Here we go! Spring is officially here even if it doesn't feel like it just yet. But let's force the issue with our pretty new scarves. Today we cast on for the Nectar Knit Along and I share a few new tips, too.
The Nectar scarf uses three balls of Ewe So Sporty yarn. I am using the hyacinth color kit which includes Brushed Silver, Indigo and Soft Sage. Since the scarf uses three colors we call them Colors A, B and C in the pattern to differentiate which one you should be knitting with at a given time. For my scarf I'll be using Brushed Silver as my color A.
According to the instructions we begin by casting on with Color A and then we work in the Bias Design which consists of two pattern rows. Row 1 is just to knit.
For Row 2 we need to perform an increase at one end and a decrease at the other end. The increase we'll be using is called Kfb or knit into the front and the back of one stitch. Start by knitting this stitch as normal.
Leave the stitch on the left hand needle. Now we're going to twist and knit into the back leg of the stitch.
Like this... A slight twist of the left needle lets you see that back leg. Knit into it.
You'll have two stitches on the right hand needle. Once you have them up on the right needle you can slide the stitch off the left needle. One became two. On purpose!
The instructions then move you along knitting to the other end of the needle. Stop with two stitches to go.
Now we make a k2tog or simply, knit two stitches together. Slide your needle into two stitches at the same time, knit as normal. Now there's one where there was two, a decrease.
Combining these two techniques, an increase at one edge and a decrease at the other and performing them consistently will over time make the knitting skew to create this unusual but easy design.
When you finish Row 2 and turn your work back over to work a Row 1 again, attach a clip ring marker to the front of the knitting. When you see this marker facing you then you know you get to perform an easy-breezy knit row. And it will also mean that you may start a new color.
Continue to work Rows 1 & 2 for 6 more rows -- 8 rows total. Now we add Color B. Don't cut Color A, just add B and work its two rows.
When you get back to the the starting point you'll have Color A sitting down below.
Move Color A under B to capture B with a half twist. Begin knitting as normal with Color A again.
We work with Color A again for 8 rows but we don't want to cut B each time we need a little stripe so we carry it up the side of the work. Every time you're ready to start a new Row 1 move the non-working color in front of the one you want to use and continue to knit as normal. This sort of locks the non-working strand to the edge of the work.
Here is how the scarf edge looks as you continue this. It might seem like a bit of contrast here but when the scarf is finished this edge will barely be noticeable. Take a look at the pattern photo, I used the same technique in that sample. Can you see the twists? Nope! It's a magical technique that prevents you from ending up with a ton of tiny cut ends to weave in. Hurrah! Also, remember to move your stitch marker up the work as you go so you don't ever have to wonder which design row you're supposed to work!
I hope you have a lot of fun getting started on your Nectar scarf. I'm going to work through this first section of the instructions until it calls for you to cut Color A. On Thursday we'll talk about counting garter ridges to make quick work of the section to follow.
Just joining us? See Introduction here.