Bias 'Before & After' Loop Using Jawoll Magic
Bias 'Before & After' Loop Using Jawoll Magic
We never tire of finding new yarns for our Bias ‘Before & After' Scarf. And then remembering how it got its name! Knitting fingering weight yarn at an opened gauge will make you wonder if it’s really going to turn out as pictured. But rest assured. With some good basic blocking, the ugly (truly!) fabric coming off your needles will transform into a smooth field of stockinette. And knitting on the bias avoids those rolled edges.
Lang Jawoll Magic Dégradé, with its long runs of effortlessly blending color, inspired us to revisit our perennial favorite. Vivid brights, warm neutrals, and a hint of marling in certain skeins—all unfold beautifully in this infinity loop.
As Kit was knitting our sample, we had to take a picture of the progress. Take a look at those ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots!
Pick up the pattern (if you don't already have it) and adaptation for making your scarf into a loop. You'll need one skein of Lang Jawoll Magic Dégradé to make the loop shown.
7½" wide x 80" circumference.
1 skein Lang Jawoll Magic Dégradé (437 yds/400m each). Shown in Color 0019.
Approx. 19-20sts = 4"/10cm, in stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Refer to Churchmouse Classics 'Bias Before & After Scarf' pattern for complete instructions.
Loop option: Work as original pattern until desired length, or until you have at least 2 yds/2m of yarn leftto graft, ending with a wrong side row.
Grafting: Working from the fastened-off end of your provisional cast-on, carefully undo the chain, and with your second needle, pick up the loops that are released. (If your chain stops unzipping, carefully snip chain to release next stitch and resume unzipping). You must have the same number of stitches on both needles: To do this you may need to ‘find’ a partial stitch at one end or the other.
Fold scarf wrong sides together without twisting. Hold two needles parallel in left hand (right side of work is facing you). Insert left index finger down between needles to keep grafted stitches slack as you work. Thread your working yarn (still attached to the work on front needle) onto a darning needle and graft using Kitchener stitch, as follows:
Set-up steps: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to purl, leave st on needle and pull yarn through. Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to knit, leave st on needle and pull yarn through, leaving some obvious slack. Note: It is important that the grafted sts are obvious and easy to identify so that when you go back to adjust their tension later, you don’t pull on the wrong row.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to knit, and lift st off needle (do not pull yarn through st yet).
Step 2: Insert darning needle into next st on front needle as if to purl, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Step 3: Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to purl, and lift st off needle (do not pull yarn through st yet).
Step 4: Insert darning needle into next st on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through but don’t pull up tightly.
Repeat these four steps, stopping every 20 sts or so to adjust tension of grafted sts as follows: Working from right to left, use tip of darning needle to pull excess yarn out of grafted sts until their tension matches that of knitted sts, moving excess yarn to left.
Continue grafting, adjusting tension of grafted sts periodically, until all sts have been lifted off needles, ending with Steps 1 & 3. Weave in ends.
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COLOR: 0007. Faded grape, purple, lavender, hot pink, muted gold.
COLOR: 0019. Springy hues of peach, pink, golds, grey.
COLOR: 0017. All shades of green: teal, olive, army, grass, chartreuse.
COLOR: 0024. Earthy browns, stormy blues, sky, periwinkle.
COLOR: 0039. Autumnal shades of bronze, copper, grape, grey, pop of coral.
COLOR: 0053. Raspberry, cherry, blueberry and lemon, all marled with cream.
COLOR: 0054. Jewel-tones: sapphire, dark amethyst, emerald, golden topaz, pink rubies.
COLOR: 0059. A summer garden: marigold, sunflower, fuchsia, hot red, bright green.
COLOR: 0070. Inky black and moody greys from darkest charcoal to pale silver.
COLOR: 0074. Tropical seas: all shades of turquoise and aqua green.