Colorwork the Easy Way: Slipped Stitches

The first time I saw Eunny Jang's Blooming Cotton Scarf, featured in our Spring Interweave Knits 2009 issue, I thought it was stranded colorwork, like a modern sort of Fair Isle. It certainly looks that way–but it's not. Instead of working with two colors at a time, you work with only one color at a time per row, so there's no yarn wrangling to be done.

How does this work? The Blooming Cotton Scarf uses the magic of slipped stitches to create a rich, colorful pattern. You hold the working color in your hand, knitting only some stitches in each row, and slipping-without-working other stitches. The slipped stitches are thus "carried up" from previous rows where another color was used. That's how the color patterns are formed: If you slip a stitch from a previous row, it will stay in the color of that previous row. Magic! (Not to mention super-easy.)

One more interesting thing about the Blooming Cotton Scarf

It is worked in the round lengthwise! Yes, I said lengthwise–like a big knitted circle. When the knitting is done, you cut through the circle at a place where there is no color pattern, and ravel the work back to the beginning of the actual colorwork. Instant fringe! And also…a sneaky-but-easy steek, thrown in there when no one was looking. This is a really stress-free way to have your first "cutting-your-knitting" experience.

This is a great spring scarf–don't forget to check out the alternate colorways below! And there’s more great spring projects in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, pick it up at your local yarn store or order here.

— Sandi

 


 

The Blooming Cotton Scarf: More colorways!

If you love the scarf, but the colorway shown in the magazine is not your style, Eunny has designed three alternate colorways. Instructions for the main scarf are in the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits; instructions for the three alternate colorways are this week's free pattern download.

Download the Blooming Colors Scarf: Alternate Colorways!

 


 


Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. You can find her blogging here on Knitting Daily every Thursday. Want more? Visit Sandi's personal blog, wiseheart knits. Or, if you're on Twitter, follow her tweets: alpacasandi.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Colorwork the Easy Way: Slipped Stitches

  1. Sandi, you have such a great voice when you write. When you are introducing something new or explaining somthing knotty like knitting math you’re actually both fun to read and informative. A rare talent, that! Since you’re obviously a busy woman, why don’t you cut back to posting once a week? That way there’s no need to retype what’s already been published, as with this posting.

  2. Sandi, I’m excited to do the red version of the scarf. I rarely go beyond earth tones, but I’m being adventerous on this one. The problem is when I went to order the yarn off yarn market, the peach had a different number than that listed on your site (number for light cantaloupe). Can you tell me which is the one you used in the example ( peach or light cantaloupe)? Thanks!

  3. Sandi, I’m excited to do the red version of the scarf. I rarely go beyond earth tones, but I’m being adventerous on this one. The problem is when I went to order the yarn off yarn market, the peach had a different number than that listed on your site (number for light cantaloupe). Can you tell me which is the one you used in the example ( peach or light cantaloupe)? Thanks!

  4. This scarf is so neat! Seems I’ll have to find the time to fit in another project. I’ve not had much experience in knitting with circular needles and have been looking for more patterns to practice with, this one sounds like fun. Interweave always has the best free patterns! Thank you for all you do, you make learning an adventure.

  5. When I downloaded the alternate colorways, the pdf contained the full scarf pattern, not just the colorways. I subscribe to the magazine, so I have the pattern already, but your blog entry suggested that everyone needs to purchase the pattern. If it is indeed a free download, pattern AND alternate colorways, perhaps you should correct this blog entry?

  6. LindaD, I stopped getting them then too – and they’d been coming like clockwork up until then. Not sure whether I need to put my e-mail address into the system again somewhere? it still knows me for logging onto the site (obviously, since I’m able to post here), but nothing is coming to my inbox these days. Sorry to have missed all those undoubtedly brilliant posts, Sandi; can somebody help us out?
    Thanks! — JullesT

  7. Has anyone figured out what to do with the back of this scarf. It has slubs of yarn over 6 stitches, and I’m afraid it will be easily caught on things and fingers. I had thot of backing it with flannel, but don’t want it to get too heavy. Would appreciate some thots as to what others are gonna do.
    Muriel

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