Sunday, June 21, 2009

Short Row Brights

I love it when a pattern and a yarn come together in the perfect combination. I think this is one of those times.

Short Row Ribs Scarf

Pattern: Short Row Rib*
also see others on Ravelry and my Ravelry post
Yarn: Noro Kureyon
Color: 166
Amount: 3 skeins, about 330 yards, a few yards leftover.
Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
Size: 7" x 72"

I know a lot of people have complaints against Noro yarns, and to some extent I understand: it's not always the softest yarn in the world (but soaking and blocking does wonders!), sometimes it comes with knots and "twigs," (although I personally haven't seen much of this), and some of the color changes can result in a muddy stretch of yarn.

But I still love Noro, love their colors, and I love the yarn and the effects I get with it.

Here's a perfect example.

I loved the brights in this yarn but wasn't sure what would be the best way to use them and not have them get lost. Then I stumbled on this pattern -- and I couldn't be happier with the combination.

It's a relatively quick and easy knit. It says it's for "intermediate" knitters but I think if you're brave and have done some simple work, you won't find this hard at all. You have to pay attention in a few places and then it takes off.

The pattern I used is basically the same as the one I linked to but the link isn't the original (which has apparently been removed from the internet) -- so there may be slight differences. Let me know if you run into any problems or questions. I've already walked a few people through this pattern.

A blurry but good depiction of the short rows.

The pattern uses a technique called (in case you haven't figured it out) "short rows." On initial reading, the directions may not necessarily make sense, but if you just plunge in and go, it works. And look at the wonderful color banding you get!

The technique is the same as I used in a scarf I made for a friend although the pattern is a little different. Both were fun knits.

Happy knitting!

1 comment:

C├ęcile said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors and agree that this pattern seems to be perfect for the yarn.

Ceci (acanthus from Ravelry)