I was inspired! When I saw the Grinch scarves on KP I just had to knit oneâor more.
A large Thank You to Ellemck for posting her Grinch and for answering âhow did you color the eyes?â I promised to post a picture of mine when it was done. I hope the picture works. Thanks too to jtkdesigns.
I did quite a bit of fiddling and frogging until I was satisfied. I got a swamp green with sparkles yarn and the rest was from my stash and mystery donated yarn. The white must be angora. One hat is chenille yarn, the child size is shiny red Simply Soft with the body in seed stitch (garter stitch knits less length per yardage and I knitted with my fingers crossed figuratively speaking, completed with just a few inches left!) I made a keyhole on both ends on one scarf, the others I tapered in, knitted a length and increased for the end shape.
Here are some tips and how-I-did-it for any KP friend who also would like to knit the rascally character.
There are a number of basic keyhole (also called bow knot) scarf patterns online. Here are some. A scarf isnât a fitted garment so the width and length can be flexible. (Try the body length around your own neck, if itâs a bit wide a turn down collar is nice too.)http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cathys-bow-tie-knit-scarf
dk weight yarnhttp://www.marthastewart.com/907676/knitted-neck-scarf
sport weight https://www.scribd.com/doc/255211720/Knitted-Neck-Scarves
worsted weight, #7 & #9 needleshttp://craftcake.com/2009/12/la-neckerchief-scarf/
worsted, #7 needles
After a few starts with the Grinch I went online for the shape. I liked this: http://www.seussville.com/growyourheart/activity-assets/pin-the-heart-p1.pdf
I cut the shape from folded paper and kept laying the knitting on the shape, increasing and decreasing to match the shapeâwell pretty close. I didnât write down line by line, the yarns were different anyway. On the second end I tapered Santa hat style and added a Grinchy white end.
I donât like increases and decreases on edge stitches. I made them on the next-to stitches which slightly curled the edges under and nicely contoured the face shapeâhow fortuitous.
For the mouth, nose and outlining the eyes I used light weight black yarn, laid it on top and sewed it in place by couching with carpet thread. Translation: heavy black thread, needle up from back, over yarn and down, stitches spaced close enough to anchor the yarn from snagging or getting pulled. Pearle embroidery thread would have been nice but itâs hiding somewhere.
The eyes: I cut index card shapes and played a while. If Iâd used sticky back paper like file folder labels it would have been better than pinning paper. I worked the outline as above. Last: about those yellow eyesâfabric marking pen. I tried several markers on a swatch. (good I live near a craft store.) The felt tip yellow (Sharpie type) didnât color the yarn noticeably but the black felt tip marker made the pupils OK. I didnât like yellow puffy paint at all. The best result was a âbullet tipâ fabric marker intended for making dots. Itâs thicker, more body. I still had to repeat it more than once.