Lynne Barr’s “Twisted” scarf

Has anyone knitted Lynne Barr’s “Twisted” scarf? I don’t know why I am being obviously stupid - people on Ravelry say how simple it is….I am completely flummoxed by the instructions, they might as well be in Cantonese (I live in Hong Kong and have yet to get to grips with this seriously difficult language!!). I do find it very unhelpful when people say ‘it’s easy after the first couple of sections’ but don’t help you with understanding the first couple of sections. Am I being particularly dense here??

Oh, wonder of wonders, I can answer my own question!! Perhaps I’m not so dumb after all. I think this is a perfect example, instructions-wise, of the instructor failing to remember what it is not to know something. It’s SO easy, once you’ve worked it out, to say “it’s SO easy”. Yes, it is, once you’ve worked it out. I got completely confused because, in the instructions for dividing the rib section, the photograph looked as if it stopped half way along the row, and nowhere does it say ‘carry on like this till you reach the end of the row’. Lynne Barr’s patterns are so complicated, and there’s another where you DO stop in the middle. Anyway. All’s well, as they say, that gets to the end so as to end well….duh.


That’s an interesting scarf. I wish I could get it on Ravelry.

It’s from Lynne Barr’s Knitting New Scarves book, which is available in used copies from for around $5. Worth it, GrumpyGramma! There are lots of truly amazing things in that book, I really recommend it if you are feeling adventurous - you are probably far more experienced than am I (most people are!!), but at least I could now help with the “Twisted” scarf!! if you needed any help. When you think that many patterns cost around that amount just for one pattern, and you get 27 patterns in this book, it’s a pretty good deal, even full price at I think around $22 or around $12 on Kindle. You can ‘Look Inside’ on the Amazon site and see if there are other things you might like, too. I’m a bit nervous of tackling intarsia, which some of them use, but might brave these new territories to try these patterns, they are really interesting.

I’ll have a think about the Kindle version. Thanks for the info.

I’m making this for a child; I thought the actual pattern would be too bulky around a small neck - winding it round and round would work for an adult, but not for a child, I don’t think? - so I’ve decided to do a [K2,P2]+1 accordion rib (I LOVE accordion ribs!) for the ‘round-the-neck’ section, then I’ll carry on with the “Twisted” pattern. I’ve needed to add one stitch to get the odd number for that bit, and I’ll subtract that extra stitch when I restart on the pattern. I thought, too, I might put a keyhole in one of the sections so that the tail of the scarf could be threaded through - perhaps safer for a child, so it wouldn’t fall off? I think children might really like fiddling with the twists and turns? By the way, the “look inside” facility on Amazon really doesn’t show any of the interesting scarves in this book, in my opinion - the ones they do show aren’t necessarily the best, I don’t think??

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Depending on the age of the child and when the scarf would be worn, I’d be concerned about safety. A keyhole could make it a worse choking hazard if it got caught in a door that closed or caught on something. I won’t say you shouldn’t make a scarf for a child but would encourage you to think about the safety issue.

That’s a good point, GrumpyGramma. I did think about it. It’s an important topic. The keyhole is large and loose and the scarf is soft. Safety is of course paramount, but I don’t think honestly there is any more risk to this than to any child wearing any scarf; ditto, actually, adults - Isadora Duncan leaps to mind. There are many so called ‘bow tie’ scarf patterns on line, most for small children. I suppose I’d followed that example, but appreciate that they are much shorter-tailed. Perhaps scarves are not a good idea for children at all? A longer one would most likely be wrapped around the neck anyway? I’ll certainly alert the child’s parents to your point. Thanks for alerting me!

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Sorry, by the way, to reply so belatedly, I’d only just seen this.

I think the scarf issue is a lot like the warning that loose clothing is dangerous around machinery. A well supervised child is less likely to have a tragic mishap than one that’s just ignored. I don’t recall that my kids wore scarves when they were small but just getting them to wear coats was hard.

It’s very sensible to be reminded that even something as innocuous-seeming as knitting (or clothing generally) can of course be dangerous in the wrong circumstances.

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I remember someone relating the story of her daughter sitting down - plop - on a knitting needle and the trip to the emergency room after. That would not only hurt but imagine the embarrassment!

I did email the mother of the little scarf recipient, just to warn her, GrumpyGramma. It’s hot in the UK at the moment, where she is, so the warning can come into play when it’s colder; she says her children do wear scarves but they are always tucked well into jackets, and she (the mother) is very careful. I’m hopeful, therefore, that all will be well, but am grateful to you for the heads up.

That’s why I would never tell a mother to not allow a child to wear a scarf. Obviously this mother is aware and takes the steps needed to keep her child safe. If everything that kids can’t do now is as bad as they say, how many of us would still be around?