August 26, 2009

What a difference!

I'm always amazed at the magic of blocking. This pattern really opened up and became more defined. I moved from liking it to loving it.

The yarn, Saphira by Southwest Trading Company" is not one of my favorites. I loved the colorway but it had lots of knots in it and caused problems with the color transitions. As you can see at the bottom of the scarf, I cast on and it was light blue and then there was a knot and it went right to dark blue. It looked interesting so I left it and replicated the effect at the end of the scarf.

Now, for the pattern...I have to learn how to do a PDF file and put a button on my side bar. For now here it is:

Saphira Scarf
Yarn: 2 Skeins of Saphira by Southwest Trading Company or any other bulky yarn (2.5 stitches to the inch and approximately 275 yards)
Needles: Size 11 or size to get gauge

The stitch pattern came from one of Barbara Walker’s Treasury books…it is called Open Star Stitch.

Cast on 25 Stitches

K 4 rows in garter stitch
Row 1 (WS) - K2 edge stitches, K2, * yo, K3 then pass the 1st of the knit stitches over the other 2 as in a psso, rep from*, end K1, K2 edge stitches
Row 2 - knit all including yo’s
Row 3 - K2 edge stitches, K1, * K3 then psso the 2 stitches as before, yo, repeat from*, end K2, K2 edge stitches
Row 4 - Knit all stitches including yo’s

Repeat Rows 1-4 and when scarf is right length (and you have enough yarn for 4 rows of garter stitch) end with Row 4 of pattern.
K 4 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off loosely.

Block aggressively as it really opens up the star pattern.  Weave in ends.


Kimberly said...


Lucy said...

Yes, this is beautiful! I like the light blue tips; they add interest. Now I wish our local knitting store was open on Saturdays in the summer; I want to make this NOW!