Friday, February 01, 2008

Indian Cross Stitch Scarf-and Dragon Scales

Three Five comments, all about 1 stitch pattern.. It is pretty, isn't it?

It can be found in The Big Book of Knitting Stitches, where it's called Waves, but a more common name is Dragon Scales—which is what it is called in Leisure Arts Encyclopedia of Knitting, and other stitch dictionaries. There is a pattern for a pair of socks (somewhere—on line? Recently in a knitting magazine?) that features the pattern, too.

There are several variations.. the one I did has a column of 2 knit stitches separating the 'scales/waves', some versions have a single column of knits, others have 3. Some versions have mirror image panels, (my version doesn't)

I used a simple script e cast on for a make one.. some versions have YO, other use a lifted increase.

Another interesting stitch is the Indian Cross stitch.

This starts with an elongated stitch (either wrap the yarn round the needle 3 times, not once, to make an over sized loops/or add a YO between each knit stitch.)

First 6 stitches at time are slipped, and the extra wraps/YO's are dropped, (to elongate) .

Then they are returned to left needle, out of order. Before returning the stitches to the left needle, stitches 1, 2, and 3 are pulled over stitches 4, 5 and 6.
They aren't cabled, but rather the last three stitches of the group, tunnel under the first three.

Then knit all six, (first stitch 4, then 5, then 6, then 1, 2, 3. ) --then repeat with the next group of six.

The elongated stitches are easy to manipulate. This Stitch is a great way to show off fancy yarns, and even a simple ribbon yarn looks special.

I made a version with Lion Brand Ribbon Yarn, (and a size 13/9mm needle) but experiment--use this pattern as a springboard for your own design.

Cross Stitch Lace Ribbon Scarf

Lion Brand Incredible ribbon yarn—color Rainbow.
Short scarf (apx 60”x 8”) 3 balls/Extra Long scarf (apx 77” x 8”) 4 balls
Size 13 needles (9mm) (gauge is not critical for this pattern)

Cast on 34 stitches. (Long tail cast on suggested)
Row 1 to 4 Knit every row.

Row 1 Knit every stitch (Right side)
Row 2: P2 K30, P2
Row 3: Knit every stitch (right side)
Row 5 Knit every stitch (reverse stocking knit)
Row 6: K2, YO, K1, (30 times) YO, K2 (right side)
Row 7 : K2, *slip 6 stitches, letting YO’s drop . Let all 6 stitches elongate.

Take left needle, and pick up first three slipped stitches and cross them over the remaining three stitches, (in an action similar pulling stitches over another to bind off)--BUT do not drop the stitches, keep them on left needle.

Then transfer the last three stitches to left needle. Knit all 6 stitches in the new order. Repeat from * 4 more times. Knit 2—

Note the extra YO's/wraps at end of row also gets dropped. It will provide ease for last to knit stitches

Row 8: Knit every stitch (right side)
Row 9: P2, K30, P2.
Row 10 Knit every stitch (right side)
Row 11: knit every stitch (reverse stocking knit)
Row 12: P2, K30, P2

Repeat the pattern rows 17 (23) times, or till scarf reaches desired length.
End with 4 rows of garter stitch.


Angie said...

Thanks! I can't wait to make one!

Jessica said...

There's also a version of this stitch pattern in Barbara Walker's 1st treasury... she recommends that you knit 1 but don't pull yarn through yet, wrap 4, pull yarn through and continue..then the next row, you slip 8 letting the wraps elongate, slip first 4 stitches onto the left needle & then slip the others on & knit them, basically in the order you mentioned...

I just swatched it with fingering weight yarn but am thinking it would look nicer with a thicker variegated yarn...

I haven't decided what kind of scarf I'm going to make yet, I'm also interested in the morning surf scarf and the my so-called scarf pattern... SO many stitches, so little time, LOL...