Multi-directional diagonal scarf

Now that I’ve gone back to a day job (bye bye breakie! πŸ˜₯ ), my yarn-time has reduced drastically. So much that I’ve started setting targets — like knitting at least an inch of material every day. And then I fall short of that target most days, either because I’m too tired (or sleepy) or because I have other things to do.

Since the lacy hearts cardigan is crawling along at snail’s pace, I’m showcasing a past project of mine — a multi-directional diagonal scarf.

Multi-directional diagonal scarf

Multi-directional diagonal scarf

See how the self-striping nature of the brown/orange/maroon yarn goes so beautifully well with the perpendicular-triangles pattern! This was one of the few projects that I didn’t want to end! πŸ˜€ But alas, a scarf can only be so long… (This one ended up pretty long, hehe…)

There are plenty of excellent tutorials now (there’s even a free Ravelry pattern) for a multi-directional diagonal scarf. I’d followed the one at Marty’s Fiber Musings, but I must admit I came up with the idea for this pattern before I decided to see if something like that already existed. I’d called it Perpendicular Scarf. πŸ™‚ I hadn’t known about short rows then, and was beginning to get very frustrated trying to figure out if I could get it to work without having to sew up small, independently-knit triangles. I was delighted, ecstatic even, to discover the existence of short rows. They are, I learned then, an integral part of knitting socks. I was not even mildly interested in sock-knitting until then. (Well, I still don’t knit socks. Bangalore has a pretty pleasant weather year-round, so socks get kinda irritating after a while.)

Anyway, back to the scarf. Who knew the simple garter stitch, when coupled with short rows, would turn into such a beautiful-looking scarf! Look how lovely the texture is!

Multi-directional diagonal scarf

I liked it so much that I made another scarf using the same pattern and a different stitch. The result delighted me. I’ll leave it, along with the discoveries I made then, for another post.

Now, will this be your next project? 🐻

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Oblique Mistake Rib Scarf

Oblique Mistake Rib Scarf

Oblique Mistake Rib Scarf

I haven’t made much progress this week on my ongoing cardigan project, so I thought I’ll write about this reversible-patterned scarf that I made quite a while ago.

I started out wanting to use the mistake rib pattern in a scarf with tapered ends. For the tapering, I decided to make increases every other row. But then, I was distracted while knitting, and I ended up moving the mistake rib pattern one stitch left (or right, depending on what you consider the right side) with every increase. But as luck would have it, since the mistake pattern is reversible, this ended up becoming an oblique mistake rib! It looked so good that I didn’t bother correcting it. Instead, I continued moving the pattern by one stitch even after I stopped increasing the end. And for tapering at the other end, I made my decreases along the edge of a single oblique strip in the pattern.

The scarf has become old and fuzzy now, but I might just make another one with the same ‘mistake’. πŸ˜‰