Thursday, August 26, 2010
Ruch. Ruched. Ruching.
Deborah, the mohair queen, knit up this gorgeous scarf in the blink of an eye. She used less than one hank of brushed kid mohair and leftovers of a purple worsted weight yarn to make this ruched scarf. She didn't use a pattern but was loosely inspired by the ruched scarf in Knit: Handmade Style.
You can make your own. You don't need a pattern. There are two theories of creating ruching in knitting as I understand it. The first is to use a larger needle size for the mohair portions, say a US10, and go down one or more needle sizes for the garter stitch portions.
The other theory is to decrease the number of stitches going in to the garter stitch section and increase coming out of the garter stitch section. So, for example, cast on 40 stitches for the mohair section, work k2tog decreases right before the garter stitch sections, knit 4-8 rows of garter stitch, then resume working with the mohair by increasing back to 40 stitches using the kfb increase. That's it!
I currently have a few hanks of brushed kid mohair listed in my shop. I'm about to list the rest of it.