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Knitting New Scarves Knitalong

This is a knitalong for Lynne Barr's book, Knitting New Scarves. It complements the Flickr group.

Updated: 2017-06-09T12:55:20.256-07:00


Long scarf in Moiselle


Not from the book.but I made a hat in Moiselle[Wendy} and my 23 year old daughter appropriated it.
She then wanted a matching scarf, just plain garter stitch...that touched the floor when finished.
I know not from Lynne's book...but the book spurred my daughter to request the extra long scarf

Turning Scarf Ideas Into Bracelets


I’ve been making bracelets, some of which use techniques included in Knitting New Scarves. Here’s Looped, a free bracelet pattern which uses the interlocking technique used in the Carumboa scarf.


The Shag scarf also works up great as a little bracelet. I used fewer stitches and much smaller needles than for the scarf, but the structure is the same as the pattern in the book.

The bracelet (shown below) looks similar to the Flapper scarf, but is worked with one continuous yarn rather than in joined pieces. It was fun to figure out how to eliminate multiple cast-ons and extra-ends that need to be woven in.


A very long scarf


I gave all the other scarves away, then Samantha was looking for them, so I made her one.It's "shag" from Lynne Barr's Knitting New Scarves. However I couldn't get the triangles all on the same side of the scarf, don't know why.
This one is around 6ft long, at least as Samantha said she wanted a long scarf.
The photo is a little blurry. The yarn is Brushstrokes by Stylecraft, the colourway is Storm Cloud.

Lynne's New Book: Blog Tour


Lynne Barr has a new book out and is doing a blog tour for it. The book is Reversible Knitting.

The tour has already begun and you can follow it here.

8 December Go Knit in Your Hat (image)

9 December Grumperina and Purlbee

10 December Knit and Tonic

11 December Chronic Knitting Syndrome

12 December Sheep in the City

14 December Alicia Kachmar

15 December Booga J

16 December Knitting Today

17 December Ilga Leja

18 December The Hook and I

21 December Melanie Falick Books

22 December Needled

January House on Hill Road

January The Panopticon

Free Shag Pattern


As part of STC's Fall promotion, the pattern for the Shag is available online again.

I don't know how long it'll be available, so if you haven't got the book, grab it while you can.

There are other free patterns available too from other STC books, so click here to see more.

Linked Rib



I tackled the linked rib pattern, I made a couple of mistakes, but am happy with the overall result. I have also made the first "section" of a Carumboa", 43 to go! The brown scarf is "corrugated" , my easy wave gone wrong..ok...will try again, but the result there is perfect for my elderly neighbour

New wave...gone wrong



Have realised that the New Wave scarf I am knitting has gone wrong, the waves are all on the same side, but I have knitted quite a bit so will finish it as I am doing it. The fabric produced is rather firm as I have used the yarn double, but it will be a perfect yule pressie for my elderly neighbour. He's 87, I think, next week. Think this version should be called Corrugated :D

Now I'll have to have another go at New Wave, and get it right this time. :D.

What an excuse! Am having loads of fun with the book.

The other scarf is not one from the book, but uses short row shaping to achieve the effect.



Over the past week I have made Flapper. I chose to do it with a pale background, so that the flaps expose something unexpected.

Am having a rest from scarves for a while, but think my next will be Carumboa? (hope I have that right, my copy is elsewhere at the moment).



OK, you may not be able to tell because of the yarns used, but this scarf is ARIA from the book. I love it to bits, felt just right, but have given it to a colleague who is emigrating to Canada. [can always make another one!]
In case the colours don't show true, it is a dark violet.

Shag gone wrong....whoops!



Here's my first attempt at Shag. The triangles are on alternate sides. I knitted in a variegated double knit so that I could see exactly what the pattern was doing. I think this particular pattern would look good in place of a button band on a cardigan to "glam" it up. Obviously in a "pretty" yarn.
Am having lots of fun with the book.

Black Pearls and Striped Wedges


I got my copy of Knitting New Scarves sometime during in April this year, after seeing some of the results on Chronic Knitting Syndrome's blog.
I'm hooked.
My daughter, 22 non-knitter, looked through and just loved Black Pearls and asked me to make it for her.
I started on the recommended needles and presumed that worsted thickness wool was equivalent to UK double knitting, after knitting around 7 pearls I was far from happy, the pearls looked too large, and the stuffing was showing through, so I pulled it back and started again, this time on UK 8s, 4mm, don't know what they are in US size.
This gave the desired look. Samantha was very pleased with her scarf.
I have also made up the striped wedges scarf, but I thought this would lend itself to being made into a rainbow. I loved the short row shaping. [Have done it before, but never knew what it was called.] The last two colours are indigo and violet, they haven't photographed very well.

I have made two others from the book, one of them being the Shag scarf, but I did it wrong, the triangles are on alternate sides...whoops! What better excuse could I have to have to try again?




Helen wants pictures. The first one is Aria in a combination of Lamb's Pride worsted and Unger Slalom in the red colorway. It's fun to knit, but you have to pay attention. It's about 24" now. The second is Easy Wave in Paton's Classic Wool Merino. The pattern called for 10s, the yarn called for 7s and I compromised with (image) 8s. A little narrow. I would add stitches to the next one. The third one is Meandering Stripes in Bernat's Bamboo. Nice and soft.

Finally got back to knitting


Finally got back to Knitting New Scarves after a brief timeout in making an entrelac scarf with Noro Silk Garden.

Too many scarves?


OK, so I've gone a little crazy with this book and have knit 2 easy waves, one tilted blocks, one meandering stripes, a parallels, and am working on an Aria. I gave the Parallels to me sister. I've shown the others to my local weaver's guild and they have started some of the scarves themselves. It's viral. Everyone I show the book to is intrigued.

Finished Drifting


Many moons later...


This was a lovely project. I've made it for a Christmas gift but will put it on the list for another go sometime after the holidays. I wouldn't mind one myself.

Shaggy Delights


I'm pleased to say my Shag is finally finished! Like all of the scarves in this book, it's the new techniques that got me hooked. I'm not really a garter stitch kind of gal and yet the simplicity of the garter or stockinette (which is often in the round so technically it's still just a knit stitch) lets the architecture shine through.

(image) (image) For more details and thoughts on this project you can go to my blog Tante J's Adventures in Knitting. The final analysis is in today's post and there are some nice progress shots a couple of posts earlier.

Cocoons, sort of


this isn't a great picture, but i'm making progress with my little puffy cocoons. the only problem is the utter unstretchiness of the yarn, which leaves some baggy ends. but i think it'll work, and it's been fun to make.

The Olympics of Knitting


I love this book! My try at Drifting Pleats set me to swearing, so I started with Fringe and then Easy Wave. Now I'm doing Hourglass and then Flapper. Once I get into shape, I'm going for Tricorner and my ultimate goal, Drifting Pleats.

It took two heavy staplers to keep my book open, so I took it to Kinkos and after a few dollars it was a spiral bound version.

I really hope there's a sequel!

Another convert


I took The Book into my local knitting store yesterday (Stitch Therapy in Park Slope, Brooklyn) and the owner was so excited about it! She's ordering it for the store and can't wait to get started on her own scarves. She was really impressed with the quality of the patterns and the unusual techniques.

I, meanwhile, am working on Cocoons, but it's not easy. The linen yarn doesn't stretch at all, so it's tough to do the knitting around on 2 needles. I think I'm going to try making the cocoons on smaller needles and see if that makes it any easier.



Here's my Tilted Blocks. What a fun and easy project - I feel very accomplished. The yarn is Lanas Stop Maxi Stop, acrylic and wool. I wanted something really chunky, but also want to make this scarf again with something more delicate.

I went to Purl yesterday and bought some linen for the Cocoons scarf. Since it's been stuck in my head that it's called Clouds, I'm making it in a lovely sky blue. If it goes well, pics will follow.

Chickens and roosters and hens, oh my


> Hi Little Red Hen. I think I’m seeing a poultry theme here! I’d never heard of Rooster Almerino Aran, so I googled and found it at Laughing Hens. Is it your yarn?

That's a pretty funny coincidence! No, not my yarn -- I spin a little but nothing so soft and nice as this yarn. Rooster is a UK brand.

And while I will be more than happy to post some piccys of my Drifting Pleats when I've progressed a little, we're having a pretty awful heatwave here and it's beginning to feel like someone's cancelled autumn! I am working on finishing a light lace shawl rather than this thicker scarf.

Habu Textiles/Substitution


I went to the Habu Textiles showroom today (some days living in New York is a good thing!). They have discontinued the cotton linen cord used for the Cocoons scarf. I could order it from Japan, but only in huge quantities.

I like the texture of that blend for that scarf - does anyone have another yarn like it that they'd recommend?

Tilted Blocks Finished


Two balls of Silk Garden, 5mm needles, February 15th to March 1st. It came out at 75" (I just knitted until I didn't have enough yarn left for another complete block). This was perfect television/travelling knitting - enough interest to keep me going and prevent me from making silly mistakes out of boredom, but simple and very portable.

Drifting pleats


I'm on a bit of a yarn diet this year, but I have four balls of Rooster Almerino Aran in the stash that I thought would be perfect for a soft, drapey scarf. So last night I cast on for Drifting Pleats.

It's tricky, but it had me sitting there in awe of Lynne, for thinking the whole scheme up, and also of her tech editor! I can imagine it might have made mere mortals rip their hair out -- it would have been difficult to test and hard to get the pattern into a form that wasn't too prescriptive and yet conveyed the necessary technical information to create the pleats.

I'm interested in the fact that every time I pause and think, 'Could this possibly be the right way to do this?' I can trust the pattern (and my intuition) and it works!

Many hourglasses!


Hi everyone,

I was planning to knit the Black Pearls next, but I knitted the Hourglass instead.
The book said Koigu Kersti, but I used 3 hanks of Koigu KPM (grayish purple) for MC and 1 hank of Koigu KPPPM (yellow mix) for CC.
It was my first knitting with Koigu yarn, and I liked their delicate colors.

(image) I made a modification from the book, which is repeat the pattern all the way to the end instead of work K2, P2 rib for 15” in the middle part. Many hourglasses!

I didn’t notice using 2 strands of yarns held together until start reading the pattern… which I don’t like doing it! But I like the finished scarf, it made all the effort of untangling two strands of yarn worthwhile.
(image) Seems like winter is already over in L.A., but I want to wear the scarves I knitted from this book until I get sweaty!