Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The I've Been Everywhere Scarf

Striped Scarf

I wrote about this scarf in my guest post at Clover & Violet in the Season by Hand Series here. I explained that I "always carry some knitting" and it is my handwork when I am not able to sew.

Striped Scarf

I am actually a fairly new quilter, having started only 3.5 years ago, about a year before I started blogging. But I have knit since I was 5 years old - my Grandmother patiently taught me. Since then, I have almost always had some knitting on the go, and for a number of years before I started quilting, I knit as much as I now quilt. But right now, while I quilt so much, my knitting is generally simple and colourful projects like this one.

Striped Scarf

I carry my knitting with me almost all the time. Thinking about this scarf brings to mind that song "I've Been Everywhere" (click here to listen to the Johnny Cash version - yes it is country but it is very fun, worth a listen). This is a good thing, as this scarf is for my guy, and he is very much a country music guy.

This scarf has been all over my city - to appointments, waiting in line, waiting in the car, waiting for kids, watching television, out to eat, visiting friends, and such. It has been on four long car trips and three air trips - to Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Kanaskis, Terrace, London, and Gabriola Island. It has travelled by car, boat, airplane and on foot. It has been stuffed in purses, bags, knapsacks, and luggage. It has not been forgotten or left behind once.

Striped Scarf

It is knit with Noro Silk Garden yarn. I used 50 stitches and knit a k1 p1 rib on every row. As long as you use an even number of stitches, this rib will draw in and the scarf will look the same on the back and the front, which is not always the case with knitting. I worked two rows with one ball of yarn, then dropped the yarn, picked up the other one and worked two rows. Then I dropped the working yarn again and picked up the other and repeated until I ran out of one ball (it was smaller as it had been used for something else first). I did two rows of garter stitch (knit every stitch) at the beginning after casting on and at the end before casting off.

Striped Scarf

You can see the difference between the drawn in shape and the pulled apart shape. The ribbed nature of the scarf also makes it warmer because it is fairly thick.

The stripes come from the different colours of the two balls of yarn. As Noro yarn changes colours, the stripes also change colours in an unpredictable manner which makes a beautiful effect. The internet knitters have been knitting striped Noro scarves for years but the idea is not new. My Grandmother also made scarves like this, but out of other yarn.

Striped Scarf

I finished this scarf yesterday and then mended in the ends - the yarn got broken a few times with all that travelling around - and I washed it in soapy water and blocked it before taking pictures. After all that travel the scarf was grimy, but also washing your knits the first time and blocking them is an essential part of the finishing process - it sorts out the stitch tension issues, clears away any remaining dyes and other residue on the yarn and shapes the piece properly.


I am linking up my finished hand made project (you can also link some partially finished projects if they are big, Jennie set out the rules at the link) to the Season by Hand link party - go here to link up. There are excellent prizes to be won so if you have not yet linked up your summer hand work, now is the time - it is open until midnight at Jennie's house on August 9. 

And if you have not yet entered my giveaway, go here and please do so. I am enjoying all the fabric suggestions, and am still undecided.

It is beautiful here at the coast, I am sitting in my gazebo listening to the birds as I write this.

Best,

Leanne

21 comments:

  1. Your scarf is beautiful - I really love Noro yarns too!

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  2. Leanne I love the scarf. I always love when you mention knitting. Like you I have been knitting since I was a little girl. I always have some knitting on the go too. Have a fabulous day............Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  3. Красивая цветовая гамма! Мне очень нравится.

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  4. Leanne this is lovely! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and giving tips! I'm new to knitting but I feel like I could tackle this project. I love that it's so easy to travel with too! I'm currently working on a cowl and a shawl but they're both getting a bit big to take everywhere with me now.

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  5. Did you know that we Australians have our own version of "I've been everywhere!" It's full of quirky Australian place names! I wish I knew how to 'block' a knitted piece. You scarf looks great!

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  6. So pretty! What a great finish...and addition to your wardrobe :)

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  7. What a lovely scarf and a great story to go with it.

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  8. Wonderful scarf. This let me think about scarfs for Christmas for my nieces and my daughter...

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  9. Love this scarf! So great for a color enthusiast.

    I had favorited the details and the explanation about how to alternate the yarn a while back if anyone is interested.

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/noro-striped-scarf

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  10. Beautiful scarf, I love the stripes :D

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  11. It is a beautiful scarf. I've been wanting to knit one of these for a while.

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  12. Beautiful scarf. I have many of these been everywhere projects, except mind is not completed. I love the noro yarn you used.

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  13. I love the scarf! I just learned to knit but have not learned to purl yet. Although I have been told it is the same motion just through the back. Did I understand that you only need two skeins of the noro yarn to complete?

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  14. This scarf is so beautiful, Leanne! We are not country music fans here but we make an exception for Johnny and thats a great tune for sure. I think for our swap I will request a small knitted something from you. I just don't have the patience to knit!

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  15. What a gorgeous scarf-makes me want to pick up some knitting

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  16. Wow I love the colours of your wool, they made up into the scarf brilliantly. What a nice gift for your guy. Though if I had knit that gorgeousness, my guy would probably never get it! I was raised by a country music loving dad so I know a lot more words to country songs than I should!

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  17. I knit the whole front of a sweater once. Just the front. Now it wouldn't fit my left arm, I think. I still can't throw it out, and come across it every once in a while. I say all that to let you know I'm quite appreciative of this beautiful knitting you have on display--I know you are a knitter first, and a quilter, second, but both of your needle art skills are impressive!

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  18. It's absolutely gorgeous and just the thing to keep your neck warm in the autumn/winter/spring!

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  19. So pretty, love the colours in it!

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  20. The colors of the scarf are really pretty and it looks like it will be nice and warm for your guy.

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