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Fallen Leaves Scarf Knit-Along, Part III

Aug 10, 2010

Welcome back to the Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along! Now that we've gone through the preparation of part 1 and the slip stitch pattern of part 2, our final week takes us into the two middle sections of the scarf, which features the basket weave pattern and the seed stitch. (We skip the last section in the video segments, since it is the same slip stitch section as the first section of the scarf, repeated in different colors.)

 

One of the things you'll notice I emphasize in working these two stitch pattern is that because they are two variants on a checkerboard look (one with 4x4 stitch blocks of knit and purl, and the other that is 1x1 stitch), it is useful to learn how to "read" your knitting visually so that you can follow the pattern, without having to refer to the actual pattern directions every line.

So what does that mean? Look at the chart of the basket weave pattern below (seen from the RS). Looking at it, you can see that the Vs line up for 4 rows and the Os line up for 4 rows, then we have a transition row, and then the Vs and Os are off-set. It's very clear where they line up and how. When you're knitting, you should also be able to do the same thing. Look and see what the stitch you're working into was, so that you know what stitch you should make on top of it.

VVVVOOOOVVVVOOOO 10
VVVVOOOOVVVVOOOO 9
VVVVOOOOVVVVOOOO 8
VVVVOOOOVVVVOOOO 7
VVVV VVVV VVVV VVVV 6
OOOOVVVVOOOOVVVV 5
OOOOVVVVOOOOVVVV 4
OOOOVVVVOOOOVVVV 3
OOOOVVVVOOOOVVVV 2
VVVV VVVV VVVV VVVV 1

Tip: remember that you will need to work the stitch based on what it looks like CURRENTLY, not how you created it (since a stitch you knit on the previous row will look like a purl while you're knitting this current row). As I said in part 1, a knit stitch should look like a V and a purl should look like a bump.

And just in case you want to see the way seed stitch lines up as a little chart, here it is:

VOVOVOVOVOV
OVOVOVOVOVO
VOVOVOVOVOV
OVOVOVOVOVO
VOVOVOVOVOV
OVOVOVOVOVO

Now that you have a sense of basket weave and seed stitch, tuck them into your repertoire and keep them for future projects. You may not be able to see it, but the sweater I'm wearing in the videos has a seed stitch collar, and I often use basket weave in cowls, scarves, and other gift items because it lays flat and is good for both men and women. That's the best part about learning new skills through knit-alongs like this one--you have them forever!

Good luck doing your final slip stitch section! I'm sure it will go fast, now that you've had a lot of practice with the first section.

Don't forget to leave a comment and let us know how your scarf is going! Post a link to a photo of your scarf and we'll include it in our round-up next week before we start our next knit-along, the Little Lamb Sock Critter!  

The Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along is sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. For more information on the yarn used in this knit-along, please visit LionBrand.com.

 


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