Sunday, May 25, 2008

That Something Special that Rocks!

Aubergine

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That gorgeous skein of STR Eggplanted (heavyweight, of course) that I picked out at camp needed a very special pattern.

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Pattern: Aubergine (ravelry link)by IrishgirlieKnits

Yarn: BMFA Socks that Rock heavyweight, colorway Eggplanted (1 skein)

Needles: Size 8

Gauge: ~5 1/2 stitches/inch in pattern

Length: 5 1/2" x 70" (after blocking)

KEY

sl 1: slip 1 stitch

k: knit

p: purl

p2tog: purl 2 stitches together

FC: faux cable that creates a new stitch (I've done my best to explain this stitch both in words and pictures below); to complete the "faux cable," slip the right hand needle between the 2nd and 3rd stitches on the left needle and make a yarn over (you are essentially creating a new stitch, see picture a. below); pull the new stitch through and you have a new stitch on the right needle (see picture b. below); now knit stitches 1 and 2 on the left hand needle as normal, you have three stitches now on the right hand needle (see picture c. below).


slipneedle pullthrough newstitch

a. b. c.

This pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2 stitches (1 slipped stitch at each end). The pattern can easily be modified in width (if you want to try to avoid pooling, try changing stitch count or needle size/gauge) or used with thicker or thinner yarns (see below).

Instructions:

Cast on 34 stitches (I used the German twisted long-tail cast on. My attempt to prevent curling. Seemed to work, not sure if it was necessary or not. I had just learned it at camp and wanted to try it!).

Row 1: Sl 1, k all

Row 2: Sl 1, p all

Row 3: Sl 1, *FC, k 2 * (repeat * * until last stitch), k1

Row 4: Sl 1, *p 3, p2tog * (repeat * * until last stitch), p 1

Row 5: Sl 1, *k 2, FC* (repeat * * until last stitch), k1

Row 6: Sl 1, p 1, p2tog, *p 3, p2tog* (repeat * * until last 3 stitches), p 3

Repeat rows 3-6 until desired length

Finish with a one row knit, one row purl, and then bind off. Please let me know if you have any questions or find any errors. Thanks!

credits: The "faux cable" stitch pattern appears in a Japanese reference moyouhen 500 boubariami moyoubetsu ketteiban.

I love the potential of this stitch pattern. It works so well with my favorite yarn and I love how changing the stitch count can easily change the look of this scarf. I wanted to show you my original gauge swatch (I know, I know...I swatched for a scarf?!!?!). Its in January One and had fewer stitches and at least from first go, didn't look like this colorway was going to pool quite the way Eggplanted did. Goes to show you what a few stitches can do, huh? I also was playing around with needle size here too (first part on size 8, ended with size 7).

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I also did a mini-swatch in mediumweight STR and I was loving it, but the neverending chevron scarf came to mind, and I stopped. I was craving immediate gratification, but someday, maybe in mediumweight this would be pretty.

And tonight.... I cast on this. Just to see.....


Aubergine in Paris

MMMMMalabrigo.....

Happy Knitting!!

xoxo Irishgirlieknits

35 comments:

Nell said...

That colorway is GORGEOUS! And the stitch pattern shows it off beautifully. Well done!

Christine said...

What an enabler! Now, I'll have to order some heavyweight to make this! Good job with the nice pattern and beautiful scarf.

Disco said...

Oh, wow! The scarf pattern is beautiful. I like how the eggplanted pools. I really like the January one yarn knitted up. But, oh boy, the Malabrigo!!!! That blue colour - I really like how it shows off the stitch pattern. That might be my favourite.

Heather said...

Alright. Eggplanted has now been officially added to the "I WANT" list. What a beautiful scarf.

Stacey said...

Oh my goodness! I must make that! Gorgeous!

Neuroknitter said...

You've been busy!! Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! I heart Eggplanted!!

Thank you for sharing such a great pattern!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

peaknits said...

Wow, I love how the pattern showcases the Eggplanted, the scarf is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it!

Jo said...

I love it! Hmmm... I don't have any heavyweight STR around, but I do have beaucoup de Malabrigo...

hearthead said...

They are all beautiful!

Zonda said...

Just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for that pattern and showing other yarns it can be done it! Whew, it may make me break my don't do scarf shortwise oath. ;)

The Curly Knitter said...

It's lovely and I already queued it up!!!

Scrabblequeen said...

Lovely! Now to race out and add it to my queue....thanks for sharing.

weezalana said...

It's fantastic! It shows off the colorway beautifully! Great job on a fab pattern!

Dame Wendy said...

Ooooo I think I may have to make one ASAP! :)

krysten said...

this is so pretty!! right into the ravelry queue it went!

i was looking at the FC instructions and was wondering if it would be more clear to say: "slip the right hand needle BETWEEN the 2nd and 3rd stitches on the left needle..."?

it looks great, thanks for the pattern! :)

turtlegirl76 said...

Oooh very pretty! And a pattern too! Thanks!

Brena said...

What a gorgeous combination of yarn and stitch pattern. I have to make that for someone I know (probably me)!

susan said...

I love this scarf! Thanks for sharing! I'm glad I hoarded up some heavyweight at camp!

Bezzie said...

Too cool--the scarf sparkles!

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Between you and Tammy I am feeling the need to knit a scarf again! Can I just say bee-you-tea-ful!! If only you got some sort of store credit for all the yarn I buy because of you.

BTW, my no purl Monkeys are in some of that yarn you "made" me buy :-)

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

I love Eggplanted and your scarf looks great.

And I really like how it looks in medium weight! Oh come now, the Chevron scarf isn't really never ending. ;) Maybe I'll bust out my January One for your pattern? But I'll have to figure out where to put it in my queue.

Sam said...

Lovely! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

adrienne said...

something else to put on my to-do list after i finish my noro entrelac scarf, and the str chevron.

you know we don't need that many scarves living here in the bay area!

dang you, irish girlie!!!!!!!

xoxoxo

cpurl17 said...

Oh wow! Secretly, I don't like knitting scarves but that pattern may bring me out of scarf retirement because it rocks!!

tapmouse said...

VERY COOL! You rock, Girlie!

sgeddes said...

Love it! I saw it and have added it to my to do list right away. Now I just have to decide whcihc to do first heavyweight or mediumweight. What needles size did you use for the medium swatch?
I think I need to go place another order!

Rani said...

Squeeeeeeee! It's sooooo cooool! I can't wait to try that pattern! It's gorgeous! It really shows off the beautiful yarn.

And what a treat that you showed us your other versions. I'm off to Ravelry to put that in my queue.

You are truly talented!

Marie said...

The yarn and the stitch work are a perfect match. Each complements the other nicely. Well done!

Tiny Tyrant said...

I LOVE that pattern.

And I have the perfect yarn for it already in the stash.

tiennie said...

Beautiful!!! Perfect pattern.

cockeyed said...

lovely.......

jmcmjoan said...

You've done it again, Irishgirlie! Thanks for sharing! I have now found a purpose for one of my new favorite colorways! hugs, Joan

Chloe Sparkle said...

Wow! That is unfathomably gorgeous! Truly stunning.

Emily said...

Gorgeous!

guiltypleasures said...

That's most definitely in my Ravelry queue now. Absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for the pattern.

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