FO: KDTV Dropped Stitch Scarf

I watched Series 900 of KDTV (Knitting Daily TV) DVD’s. Sooo much information, very useful, new, fresh!

Anyway, a simple great scarf was demonstrated on the show, Episode 904. The Tencel Dropped Stitch Scarf. Here is the free pattern. If the pattern itself isn’t on the page right away, just type Tencel Dropped Stitch Scarf in the Search box. It is a free downloadable pdf pattern, and I was able to put it in my Google Drive (Cloud) so that I have it across all of my devices and pc’s. Google Drive, as most of you know, instantaneously syncs across every device, laptop and pc that you have the software (free) installed. It’s really nice to be able to open any device…laptop, tablet or smartphone and have instant access to any pattern in there! Google Drive will even store WORD doc patterns too, so you can save your Knitty patterns in Google Drive as well. You’re allowed 5GB free space, and patterns don’t suck up that allotment.
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The scarf is basically garter stitch. The st st columns will be “unzipped” (dropped) after the final bind-off row. NOTE: very important…each knit stitch either side of the st st column are knit through the back loops on RS and WS. This twisted stitch “locks” the st st (to be dropped). The twisted stitches either side of the dropped stitch prevent the dropped stitch from mooshing into their space. So that’s the hardest part of this scarf pattern: [B]remembering to twist those knits on either side of the st st (that will be unzipped)[/B]

The bind-off is interesting. So pay close attention to that. It’s written in the directions. Basically…you form a 3-st ‘bridge’ over top of the dropped stitch as you’re binding off. (click link…can you see it?) This allows the “unzipped” column to spread. Each dropped stitch will expand to the width of approx 3 st.

The scarf was 4" wide before ‘unzipping’. Six inches wide after unzipping. I didn’t block this scarf. I’m giving it away today to my BFF. I gave her the cardigan that used the majority of the yarn. I knit it for me, but it “grew”, and became sloppy on me. Top-down construction and raglan sleeves are OFF MY KNIT LIST these days.

This scarf was knit with the 53g leftover, about 161 yds. The scarf is 6" x 45", and Kay will be delighted with it. She treasures the cardigan! I had only worn it 2 or 3 times to church, and she drooled over it every time.

FRONT, before unzipping…

BACK, before unzipping…

Being constructed…

Use of stitch markers is paramount to successful knitting…[B]because[/B] the twisted stitches (that flank each of the st st column) are very apparent from the RS, [B]but not the WS.[/B]

Even with stitch markers, you have to pay attention…don’t miss those twisted (thru back loop) stitches!

More photos on my Ravelry project page

This is my yarn…impulsively purchased in 2008 at a Yarn Festival (like a Stitches).
[B]NOTE TO SELF:[/B] stay away from Yarn Festivals…a sweater’s worth of this yarn was $$ridiculous$$
I haven’t attended this Pacific NW version of Stitches since 2009…:thumbsup:

That’s so pretty! It’s easy to see why your friend loves the sweater and the scarf to match…wonderful, I’m sure she’ll be delighted.

The yarn works very well in the dropped stitch pattern, really shows it off. Beautiful in a sweater too, I’ll bet. Nice technique all around and interesting bind off.

Oh that’s pretty!!

You’ve raved about those DVDs. I’ll have to think about getting them.

I’m telling’ ya…the KDTV DVD series are THE BEST THING I’ve ever watched, Jan! For $39.95 you have $3995 worth of CLASSES! And you can watch them over and over again. I’ve learned sooooooo much. I’ve been tremendously inspired to do new things, improve others.

I will never EVER spend another dime for fleeting ‘classes’ at events like Stitches. Or even my LYS. Unless you just plain like ‘to join’ things like ‘classes’…and I don’t need the association at the rate of $20-$30 per hour…I save my education budget for the new KDTV Series. You REALLY get your money’s worth.

I can see the value of basic classes, and other specialty classes, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve been burned on some costly classes of little value. I’ve NEVER felt burned with the KDTV DVDs!

I’ll have to look into those DVDs. Are they just for really advanced knitters like you or could anyone benefit from them?

Glad you asked that question! I’d say [B]none[/B] of the KDTV content is designed for the advanced knitter! Every segment on the DVD’s is ‘a show’ with a little of everything. A part on yarn, then maybe a short segment on a particular technique, then a small segment by Kristin Omdahl about crochet, then a short segment about a project, etc.

I even find myself learning cool stuff in the Crochet Corner segment!

So that’s it. KDTV is meant to educate and inspire every knitter! Even what I’d consider ‘tricky stuff’ like a new cast-on technique…Eunny Jang breaks it down into a process that you can follow. To learn the new cast-on’s, I’ve been known to re-watch it ten times til I ‘get it’!

The dropped stitch scarf was demonstrated on the show, plus that cool modified herringbone stitch! I was sooooooo inspired I had to try them right away!

I’ve learned some cool ways to fix an oops! In Series 900, Eunny Jang showed us how to fix a mis-crossed cable without frogging back to the mistake! Wow. One of the mis-crossed cables was down several inches in a real complicated cable, a Celtic cable. Eunny showed how you can undo the error! It involved cutting one strand in it! I’d heard about this technique before, but could not for the life of me understand it! [B]But now I do![/B] If I ever need it, I’ll re-watch the segment and [B]do-it-along-with-Eunny![/B] cuz I’d definitely have to watch it again. But the main point is, I got it! And I got it well enough to feel confident about the [B]fix.[/B] Eunny took the mystery out of it.

In Series 900 there was a cool segment about the use of steeks…different ways to seal a steek’s raw edge. Mainly a thing Fair Isle knitters utilize, but I enjoyed learning the three ways you can do it! I could possibly use the techniques if I wanted to cut a knitted item to remodel it.

I’ve learned stuff that I didn’t even know I didn’t know. LOL

In the earlier KDTV Series 100-500 they used to include weaving lessons and spinning lessons! Wow. Oh, and needle felting lessons! Those are fiber arts that were a TOTAL MYSTERY to me. But after watching the demonstrations and lessons, I feel confident that I could weave or spin! Of course those fiber arts require equipment that I don’t own. Looms and spinning wheels. Although there was a lesson on drop spindle spinning which was very easy and minimal expense.

I bought some colored fiber from Knit Picks along with a little needle felting gadget after I watched the needle felting segment! That was sooooooo cool! It’s incredibly easy, and very artistic! You can needle felt teensy flowers and leaves right into knitted item! Or like onto your felted bag! I loved that segment! I had never even heard of needle felting!

There are sock lessons, too. BUT, I’ve yet to try a sock, everyone knows that! LOL

Techniques lessons are one of my favs. There are so many techniques that enhance regular knitting. I couldn’t even YouTube it because I wouldn’t know what I’m missing!

Anyway, [B] keep your eye PEELED for the DVDs to go ON SALE right about NOW![/B] Last year, KDTV/The Interweave Store was offering the DVD sets/series on sale…like instead of $39.95 each set (4 discs totaling 348 minutes, yes over 5 hours long!) they were 3 sets for $99. Something like that. Maybe even less.

You should check their website today! I bought my first five series, Series 100-500, from our Knitting Help Shop on sale for $34.95 each a few years ago, then I’ve been buying the new ones from the Interweave Store ever since. [B]As soon as it’s released, I grab it up![/B]

Like I said, the KDTV DVD Series are my only knitting education investment these days. I’ve never been burned in spending the $39.95.

[B]OMG!!![/B] The KDTV DVDS are on sale for $20! I see ALL Series, 100 thru 900!!! The disc SETS, not just video downloads. I’ve never seen them so deeply discounted. That’s half price! $180 for Series 100-900 is less than you’d pay for a full day class at Stitches, which is about $240! Half day classes can run $120! And they are a one-time shot! If you don’t really GET IT in the six hours, or 3 hours, you are screwed. You got nothing but a great social gathering.

I prefer owning the DISC SETS. I can play them anywhere I go on vacation in my Sony DVD player, sometimes right here in my TV room when my hubby is monopolizing the TV! I knit along as I watch, and sometimes I have to ‘study’ what she’s teaching!

I’m checking out the DVDs and I challenge you to knit a sock! No, maybe not, this way I’ve still done something you haven’t. :teehee: Oh what the heck, will you accept the challenge?

Oh what the heck, why not?:teehee: BUT, not til I’ve cleared my mind of two current projects…my NELL winter bulky coat, and my garnet red Hallett’s Ledge cardigan.

Which won’t take long…maybe after New Years!

OK, I’m looking at the DVD listing. Where should I start? I’m not sure how much I have to spend right now, I might get 2 sets. Please advise.

I look forward to seeing your socks. Will you do 2 @ a time to avoid SSS, top down, toe up…I look forward to reading about your adventure…when the time comes keep us updated, please. Inquiring minds want to know…why haven’t you done socks? :???:

I’ve never knitted socks mainly because they are futzy little things. Same goes for gloves.

I hate working with DPN’s.

I don’t wear socks.

But I totally admire all the beautiful socks I see displayed! I sometimes wear footies at my art shows when the homeowner has a No Shoes policy (very common). Pantyhose under my cropped slacks makes me too hot. If I could knit a pretty pair of knee socks that would STAY UP, that would be very nice, and useful.

I’ve seen the different methods…toe up, cuff down, two at a time, one at a time, dpns, magic loop, etc.

It’s mind boggling. :wall:

No worries about SSS with me. I’m too goal-oriented and driven to the Finish Line to knit half a pair of socks! I do believe I’d prefer focusing on one sock at a time. And probably cuff down.

What is considered [B]the standard?[/B]…toe up or cuff down?

Eunny Jang did a great lesson on knitting the gussets. It was easy enough, just futzy.

I’d suggest getting the KDTV series IN ORDER, that is, starting with Series 100. But you might also like to grab the current new one, Series 900.

I say IN ORDER cuz sometimes I don’t see the earlier DVD sets/series for sale at all on their website! If you get one series, you’ll want them all!

Unfortunately series 100 DVD is out of stock. :doh: I put the first two on my wishlist, but I’ll look at the rest, too.

Toe up are my favorite because it’s easy to try them on as you go to get length and circumference right. Turkish cast on, knit till you need to start heel and then knit to the top. I learned a new heel at the last class and adore it! Unfortunately I usually can’t wear them…too thick for my fat feet.

I will also say that I take quite a few classes, but I will admit that it’s mostly for the social benefits. There’s only a few teachers that I’ve taken them from, but they are both excellent and patient if you’re learning a new technique. Of course, this is at my LYS which I go to twice a week to knit with a group.

Unfortunately series 100 DVD is out of stock. I put the first two on my wishlist, but I’ll look at the rest, too.

Yeah, I noticed that too but it’s available for download. How does that work? Do you then burn your own DVD or what?

I like toe up socks because I don’t want to Kitchener stitich and the reasons Jan listed. Also, if I run out of yarn I can just have shorter tops. 2@a time because I hate starting [I]again[/I] on the same thing, same with sweater front L&R.
ArtLady, you could auction your socks to the highest bidder!

I used the Turkish cast on but it was a bit troublesome for me. I’ll try it again. I figure I have to do it several times before I decide do I or do I not like it.

I’ve never been to a knitting class. I’m a very un-social person so I avoid crowds…anything more than 2 people. If I get the DVDs I think I’d get the benefits of a class w/o the social part. I know, I know, I’m weird…nay, bizarre.

Thanks for the SOCKS tip about toe-up being the best. I will do that. :thumbsup:

Yeah, Jan…you’re very fortunate to have great teachers at your LYS. My sad experiences stemmed from greedy LYS owners…who would chronically overbook a class (for the money in their own pocket), or allow knitters to sign up for a class they shouldn’t be in. So the teacher (being kind) had to spend all her energy teaching the less experienced students how to do simple things they should have already been proficient in.

My Color-Work class was 6 hours all day…and cost $250 or so. A great teacher, very proficient Fair Isle knitter/designer…had to spend all her energy helping a handful of knitters to work with dpn’s…how to get stitches onto the 4 needles…and other simple things like that. It was a real time suck. But it wasn’t the teacher’s fault. The LYS was at fault for overbooking the numbers…and by not pre-screening experience level more carefully. I felt robbed.

…so I basically taught myself at that class. I learned a few things about steeking…gaining a measure of confidence about cutting your knitting…

…but the other aspects of color knitting…intarsia, etc…I sorta already knew…

…so I spent $240 to learn what a steek is. :pout:

I do belong to the South Sound Knitters Guild. Our monthly meetup is held at a LYS that is closed on Sunday. We meet the 2nd Sunday of each month. It’s a relaxing 2 hours. The ladies (except for one) are all very nice. I don’t go every month due to scheduling conflicts. The dues are $15 per year. I’ve learned good things at the meetings: that’s how I found [B]Knitting Help.com![/B] LOL!

First they told me about ABOUT.COM…then KNITTER’S REVIEW.COM…and from there I saw a video how-to referral to visit KNITTINGHELP.COM! So I liked Knitting Help forum much better than any other forums…so that’s the one I stuck with. I don’t participate in any other forums. It’s too exhausting. I belong to Rav, of course, but I don’t participate in a too many forums or groups over there.

I keep a low profile I think, gauging by my number of ‘posts’. I do get a lot of folks who message me personally with questions…they find me by spotting my projects…and I always answer and try to be helpful. I’ve actually made two BFF’S that way. :happydance: One in Santa Cruz, Ca…another in Austin, Texas!

Wow…that bites. For our LYS the money for class goes directly to the teacher…we pay her. They expect you to buy your yarn at the LYS of course, but I don’t know if they check. I know most do. I usually only have to pay about $60-$100 for a class. Never heard of one as much as you paid, but I suppose it’s possible. I’ll have to check.

Normally there is a pre-arranged number of students and if they have an extra one or two they ask the teacher. I think they also tell those signing up ahead of time what will be expected of them. We all kind of help each other, too.

As for being un-social, GG…I am shy, don’t like being the center of attention, don’t really like parties, etc. It took me a long time to get brave enough to even walk into an LYS. I’m very comfortable in there now. I’ve helped new knitters often and am very involved now. There’s always a few annoying people in any group, but it’s usually easy to avoid them. It’s funny…we all sit in the same seats almost every week like an assigned seat. :lol:

Re: socks… I don’t knit two at a time, but I do cast on both socks at the same time or close to it. That way you knit a bit on one or the other. If you need to take your knitting with you somewhere you can choose the one that suits you… like not taking the one with gusset increases or counting where it might be hard to concentrate.

For turkish cast on I was taught with these last socks (I have 6 cast on in various stages) we wrap 8, knit across the first needle, then using the tail and the working yarn knit around both needles. Then start your increases knitting the double stitches as one each time. Easy once you get the hang of it.

Great tip, Jan! That’s what I’ll do…two at a time…ON DIFFERENT NEEDLES! Little bit on Lefty…little bit on Righty! Back and forth!

Won’t lose my mojo…if I ever find my sock mojo… :shrug:

For turkish cast on I was taught with these last socks (I have 6 cast on in various stages) we wrap 8, knit across the first needle, then use the tail and knit around both needles. Then start your increases knitting the double stitches as one each time. Easy once you get the hang of it.

Is it OK if I copy this to my Gramma’s Useful Stuff blog? I want to try it but I’m afraid that when I get around to it, I won’t find it again. Another reason I do 2 @ a time socks and also why I really prefer circular needles, I can find both of them at the same time. My secret fantasy is that one day I will acquire organizational skills I can really use.

I think you can burn [U]anything you like[/U] if it’s a downloadable video. You buy it, you own it for your own personal use. The only snafu I would foresee is having a DVD write-able or re-write-able disc with [U]enough space[/U] to hold the content. Might need several discs. The SERIES that you purchase from Interweave are burned onto 4 discs.

Like iTunes…music…I am able to burn the songs to a disc and listen in my car. Don’t want to wear headphones (ipod) when I’m driving.

I think you can burn anything you like if it’s a downloadable video. You buy it, you own it for your own personal use.

I finally found on the site that the d/l is mp4 format. I think it should play on my computer, but I don’t know for sure. I emailed them about it, told them I run Linux, think it would work, if not could I get a refund. I could save it to computer and on a usb stick. Watching it on the computer wouldn’t be a problem for me as long as it works.