Thursday, February 17, 2011

Faux Mitered Squares - Another Super Scarves Complimentary Pattern

As anyone who's been reading this blog knows, I've caught the mosaic bug.  I just love how these patterns work up in garter stitch.  They are easy, fast, and fun.  I love how they look really complex, but are really no more complicated than knitting every row with one color at a time.  So if you are new to knitting, just give these a try - I promise you can do it!

Here's the latest design - the Faux Mitered Squares Scarf.


This version is knit up in blue and white as it is going to be donated to the volunteers of the 2012 Super Bowl that will be hosted by Indianapolis. I would love to see this knit up in some other color combinations -so if you knit it up, please post a picture over on Ravely and link it to this pattern. I also think this would look great with one variegated yarn with long color runs and one matching neutral colored yarn.  Hmm - going to have to try one of those myself.

The pattern is available over in the complementary pattern section on the right side of the blog. NOTE: the directions knitting the scarf have been revised slightly on 3-9-2011.  Be sure to download the most current version of the scarf.

If you don't feel like making a scarf, a few repeats would make some very cool dishcloths. 
As with all mosaics - don't skip the blocking step.

Enjoy and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful I love how it plays on the eye! Thank you muchly for posting it it is great!! :)

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  2. Hello,
    I stumbled onto your site when I was looking for ideas for the Super Scarves project. I have started to make your Faux Mitered Squares scarf for the OFA-Red Scarf Project using Patons Decor yarn. It is coming along nicely; however, I did make a teensy mistake. I knitted and purled so my scarf looks very much like the graph, but it is still nice. I just wanted to thank you for sharing such a nifty scarf pattern.
    Luciana

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  3. Question row 1 and 33 are exactly alike do 4 rows in blue together?
    Thanks

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  4. Regarding chart question - I see what you mean. If the light and dark colors stay in the same orientation throughout the scarf then the chart is misleading - rows 33-34 can be omitted. I'll post a revised version today.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  5. On your instructions, it says 'each row of the chart represents 2 rows of knitting', does that mean we should do the first row once after cast-on and then do that pattern again while on the "wrong-side" (switching blue stitches to purls b/c they were knits on the "right-side".

    sorry i'm a beginner to knitting and just want to make sure i'm understanding correctly! I'm super excited to make this scarf! Thanks for the pattern!!! :D

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    1. Hi Aishen - first, no need to apologize - mosaics can be confusing initially, but once you get the hang of the chart, they are very easy and fast.

      My version of the scarf is worked in garter stitch (knit every row). Of course you can work the pattern in stockinette (knit one row, purl next) but the fabric will roll - I find garter stitch is better for scarves. But if you are aking something else, stockinette will work with the chart too.

      After you cast on with the contrast color, begin working row 1 of the chart in your main color, Row 2 is just row 1 worked backwards (slipping with yarn in front, so the yarn floats stay on the wrong side of the piece).

      If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to give me another shout. I'd love to see photos of your project as well (posting on Ravelry is a good way to do this!. Happy Knitting, Sarah

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    2. When you do the knitting on the WS... are you suppose to be doing 'knits' / stockinette stitches or are you suppose to 'purl' the stitches when using the working yarn? (So, is it suppose to be essentially looking like a row of stockinette, then purl and alternating for both sides... or is it suppose to be all stockinette on the front side and then purls on the back?
      I hope my question makes sense. :)

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    3. Hi Aishen,

      My version of the scarf is worked in garter stich. That means you knit on both the right side and the wrong side rows (no purling). Garter stitch will not curl up on the ends and edges, so it is good for scarves that you want to stay flat. Garter stitch produces ridges on both sides of the fabric, not a smooth knit fabric on the right side. Stockinette, when worked flat, is what you get when you knit right side rows, and purl wrong side rows. But Stockinette curls, so I avoid it for scarves. Hope this helps.

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