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Old 07-14-2007, 02:46 AM   #21
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Here is 3" of the New and Improved cabled scarf using the Beige variegated Rowan Tapestry!

I like knitting it because I don't have to look at the chart either.
The cables are like the "braid" in a little girls hair! I like them!
And I like this scarf! I am going to work on it in the truck tomorrow on our journey to the wilderness (6 grueling hours). I can do it in the truck because I don't have to read a pattern or chart. I will throw it in my "sock bag" along with a cable needle and crochet hook. Voila! (yes, even though I don't knit socks, I bought one of those little sock bags. They handy for lots of little projects!)

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Old 07-14-2007, 08:55 AM   #22
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ArtLady, you are truely an inspiration to this new knitter. I love working cables. Of the two scarves, I must say the grey is my favorite. I love the way the colors blend together and it looks soooooo soft. I do have a "newbie-to-knitting" question though and I hope I don't sound ignorant, but why does one use stitch markers when knitting cables? Also, where did you find your markers? They are very pretty. I will enjoy watching your progress on these two projects and am now on my way to try locating the Elsebeth Lavold book you are using. My "knitting library" consists of 2 books...The Knitters Bible and A to Z of Knitting (to help get me started). Again, thank you very much for sharing!
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:27 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by victoriarose View Post
ArtLady, you are truely an inspiration to this new knitter. I love working cables. Of the two scarves, I must say the grey is my favorite. I love the way the colors blend together and it looks soooooo soft. I do have a "newbie-to-knitting" question though and I hope I don't sound ignorant, but why does one use stitch markers when knitting cables? Also, where did you find your markers? They are very pretty. I will enjoy watching your progress on these two projects and am now on my way to try locating the Elsebeth Lavold book you are using. My "knitting library" consists of 2 books...The Knitters Bible and A to Z of Knitting (to help get me started). Again, thank you very much for sharing!

Hi VictoriaRose!

I have been on vacation for the past 10 days...I hope you did not think I was ignoring your very sweet compliments! You made my day!

The stitch markers can be found in LYS. I bought these markers at my LYS...but since that time about 4 years ago...I learned how to make my own! The Swarovski crystal bead stitch markers are quite spendy from the LYS...but...if you get your "findings" at a bead shop, you can make them for considerably less.

The stitch markers help me keep track of the "repeats". This avoids going over by a stitch...or stopping short a stitch. Using stitch mearkers really helps me "learn the pattern". On the "tans" braided cabled scarf I don't even have to ready my pattern anymore.

The grey scarf is more complex, and I do keep my "chart" handy with a post-it note under each "row line" as I work myself up the 16 row repeat.

The cable pattern I am using for the "grey" is in her very very first Viking Knits Book. I think I posted a photo of it. But, many cable design books have this type of knot pattern in them. Really, just find one you like and isolate the repeat of the cable knot...and work some additional things around it...like some seed stitch, maybe a simple aran twist cable, etc....til the scarf is the appropriate width. Since I was using a DK weight yarn, I had to make my scarves at least 40-50 stitches wide for 6" wide scarf. With a worsted weight yarn 40-50 stitches would be way too wide.

Stitch markers are a necessity for me. Otherwise I make too many little mistakes, and I am frogging and tinking til I am purple with frustration!

I have quite a bit done on both scarves and will post photos tomorrow. Can't take the photos til daylight. Better than flash photos taken at night!
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:56 PM   #24
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Thank You very much Artlady! I could have really used a few of those markers when I was knitting this. I am assuming the markers transfer from needle to needle along with your stitches, correct? I think I'll wait until my kids get back to school in a few weeks, and then dust off my "Beading" box. I'm sure I already have all the findings. My MIL lives for knitting...what a great Christmas gift idea!
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HI!

Here is a closeup of one of my markers. I kinda went stitch marker crazy there for a while and made a bunch of 'em!


If you have made jewelry, you can see the process from this photo closeup: Load the headpin with your beads...next, bend it like a candy cane, insert the jumpring...then do the "wrapping"....and clip off the excess real close so it won't snag your knitting.


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I am a big fan of Rowan yarns but haven't yet used the Tapestry and looking at your photos it looks lovely...the cable patterns lokk stunning!!
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Originally Posted by pauline maddocks View Post
I am a big fan of Rowan yarns but haven't yet used the Tapestry and looking at your photos it looks lovely...the cable patterns lokk stunning!!
Thank you Pauline! I appreciate your words! You made my day!!

Between you and me, I thought the Tapestry colorations would distribute in wider "bands"...not so "stripey"...but, due to the fact that cables suck up the yarn, and therefore the length of the colors...the scarves ended up being more "stripey" than I had envisioned. Oh well, I still love them. It's all a learning curve anyway, right?
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