Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Knitting New Scarves

Have you seen this book? Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr. It could change your life. Or at least how you look at knitting, especially scarves.

I think we tend to look at knitting as two dimensional. A flat piece with a front and a back. Or maybe it's one dimensional. This book sets out to change that. True, there are some scarves in the book that are conventional in that they have only two sides but most of them stress the three dimensional quality that scarves can have.

Not all the patterns are hard. Some are quite easy. There are some techniques that may take a while to get the hang of but there's nothing that isn't a variation on common techniques. Sure, some of them look to be quite time-consuming and maybe could even be considered fiddly. And there's a couple that I would never consider making just because they don't appeal to me. YMMV.

I have some ancient yarn, Tahki Chelsea Silk, that I'm going to use for my first project from this book. I just have to decide which one to do first. There's the one with the ruffly edge. Or the one that uses wedge shapes to create a wavy length in one or two colors. And then there's the tilting staircase. I think I'll wait until after the holidays to take on the ones that require you to knit through your knitting to start a new square.


Anonymous said...

Hey, can we do this together? Mendy

Anonymous said...

Where did you get this book?


Jason said...

I am so excitd about this book. I spin, but I haven't really connected any knitting project with my hand-spun yarn. I can definitely see using some of my yarn for projects in this book. I am going to try Drifting Pleats first. Oh, and learning new techniques is always a plus! :-)

Anonymous said...

Weren't you the person who suggested that there were already
TOO many scarf knitting books? Can't wait to see which one you knit first.
I found the Tomten pattern. It was in the EZ book I already own...buried at the bottom of some knitting magazines, retrieved last weekend. See you at knitting night. GK

Bess said...

WOW! Just when you think you can't find anything new to say about a scarf! thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Larry, thanks for the scarf book heads-up. I will have to get that one.