Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2015 installment of the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection! Is it your New Year’s resolution to grow your knitting skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m proud to announce that this is my 5th year of leading these educational knit alongs. I’m excited to work with our devoted followers along with so many first timers as well.
We kick off 2015 with Endgame, a beautiful unisex scarf knit with the tweedy luxury of Kenzie. I have some fabulous techniques included in the pattern and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Before we begin, here’s a quick overview of how the KAL works:
- A portion of the 4-part mystery pattern is revealed here on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday in January. The weekly pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post. An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
- All techniques are supported with video instruction at knitpurlhunter.com
- All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry. It’s like having your own private knitting tutor!
- Projects completed by February 15 are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks! See skacelknitting.com for all the info.
We start our scarf with the invisible beauty of the Tubular Cast On worked in K2, P2. You may have noticed in previous projects that the cast on edge leaves a defined line which can detract from the ribbing.
Below is a k2, p2 rib cast on with the Long Tail method. The Long Tail Cast On actually adds a row of work to the piece. After the casting on for flat knitting, the work is turned and reveals a row of purl stitches. Notice the purl bumps that are visible under each knit stitch along the ribbed edge – these are the cast on stitches.
For an invisible edge in rib, I recommend the Tubular Cast On. Below is the same k2, p2 rib, but cast on with the Tubular method. The knit and purl stitches just seem to flow to the bottom giving a nice rounded edge. (Click image to enlarge)
I have a fabulous video to walk you through all the steps of this cast on, but I will briefly describe them here as well. This process will yield a beautiful rib with two knit stitches on each end, providing a neatly symmetrical edge. See Tubular Cast On – K2, P2 video.
- With smooth, contrasting color waste yarn, cast on 21 stitches, half the number of required stitches, using any method you prefer.
- Work four rows of stockinette.
- Cut waste yarn. Join project yarn and work three rows of stockinette ending after a knit row.
- With wrong side facing, *p2, pick up the first loop of the project yarn situated three rows below (purl bump just below the last row of waste yarn) place the loop on the left needle and knit the loop, pick up a second loop and knit it in the same manner. Repeat from * to last pick up loop (one stitch remaining on left needle), work a kfb into the last pick up loop, purl the last stitch on left needle. The stitch count is now doubled to 42 stitches.
- Work several rows in k2, p2 rib. (Note that Endgame’s k2, p2 rib includes an I-cord edge, described below.)
- Remove waste yarn to reveal tubular edge.
In addition to the cast on edge, every end in Endgame will be gorgeous. We give the vertical edges the star treatment with a two stitch I-cord. This trim helps the scarf to lie flat and eliminates those wonky stitches often found at the sides of a scarf.
To work an I-cord edge, simply slip the last two stitches of every row with yarn in front. The two stitches in the I-cord are slipped as if to purl, but by keeping the yarn in front, we create a small tube on the ends. You will begin working the I-cord edge in the first row of k2, p2 that starts after the stitches are doubled. (The I-cord is not worked in the stockinette rows of the cast on.) The two slipped stitches are included in both the written and charted instructions. It takes a few rows for the tube to emerge, but I think you will be pleased with the results.
While working the ribbing, I recommend pinning a marker to the Right Side to help distinguish it from the nearly identical Wrong Side.
Work the the ribbing until it measures 3″, ending after a right side row. Work the Set Up Row on the wrong side to increase the stitch count to 44 sts.
Don’t forget to change to the larger size needle to work Section A of the Body.
Now the cable fun begins! Endgame features magically reversible cables made possible with ribbed stitches. I encourage you to read the directions for the cable stitches carefully. The cables are executed in the usual manner, but the cables include both knit and purl stitches. Slip 4 stitches and hold them to either the front or back of the work (the pattern will direct you). Over next four stitches on left hand needle, k1, p2, k1. Work the four stitches from cable needle as k1, p2, k1. These stitches create a reversible rib within the cable, giving you a scarf that is good looking from every angle! If you are new to cables, watch my Cables video for a quick tutorial.
I have included both written and charted instructions for the body of Endgame. If you are unaccustomed to knitting from charts, try your hand at them after watching the Charts video. Follow whichever style of directions you prefer, and work the twelve-row repeat 10 times for the shorter version and 12 times for the longer version. After a few rows, you will find that the pattern is fairly easy to memorize. ALL wrong side rows are worked the same. ALL right side rows are identical except for the cable row – Row 3. In Row 3, be sure to hold the stitches in the first cable to the back (C8B) and to the front in the second cable (C8F). As in all cable patterns, the work is simple making it is easy to zip along and lose track of your row count. Use sticky notes, hash marks or a row counter to prevent this mistake.
It’s always a good idea to put a Lifeline in your knitting. This safety net protects your work and allows you to unravel safely past any mistakes. Consider placing one after completing a successful twelve-row repeat. You won’t be sorry! Watch the Lifelines video to learn this essential knitting technique.
While Endgame is a mystery pattern, I have chosen to include a photo of Part One to help you knit with confidence.
I will be spending today’s holiday at my sister’s wedding! I will be online less than usual today to join in the celebration. I’ll be back in full force tomorrow:)
Endgame – Part One
Click here to download printable version
- Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils, 3(4) skeins
- Waste yarn -contrasting color in a similar weight to Kenzie, 10 yards
- US #6 (4mm) straight or circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- US #7 (4.5mm) straight or circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Cable needle
- Tapestry needle
Approximately 6 ½” wide, Short 56″ and Long 70” long.
20 stitches = 4” in stockinette using larger needle.
C8B – slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of work. Over next four stitches on left hand needle, k1, p2, k1. Work the four stitches from cable needle, k1, p2, k1. See Cables Video
C8F – slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Over next four stitches on left hand needle, k1, p2, k1. Work the four stitches from cable needle, k1, p2, k1. See Cables Video
kfb – knit into front and back of stitch. See Kfb Video
M1 (Make One) – With left needle tip, lift running thread between needles, inserting the needle tip from front to back. Knit the lifted strand through the back. See Make One Video
sl – slip. See Slip Stitch Video
wyif – with yarn in front.
Directions are for Short version with Long version in ( ) when necessary.
Tubular Cast On for K2, P2 – See Tubular Cast On (K2, P2) Video
With smaller needle and waste yarn, cast on 21 sts using any method.
Work four rows in stockinette:
Row 1(RS) – Knit. Row 2 – Purl. Row 3 – Knit. Row 4 -Purl.
Change to project yarn (Kenzie) and work three rows in stockinette, ending after a knit row:
Row 1(RS) – Knit. Row 2 – Purl. Row 3 – Knit.
On the next row (WS), *p2, pick up the first loop of the project yarn situated three rows below (purl bump just below the last row of waste yarn), place the loop on the left hand needle and knit the loop, pick up a second loop and knit it in the same manner. Repeat from * to last pick up loop (one stitch remaining on left needle), work a kfb into the last pick up loop, purl the last stitch on left needle. (42 sts)
Work several rows of ribbing (below) and remove waste yarn.
Row 1. (RS) *K2, p2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 2 wyif.
Row 2. K4, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 2 wyif.
Repeat above two rows until ribbing measures 3” ending after Row 1.
Set Up Row
With WS facing:
K3, M1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k3, p1, k2, (p2, k2) 3 times, p1, k3, p2, k2, p2, k1, M1, k1, sl 2 wyif. (44 sts)
Section A – Change to larger needles.
Work Rows 1-12, 10 (12) times using written instructions (below) or Chart A.
Row 1. (RS) K2, p3, k6, p3, k1, (p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k1, p3, k6, p3, sl 2 wyif.
Row 2 and ALL wrong side rows. K5, p2, k2, p2, k3, p1, (k2, p2) 3 times, k2, p1, k3, p2, k2, p2, k3, sl 2 wyif.
Row 3. K2, p3, k6, p3, C8B, C8F, p3, k6, p3, sl 2 wyif
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11. Same as Row 1.