
Hope to see you all at one of our gathering times - Thursdays from 4-6pm or Saturdays starting at 9. The Saturday group trickles in and out throughout the morning, so feel free to show up anytime that's convenient. We're always here to help. Happy kniting!
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