Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sparkly Trellis Scarves

A handknitting friend gave me a scarf made out of "railroad" yarn with bright spots. It looks almost like jewelry, hangs beautifully, and brought a lot of compliements.
I found the yarn (there are lots of brands and versions) and figured out a way to make these scarves quickly on the bulky knitting machine. It's just 1x1 ribbing with plenty of weight, and you do need to handle the yarn carefully so it doesn't catch on gate pegs and needles. I could get two scarves out of one ball of yarn.

It is very helpful to rewind the yarn into a loose center pull ball, then put the ball
inside a container on the floor, then thread the machine. Make sure the upper tension unit is loose.

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