Thursday, January 04, 2007

Illusions Cable Scarf Finished TKA 夢幻麻花圍巾完成


Yarn: Rowan/RYC Cashsoft DK (57% extra fine merino, 33% microfibre, and 10% cashmere), #502 Bella Donna, 4 balls (142 yd [130m] / 50g)
Pattern: Black Dog Designs (TKA Project#13)
Needles: Addi Turbo US size 6 (4 mm) / 24" circular
Size: Pre-Block 8.5" x 62" Post-Block 9.5" x 70"
Start: December 14, 2006
Finish: January 1, 2007

線材: Rowan/RYC Cashsoft DK (57% 美麗諾, 33% microfibre, and 10% 開絲米爾), #502 淺紫, 4 球 (142 yd [130m] / 50g)
圖樣: Black Dog Designs (TKA Project#13)
針號: 4 mm/60 cm 輪針
尺寸: 定型前 22cm寬 158cm長 定型後 24cm寬 177cm長
開始: 2006/12/14
完成: 2007/01/01

After I switched to Cashsoft DK, it was smooth sailing till the end. I brought this scarf to Maui with me, but didn't get to knit as much as I'd like. I finished the majority of this scarf during the last few hectic and festive days of 2006. Cashsoft DK is very soft, but a bit splitty. The tips of Addi Turbo needles are not super sharp, but I still managed to pierce the yarn several times. It's just a bit annoying. This yarn gives good stitch definition, and did I mention it being so soft?! I'll definitely use this yarn again.

換了Cashsoft DK重新開始後, 覺得織出來的效果比較滿意, 就一直織下去啦! 這條夢幻麻花圍巾還跟我去了一趟茂宜, 結果也沒織多少. 大部份是回來後, 在熱鬧過節的忙亂中完成的. 這個毛線非常柔軟, 可是很容易分叉. 我用的Addi Turbo輪針並不是太尖, 還是常常一不注意就戳穿了線. 不過這線織起來針目清晰, 觸感柔軟, 下次有適合的project還想再用這線.


The inspiration for the stockinette wide rib at the two ends of the scarf came from a cable scarf in Banana Republic's Holiday 2006 Collection (see photo below). I can't say why, but I find this design detail attractive. Thought I could use it on this scarf. If I may say so, I think it's well suited for this scarf.

圍巾兩端用平針(2上針, 14下針 重複)織了約三吋長後才開始做麻花編. 這是從Banana Republic今年冬季一條細麻花圍巾(照片如下)看來的. 也說不出為什麼, 只覺得這樣的設計還蠻好看的, 就運用在這條圍巾上.


I also tried a different way of knitting p2tog tbl. Thanks to Margaret for the detailed demonstration! I used to just purl the two stitches together through the back loops, without twisting them first (to change their orientation.) Then I saw Margaret's photo illustration, and decided to try it with this scarf. And I like it better! I think the stitches turned out more even and smooth (compared to the pairing skp or ssk), the end result just looks better. I'll work my p2tog tbl in this way from now on.

這條圍巾還讓我學了一個撇步, 如何織p2tog tbl. 謝謝瑪姐仔細的圖解! 以前織p2tog tbl, 沒有先扭那兩針, 都是從左向右往兩針後方依上針方式來打. 我是不介意這樣扭啦! 織這條圍巾時想說來試試看瑪姐這一招, 結果發現織起來針目比較均勻好看, 那以後都要這樣打嘍!


This is the first time I tried Felted Join. When I needed to change to a new ball of yarn, I used to just tie a knot at the beginning of a row and then weave in the ends after the knitting is done. Then I saw this video and decided to give it a try. I felted about 1.5 - 2 inches of yarn ends together. It worked out really well. The felted join seemed strong, I tried to tug at it to pull it apart and it held up well. The join was a bit thicker but blended in seamlessly once knitted. The best thing is, there are less ends to weave in!

這也是我第一次試Felted Join. 以前要接線時, 都是打個結然後織完再來藏線頭. 我是最不喜歡藏線頭的啦! 每次想到就覺得很討厭. 所以這招對我來說簡直是救星, 從頭到尾只須藏兩個線頭, 不錯不錯! 這次接線我大約felt了1.5 - 2寸長的線, 拉一拉還蠻堅固的, 沒有被我的蠻力扯開. 接合的那段線比較粗, 不過織起來後也看不出來. 現在叫我回去找接線的地方, 我可能還找不到呢!

7 comments:

小福 said...

妳這條麻花圍巾好美好美喔
顏色超好看
妳的工好細喔
真棒耶!

Nora said...

Brava m'lady!
I love it - the rib addition is ingenious.

Tcknit said...

B-E-A-U-T-ful!! I'm just wondering if San Francisco is really that cold you that would use this scarf? (hint hint!!)

Good Job!

Annie said...

Your lavender Illusions Cable Scarf looks so soft and warm .It must be very tender to wrape it around neck . Plus,thank you for sharing the Felted Join. I'll try it next time.

Margaret said...

I agree with everyone, it's a gorgeous scarf.

And, thank you for reminding me of the "felted join", I will certainly PO this to the TKA to share with everyone.

Oh, almost forgot, I have uploaded your scarf photo already.

Cafe Knitter said...

To 小福,TCKnit, Annie, and Margaret:
謝謝讚美啦!我對這條圍巾覺得很滿意呢!

To Nora:
A compliment from the designer means a lot to me. Thank you! I am glad you like it. And thank you for the pattern!

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