purl practice

Monday, June 6, 2005

Pattern: Lacy Scarf Pattern
Yarn: Eki Riva “Sport” in a pale green (colour “1182″)
Needles: 7mm Addi Turbos

I finished the green scarf off by adding some beads while we were in the mountains. I am not completely happy with these particular beads, but they were the best I could do after a very long time spent in two different bead stores. I thought about taking them off, but in the end I decided that I like the scarf more with them than without.

This scarf turned out to be a great project to concentrate on improving my purl style and I cannot tell you how glad I am to have done this before starting the Debbie Bliss Cabled Jacket. I really think cabling combined style would have driven me quite mad and I am now as comfortable purling in my new way as I was with the combined purl.

After my last post on my purling problems I spent the night experimenting with different ways of improving my purl stitch . Eventually I found that if I held my fingers just so I could purl continental style but still pick the yarn in a way similar to combined style (but in the other direction) rather than having to use a second finger to wrap the yarn manually around the needle.

The next morning Kelly left a comment with this link to a wonderful site, which has videos of a whole variety of purling methods. I had always thought that the Norweigian purl was the same as the combined purl, how wrong I was. I gave it a go and found that I quite liked it, but my tension was looser than anything else yet so I decided to stick with the style I had devised the night before. As it turned out there was also a link to a video of my new style, which apprently may have been the way that EZ purled, so much for my clever new way of purling. Whatever the case I think this new style will continue to improve and as I said earlier, I am very pleased to have sorted it out before starting the cables of the Debbie Bliss jacket. The ribbing also looks better than my combined style ribbing.


Comment by SF Knitter on 6/6/2005 @ 10:45 am

That is soooo pretty. And I can’t wait to see how your jacket turns out!!!

Comment by Kelly on 6/6/2005 @ 1:48 pm

The scarf turned out gorgeous! Congrats on finishing it up, I love the look of the beads. I’m glad you found a purling style you like, I do agree that the Norwegian purl seems to be loose, though I seem to have tightened up with practice. I’ll have to try yours after I get really comfortable with this one. Your sweater is off to a beautiful re-start!

Comment by mrspilkington on 6/6/2005 @ 9:15 pm

absolutely gorgeous! i think the beads look lovely. the debbie bliss jacket looks like it’s going to be a stunner.

Comment by Kris on 6/6/2005 @ 10:01 pm

At first I was awestruck by your beautiful handiwork on the scarf, but then I saw how wonderful you Debbie Bliss is looking. I’m having knitting envy.

Comment by sharlyn on 7/6/2005 @ 8:57 am

That is the most beautiful scarf I’ve seen in a very long time. Wow! I love the beads and I’m glad you decided to stick with them.

Comment by Corrie on 7/6/2005 @ 4:23 pm

oh I just love the scarf and sydney weather is demanding it at the moment! very envious!

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