That Darn Scarf!

November 7th, 2013

wooo, i finished the scarf, I know not exactly an achievement but I started a scarf for my little brother with his name, just 4 letters but I had never done letters before so I decided not to do colour work just multi chain around each letter, the letters are garter stitch and the rest stocking stitch, I had no end of problems to start with counting knit stitches then purl stitches! mistake after mistake but i got there after a while confidently knitting an purling along the row, I am not sure why I made so many mistakes I think it was just trusting the pattern! but as i grew in confidence and trusted that the pattern I was following was right, I really believed if I kept going it would look right in the end….about half way and I noticed something wasn’t right all but 1 letter was starting to take shape and look like the bottom half of its letter but that one, the letter ‘S’ was more than a little wonky, it was just one big block with a hole in it, more liKe a square….ut oh!

I was determined not to give up, I would be more disappointed in myself than anything! and I couldn’t face undoing the whole thing!

So I drew up a quick schematic of the letter to identify what was wrong and took to it with a crochet hook, dropping all the stitches I that  thought were wrong….that was a lot of stitches and a lot of rows! one by one I worked them up putting the purls and knits in the right place to successfully form a S  YAAY! some rows still to come were wrong so I put in stitch markers along the row at the strt and end of my ‘s’ and looked at what I wanted to do on each row to correct it.

my next problem was the crochet, I don’t do much other than around garments mostly boarders I have never struggled with it around clothes before but I did have to enlist a little help from a good friend and all was well, I had to extend the end and thought the best way was to crochet it, I am regretting that a bit as it took ages and I ran out of yarn as i wasn’t sure how much i would need so had to undo and rework it but got there in the end! this all just took me a while, I am so much quicker at knitting! but crochet is much easier to undo than knitting that is for sure!

for something so easy I have to admit it left me feeling a little deflated and knocked my confidence, I have done things so much more complicated than this yet this was so hard! just doesn’t make sense! I am putting most of that down to not being confident in my pattern, but fear this is just an excuse!

I had said I wouldn’t do another name on a scarf ever again, but I actually think I will, yes it was a pain and it took forever and was tricky but I learnt a lot from it, for one to check the pattern a bit more thoroughly! and I am glad I didn’t give up on it!

Looking back it really wasn’t so hard!

so here it is, that darn scarf!

Got there in the end!

Got there in the end!

How to do chain stitch quicker

Finishing chain stitch!

by Juniper Askew

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