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Dec 14, 2013 09:52:43   #
Hello everybody. I live in Canada and love to quilt and also knit - but only do very simple patterns. Because of that I like to show people, especially children, and those who are just learning how to knit how to make the Magic Scarf. You may know the pattern very well which comes from the Edwardian times. It's great for a beginner because it is just plain (garter stitch) knitting from the cast on edge right up to the last row - just one row before you cast off - and then the magic starts. You knit a few stitiches then drop the next stitch off the needle, just like when you make a mistake, although this is a mistake done on purpose, then you knit a few more and drop the next stitch off...and so on. The scarf in the picture is knit 5 drop one, knit 5 drop one. Then you cast off on the next row and now the fun begins. You pull those stitches you dropped all the way down the scarf to the very bottom to the cast-on edge - a bit like a ladder in a stocking! They won't fall off at the end. You then have a scarf that looks very lacy. Any kind of wool, any size of needle will do it and by varying the number of stitches before the drop off you get different "ladder" patterns. If you use silver or gold threaded wool and put a lot more stitches on you can end up with a beautiful lacy stole that you made by just plain knitting! Can't wait to read all the news on this website - you look like a nice group of people ready to help at any time which is sometimes what I need (like when I made my daughter's dog a dog coat!). Take care eveybody, Veronica.
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Dec 14, 2013 09:55:49   #
Peggy Beryl
Welcome. Interesting scarf pattern; have used dropped stitches but never for the entire length of a scarf, usually just one or two rows.
Dec 14, 2013 09:56:41   #
martina (a regular here)
Welcome from Devon, England. Thank you for the simple but effective pattern.
Dec 14, 2013 09:56:45   #
My Grammy called this the dropped stitch scarf. It's scary the 1st time you make one because for years you are told not to drop a stitch, then all of a sudden you are making something that tells you to drop the stitch. I have more fun unraveling the stitches than I do knitting it.
Dec 14, 2013 09:57:48   #
Welcome from Tennessee! What a neat scarf.... and here all these years I thought dropped stitches were a bad thing! Who knew? :D :thumbup:
Dec 14, 2013 10:00:30   #
Welcome to KP. You will find this a wonderful site. I don't post much but am here every day to look and it is a wonderful group. Love your scarf and have the perfect yarn to do it with, thanks for the pattern.
Dec 14, 2013 10:09:05   #
Hi and welcome from Waterloo QC.

Very nice scarf. Is the pattern somewhere on the net? Would be easier for me to follow if written the regular pattern way.
Dec 14, 2013 10:09:20   #
never heard of that pattern before sounds great idea i am going to knit one after christmas thanks
Dec 14, 2013 10:13:10   #
Welcome from Missouri. May I ask how many stitches you cast on?
Dec 14, 2013 10:27:09   #
Don't use cable cast on - the stitches run through this and make a mess. Use long tail - no problem. I don't know about other methods. A test swatch is a good idea before you knit the whole scarf.
Dec 14, 2013 10:43:36   #
BaraKiss wrote:
Don't use cable cast on - the stitches run through this and make a mess. Use long tail - no problem. I don't know about other methods. A test swatch is a good idea before you knit the whole scarf.

The way my Grammy did it was to cast on in multiples of 4 then add 4 stitches. The 1st row was knit 3, knit front and back in the next stitch ending with knit 4. When we reached the desired length on the next knit row we knit 4 then dropped the next stitch. Then we bound off on a purl row by knitting instead of purling.
Dec 14, 2013 10:49:41   #
Is this scarf knitted horizontally (casting the stitches for the full lenght of the scarf)?
Dec 14, 2013 10:49:52   #
Hello and Welcome. :-)
Dec 14, 2013 10:50:12   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
welcome from Ontario
Dec 14, 2013 11:11:47   #
Welcome from Pittsburgh PA
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