Thursday, June 07, 2012

Beaded Bleeding Heart Scarf

This is actually the tuck lace scarf from Machine Knitting Fun, the small version using 16-0-15 stitches, T8, and the same yarn as the purple scarf.  I meant to weigh it as the ball felt a little light, but forgot.  It's plenty long though.
Each of the foam squares is about 2 ft long.
I knit the 6 rows in hold, then one row, then put the beads on the 3 tucked stitches, then knit the second plain row.  This centered the bead over the tucks.  At first, I knit the two plain rows and put the bed on, which made it sit on the really long stitch that forms the open back-to-back triangles.  That was nice too, but it was more obvious.  Either way is fine.  I didn't know how many beads I had, or how many rows this would take, so I just did the first 6 or so repeats, then knitted until I seemed to be low on yarn.
Then I started the beading again.  As it was, I probably had enough beads to do the whole thing!  Next time, I might divide the beads equally before starting.  I also didn't want to have happen what happened with the purple one--started beading the second end and realized I still had lots of yarn left.  I didn't want to run out of yarn before doing the same number of beaded rows either.  This time though, the beads are really subtle, so I said "oh well, one end has more beads than the other" rather than rip it back and re-knit some without the beads.  It's such a fast knit though that I really should have knit the whole yarn (doing the second end beadless), then rip back to match the number of beaded rows I had at the start, and re-knit them with the beads.

I opted to block it so the sides formed scallops.  The blocking wires really helped with this!  In fact, I don't think it would have looked right if it had been blocked with straight sides, unless you did more plain stitches on the edges.

I really like this yarn.  It's light and airy and the colours were very saturated, with just a little bit of difference in shade between the fibers of the two plies.

I've tried many times to upload the picture of the scarf in my bleeding heart plant, but it won't load.  My SIL says bleeding hearts are one of her favourite  flowers and they grow wild and crazy in Alberta where she used to live.  The yarn is the exact colour.  I had a hard time giving this one away, but not as hard of time as what she's going through :)

Yarn In:  12 574gr
Yarn Out:  10 664+ 50gr = 10 714gr
Balance:  1860 gr more In than Out
Costs:  $287.71/164 days = $1.75/day


The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Wow, Tracy - this is beautiful! I'm impressed with how you are doing beading on the knitting machine too! I wonder (as a non-machne knitter) could this pattern be knitted without a machine. I looked at the pattern, but of course I have no idea what it means, since i am not machine-knit saavy! How many row repeats is it? I think it is quite lovely!

TracyKM said...

Thanks Naphta!
The one thing a machine can do that handknitting can't, is leave a needle out of work. This creates a gap between stitches, that depending on the gauge of the knitting (and how it's blocked), will either show as a column of ladders, or will loosen the stitches around it. You can try to replicate this in HK by doing a yarn over on each row, but dropping it instead of knitting it. You can also knit the stitch, but at the end, before casting off, drop it and ladder it down.
The other issue is the tuck stitch. If you were to just slip the stitch with the yarn at the wrong (purl) side, it might not have enough slack. If you're careful about that, you should be able to then pick up the floats and knit them with the stitch on the designated row. It's worth doing a little swatch :)