So normally, the last thing you want to do is drop a stitch. Well, with this lacy scarf that’s exactly what you want to do! Dropping a stitch is harder than you may think, it takes awhile to work the stitches out all the way down the scarf. This technique creates a beautiful ladder all the way through the scarf giving the scarf almost a woven look.
This technique can be used for anything from knitted curtains to let a bit of light through. Or to a plain sweater pattern to jazz it up, you can even drop the stitch different lengths down the sweater to create a design (at the end of the ‘run’ just sew it with matching thread to keep it from running further). To get started with the technique try our latest scarf pattern.
What you will need:
400-500 yards sock weight striping yarn. Sample is 2 skeins Mary Maxim Gemstones color #21 Peridot variegated sock yarn. (Or try Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes, or Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn for a silky satiny feel.)
Size 6 needles for main scarf, Size 9 for bind off or bind off very loosely.
9 safety pin type stitch markers
Before drop: 6 ½” X 59” After drop: 8 ¼” X 62”
28 stitches = 4” Gauge is not all that important for this project.
I find the Herringbone stitch pretty interesting because it looks more like woven fabric, than knit. Some people would even say it looks crocheted! It’s only a 2 row repeat so it gets easier as you do it.
Super Bulky weight 80 to 90 yds. I chose Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 1 skein 87 yds). New color Marble (black accent on white and grey) makes for an interesting repeat pattern for the cowl. You might also try Sandstone which has the creams and grey.
Size 19 US short needles Size 15 US short needles 3 complementary buttons
About 5 Herringbone “V’s” to 4”
Finished size before ruffle: 7” by 25”
Using your favorite method, cast on 20 stitches.
You can wear this with the collar up or down for effect!
The New Date
We are sorry that we didn’t have enough people for our retreat this coming weekend. The good news is we have a new date for early Summer 2014 – the weekend of June 20th-22nd. I hope those of you who are interested will save this date to join us! This way you have plenty of time to plan and you can reserve your place with a $50 refundable deposit.
We have reserved the Mary Johnson Center (40946 Big Bear Blvd) in Big Bear Lake for the weekend
which is a very special place. Mary Johnson was a devoted artist and quilter who passed away a few years ago. Her artwork and quilts grace the walls with a description for each. The Center gives us plenty of room for the Friday Night Fashion Show as well as plenty of room for our workshops and displays that Maggie is bringing with her. Don’t miss this really fun and entertaining knitting weekend!
What if I’m a ‘Flatlander’?
Many of us who live in or frequent Big Bear know of its beauty and relaxing, fun filled atmosphere. If you and your knitting friends would like to attend our MaggiKnits Weekend Extravaganza, think about staying at the Pine Knot Guest Ranch where the wonderful owners, Larbie and Gloria, have their own llamas and bunnies nearby for you to visit! Or think about renting a cabin for a bunch of you. There are specials on lodging during the Fall. Here are some activities you could also think about while you’re here.
If flying you will want to fly in to Ontario Airport, rent a car and make your way up to Big Bear which is about 1 ½ hours away. We planned our retreat in June so that you can enjoy the beautiful summer weather and maybe even go out on the lake.
We are now going for the finish line on our weekend with Maggie Jackson! If you are planning to join us, you really need to register NOW so that we can make our final plans to make this a wonderful weekend for you and your knitting friends! You can even call me anytime on my cell phone (909) 261-9185 with any questions regarding registration, lodging problems, Big Bear questions – whatever. Let’s get you registered so you don’t miss out as classroom space is limited! I hope to hear from you soon and have a great Labor Day Weekend! PS I will be working Friday through Monday so don’t hesitate to call!