My Daisy Scarf Has Been Ravelryified….

If you read any number of knitting blogs, you will have already heard of Ravelry.

I was luck enough to hear about Ravelry quite early on in it’s quest for Beta testers and got my invite in July. If you want to look me up, my username is the fabulously imaginative “susancrowe”….

For those of you who have assumed I am now blogging in another language – I’ll explain that….

Ravelry = A community driven website where you record data and pictures of all your knitting and crochet projects, books, needles, hooks and yarn. If you’ve already blogged it, you can link to your blog post! It also has forums! Yours and everybody else’s projects are then in a huge searchable database.

So….imagine if you are thinking about knitting a certain pattern, you can look it up in Ravelry and see that there are 20 people who’ve made it, what yarn they used, what they thought of the pattern, problems etc. You can do the same with yarn too! Click the Ravelry link for more info…

Beta Testing = Ravelry is new and is being written and developed as it goes along. It hasn’t been released “Live” to all users yet but is up and running and needs controlled numbers of users to use the complete website and test it’s functionality. Then give feedback on improvements and bugs. That what a beta tester does – go on and use it report back bugs and improvement suggestions but don’t throw a hissy fit if it’s not perfect yet!!

Invites = because it’s not “live” to the general public yet, everybody can’t get on at once so there is a queue to join. When it’s your turn, you get an invite! The anticipation has been driving some knitters quite mad!

I have just got to the point where I have loaded up pictures and details of all my projects that I’ve already blogged about and have just started to load projects “yet to be seen” on my blog.
Not fair on my loyal readers huh?

OK – there’s only one so far – my Daisy Scarf – I’ll show you….

This is the Daisy Scarf from Rowan 38, this book…

And this is the Rowan piccy…

I used the Kid Classic given in the pattern but mine is squishier and softer than it looks in the picture. I suspect it had been starched and blocked to death for the photo shoot!

The pattern is a strange sort of “bunchy stitch”, wrapping the yarn around the needle 3 times then dropping the extra wraps on the next row and knitting them together to make the swirl (Don’t try and knit it from that description – you’ll need the pattern!)

Here’s a close up of the pattern stitch…

It grew really fast and it is a favourite. Especially as I don’t really knit a lot of scarves!

Here’s an “action shot” of the scarf on…

The edging is cute but sewn on afterwards – it felt a bit like a design after thought to me. Then scarf is much better with it though…

I only used two of the three balls called for so I will at some point make some matching gloves (assuming I ever finish the Blankie!)

Completed Knit Report  
Name: Daisy Scarf
Pattern: Daisy from Rowan 38 by Amanda Crawford
Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic
Pattern Problems: Stitches at the edge seem a bit tight making the centre bag a bit – probably my tension!
Pattern Modifications: None
Washing and Wearing: Soft and warm!
Knit It Again???: Yes,quite possibly
Difficulty: Medium once the “bunchy stitch” is mastered
Rating: 3/5
Other Postings Relating To This One: None.

7 Responses

  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl October 10, 2007 at 3:39 pm | | Reply

    Its a lovely scarf and the colour is lovely,you are brilliant at knitting if you dont mind me saying so.

  2. Ruth
    Ruth October 11, 2007 at 11:42 am | | Reply

    It is a lovely scarf Susan, I so agree with Cheryl, you are a brilliant knitter, and its a pleasure to read your blog.

    Good luck with Raverly you deserve it.

    Are you going to Alexandra Palace (Ally Pally to old Londoners) for the knitting & stitching show? I am going tomorrow and can’t wait to see and feel beautiful yarn – I shall be like a “child in a sweetshop” won’t know what to buy first.

    Keep up the lovely knitting blog.


  3. feltboots
    feltboots October 17, 2007 at 10:25 pm | | Reply

    Hey, great scarf !

    I only have really ancient Rowan’s (like single-figure and early teen ones) so Ravelry is brilliant for seeing patterns from slightly more recent issues. One thing that bugs me with Rowan is their arty (and usually low-exposure/misty) photos that are always so tiny on the ‘net – how’s a girl to choose from those ? Yay for Ravelry !

  4. Colby Smith
    Colby Smith September 22, 2008 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    I love the daisy scarf and am currently working on the pattern myself. I am getting completely stuck on the “bunchy stitch” as you mention. I just don’t understand the wording on the cluster. Are all 5 knit together? Doesn’t that leave you short stiches? I would appreciate any advice!

    Thank you!

  5. Amanda Crawford
    Amanda Crawford July 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm | | Reply

    I actually knitted my origional swatch for this scarf in Kid Silk
    Haze on 8mm needles and it’s soooooo much nicer that way
    believe me. So light and airy and the daisies stand out alot
    better. So if you feel the need to knit again please do it in
    Kid silk haze and i’msure you wil love it!
    Amanda x

  6. Leora
    Leora January 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm | | Reply

    PLs can you help me locate the Daisy Scarf pattern by Amanda Crawford. I know it was in the Rowan 38 magazine which was long time ago. Is there any other place where I can find the pattern.

    Thank you

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