Fair isle (stranded) scarf in the round?

Last year, I made my husband the Norwegian Star Earflap Hat and he’s in LOVE with it. Now he wants a matching scarf. I do NOT want to do double knitting, as I’m an English knitter and it will take me ten years to double knit it.

So I found a pattern called the Snowflake Scarf, which says it’s fair isle (stranded) in the round. This, I could do.

My question is this - how do you make it lay flat, instead of being a long tube? Is it just a matter of putting on tassles to close it off at both ends, and then blocking it flat?


You could do a phony seam although it’s a long project to do it on. I did that on my seamless cardigan and it folds nicely along that ‘seam’ line. I can take a photo if you want.

There are directions here for it. You can see on the edge of the pants that it has an area that looks similar to a seam.

I knit a tube scarf and it is nice and flat. The tassles will do that! I didn’t even block mine. :slight_smile:

Awesome! I’ll try it with the tassles. I really don’t want to sew a seam :slight_smile:

:teehee: That’s the beauty of it…it’s NOT really a seam and there is NO sewing involved…hence the name “phony seam”. However, maybe the tassels will work fine for you. :thumbsup:

Jan, that is a really interesting technique! I’m not sure I totally understand how to do it, but it’s neat. I bookmarked it! :cheering:

You can also do a ‘phony seam’ by just knitting in a purl st where the edges will be. That helps it fold up.

Oh, I get it now. That’s interesting!

Gamerchik, Your side panel states:

Location: Slytherin House

Yet you knit a Gryffindor scarf? Are you currently pollyjuiced? :?? :slight_smile:

I also have found that stockinette stitch folds easily and I’ve never needed to make any special allowance. I have considered using a purl (anti-rib) as suzeeq suggested but always seem to opt for the ease of just straight st st. :wink:

Now, just what is that Slytherin Gamerchik playing at by giving you a simple and correct answer? :wink: Well, I guess not all Slytherin’s are dark Wizards or witches. :shrug:

LaFlaca1226, I also have a Fair Isle scarf in progress. (I really should update my signature OTNs) Working the scarf as a tube makes for a very thick scarf (I’m using worsted weight acrylic yarn). You might want to consider that when choosing your yarn weight and when planing the width of your scarf.

For the more seasoned experts (Sue or Jan) does using a larger needle help thin out a thick tube knit when working Fair Isle?

LaFlaca1226, for the small diameter scarf tube, you might consider using either the two circular needle method or a single longer circular and magic loop. I shudder when I consider Fair Isle on DPNs. Two color and multiple unused needle point sound like too many opportunities to get things tangled up.

LMAO! I am not polyjuiced! I made the Gryffindor scarf for my DH. I actually started a Slytherin scarf but it has been sitting on waste yarn for a couple of years, lol.

I am currently knitting a little Christmas ornament on US size 2 DPNs that is 2-color knitting (from the awesome Knit Picks ornament kit that is advertised on here) and there are a lot of pointy needles to tangle things! LOL. I tried magic loop a while ago but didn’t like it. Maybe I should try it again with a longer cable. Maybe. LOL!



For the more seasoned experts (Sue or Jan) does using a larger needle help thin out a thick tube knit when working Fair Isle?

[/COLOR]Are you saying we are old? :eyebrow2: :teehee:

Sue’s more seasoned that I am (:lol:), but I think knitting with a larger needle would make it feel a less dense maybe, but both sides are still going to be worsted weight. I also wonder if using a larger needle would make the floats show through the front occasionally. I think the best way to make it less bulky is to use a lighter weight yarn to begin with.

:roll: Jan, I was merely acknowledging you both appear to have more experience with yarn, projects, patterns, methods, and techniques than do I. :wink:

I know. :roflhard: I’ve actually only been knitting for 4 yrs, but I think Sue started knitting long before I.