Knitting the Chevron scarf, designed by Joelle Hoverson: Hiya Hiya needle love

Posted by on December 23, 2012 at 6:13 am.

I’m finally getting around to taking photos of some of my WIPS (works in progress)…

I think I'll make this scarf extremely long.

I think I’ll make this scarf extremely long.

 

The yarn featured in these photos are the almost free yarn I received from Knit Picks. It’s fingering weight, and 75% wool, 25% nylon. The stretchiness of nylon and the yarn weight would have made this yarn a perfect candidate for some lightweight knitted socks,  but I chose to use the yarn for the above scarf. The pattern can be found in  the book, Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

To be honest, it took me a while to finally decide on the two yarns I wanted for this project. I had the colors in my head, but finding those colors… well that took a while. The search was over when I landed on Knit Picks site and discovered the yarns featured above.  Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Yarn; Juice Box and Knits Stroll Multi Sock Yarn; Sunset Multi. I thought these two colors would would look great together, and I’m happy to see that I was correct.

Yarn fingering and worsted_3

 

I love working with lace weight and fingering weight yarn, true I’m knitting more stitches than using worsted weight yarn, but it doesn’t matter, I like the looks more.

This scarf, isn’t a new work in progress, I started knitting the Chevron scarf weeks ago, but due to my schedule and other crochet and knitting WIPS, I haven’t made too much progress. I’m using my Hiya Hiya size 3/3.25mm needles for this project, and it’s coming along quite nicely.

 Chevron aka Zig-Zag stitch

This scarf is a four row repeat. The ripple effect is done by knitting two stitches together (k2tog) and in the next set of stitches you knit into the front and back (kfb) of the same stitches. Simple yes… but the effect is lovely, and the variegated yarn captures it beautifully. The above video isn’t the exact pattern, but it gives you an idea of how to create the chevron stitch aka zig-zag stitch.

I love this scarf, so bright and cheerful!

I love the colors in this scarf, so bright and cheerful!

 

I had my first unpleasant experience with Knit Picks yarn. The yarn seen in the top corner; Knit Picks: Stroll Hand Painted Yarn; Juice Box, arrived in a hank and there were two sections of tangles in it… after working with it for several minutes I just cut out those sections. Since the two sections of tangles were quite large I most likely will call Knit Picks customer service after the holidays. Their customer service is amazing, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they send me another hank of the same yarn for free. we’ll see….

 

Hiya Hiya and Knit Picks taper comparison

Hiya Hiya and Knit Picks taper comparison

 

My Hiya Hiya Sharp (steel) needles do a great job knitting two (or more) together effortlessly… My Knit Picks did fine with k2tog, but my Hiya Hiya Sharps has the advantage here since its longer taper makes the process of picking up numerous stitches (I’ve knitted five at a time) much easier than what I experienced when attempting the same thing with my Knit Picks needles.


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