Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I am a designer :D

 I was fiddling around on Ravelry last night and added a few of my original pieces to the "my original designs" section. I put comments that I would make patterns available if anyone was interested. One of my posted designs was for a houndstooth scarf I made for myself last winter. This morning when I was looking at Ravelry, I was shocked to see that I had 38 new messages in my inbox. All but 2 of these were people requesting, asking, one even begging, that I make this pattern avaiable. One lovely lady even said that she would pay! So I immediately got out the scarf and my dismal notes and fixed it up into a real, bona fide pattern. You can see it posted below. I also finally managed to get it posted as a PDF on Ravelry (you can find the link to download the PDF in the post below as well) .

  I can't tell you how good it makes me feel to have so many other people, complete strangers, interested in knitting my design. It is a lovely scarf, but for so many people to be interested just boggles my mind and makes me wonder if maybe I could sell some of my designs after all. 40 people have it favorited as a design and another 11 as a project. Wow! I know to some those numbers aren't impressive, but for me that is huge.

Bicolour tweed stitch scarf

Hey, that's just what the stitch pattern was called in the book. 
download the PDF

BiColour Tweed Stitch Scarf


By Eve Self


Using MC, CO 35


Row 1: using MC K1,  *sl 1 purlwise, K2; rep from * to last stitch  K1
Row 2: K
Row 3: using CC K1, *K2, sl 1 purlwise; rep from * to last stitch,  K1
Row 4: K


Repeat these 4 rows until scarf is desired length. BO using MC.

The only problem I had was when I moved on to my next project. After so many hundreds of repeats of slipping p-wise while making the scarf I found myself forgetting to actually make my purl stitches when I started something else! Oops...

Houndstooth scarf pattern

Okay, I figured out how to get this posted on Ravelry, but might as well have it here as well :)

Click here to download the PDF

(Note: I really don't update here anymore. I get quite a few questions about this pattern, but rarely am able to get to them anymore. I haven't knitted this in so long that it's hard for me to answer. I'll do my best, but I make no guarantees.)
Houndstooth Scarf
Designed by Eve Self

This is a pretty easy scarf but the result is stunning. I’ve had people stop me on the street and ask where they could buy one. It’s also a very thick scarf since it’s knit in the round. I used what I had on hand to make this scarf, but if you used a more luxurious yarn, this would be downright decadent! There are so many variations that could be made to this and I’d love to see what everyone comes up with. I was very pleasantly surprised by the number of people who asked for this pattern. So, by popular demand (!) here it is:
Materials needed:
2 skeins I love this Yarn! (from Hobby Lobby) in Cream (MC)
Just one skein and a teensy bit of the second are used
Any worsted weight will be fine, but make it something soft.
1 skein I Love this Yarn! In black (CC)
Size 8 circular needle or DPNs
Crochet hook (for attaching fringe)
Gauge isn’t critical here. My finished scarf is roughly 6” X 6’ excluding fringe.
With MC, cast on 58 stitches
1. (P1, K28) twice. Making sure your work isn’t twisted, join in the round.
2. (P1, K28) twice
3. {MC P1, (K2, CC K1, MC K1) X7} twice
4. {MC P1, (CC K3, MC K1) X7} twice
5. {MC P1, (K1, CC K3) X7} twice
6. {MC P1, (MC K1, CC K1, MC K2) X7} twice
Repeat rows 3 through 6 29 more times. Cut CC (or for a different look, cut MC and do ribbing in CC. You might need more than one skein if you do.)
{(P1, K3) X7, P1} twice
Work this row 49 more times
1. {MC P1, (MC K1, CC K1, MC K2) X7} twice
2. {MC P1, (K1, CC K3) X7} twice
3. {MC P1, (CC K3, MC K1) X7} twice
4. {MC P1, (K2, CC K1, MC K1) X7} twice
5. (P1, K28) twice
6. (P1, K28) twice
Bind off.
Cut 56 strands of each color. Using crochet hook, pull one strand of each color through corresponding stitches on front and back of scarf to make a loop. Pull ends of strands through loop to knot. I find it works well to tie a knot at the ends of each strand. This adds a tiny bit of weight to the end and makes it hang better as well as keeping it from unraveling as quickly.

Copyright of this pattern is mine. All I ask is that if you make them to sell, give me some credit somehow. If you wanted to send me a buck or two that would be all right, too ;)