Help me out! I’m ready to finish my Coins Scarf from MDK Field Guide No. 13.
Here’s the sitch.
In these photos, I’ve just finished Stripe Number 45, or 9 units of 5 stripes (10 colors).
My 10-color recipe was inspired by Cristina’s variation on Kaffe’s pattern.
The scarf measures nearly 66 inches at this point (unblocked).
Important factor: the person to whom I will give this scarf likes to wear their scarves short-ish, with the ends just overlapping each other at the front, peeking out over the top of the coat.
So: We are not talking about a full-on, French-looped or otherwise multiply twined scarf. If I make it long enough for those two stylings, it will hang down too low for my friend.
Having been knit in a tube, this scarf is a double thickness of double-stranded fabric. Plus there are all those unwoven ends inside, adding extra cushiony warmth. A simple overlap is all it needs to be warm enough for most circumstances.
My current plan, unless you talk me out of it, is to bind off now, at 45 stripes and plus or minus 66 inches long.
Seeking Finishing Advice
I’ve never made a tubular scarf before, so this will be a new knitter’s merit badge for me. It’s also a bit of a puzzler. Here’s what the pattern says about finishing this scarf.
“Weave in ends; block as desired. Sew cast-on edge closed; sew bound-off edge closed.”
Ann! How shall I weave in ends? What block do I desire? And most importantly, how do I sew the ends closed?
I am looking for guidance on all of these questions. Here are my inclinations, ready for comments and corrections.
- Weaving in ends: Not gonna do it. I shall turn the scarf tube inside out, then Assess the Ends. I will not weave them into the fabric, except in the (rare) places where the fabric is loose and would benefit from a touch of weaving. I’ll tie square knots, clip all the ends to about 2 inches and check this task off as Done. Do I hear any objections?
- Blocking: Much as I love a good old-fashioned wet block, I think I’ll just apply steam. Felted Tweed is so well behaved it practically blocks itself. What say ye, knitting rabble?
- Sewing the cast-on edge closed: There being no provisional cast-on, I’m opting for whip-stitch in a matching color, and hoping for the best. [Crosses fingers.]
- Sewing the bound-off edge closed: I’m going to leave the stitches live, divide them onto two needles, and work a three-needle bind-off (yay! my favorite!) in a matching color.
What say you all?
Going, going, gone . . .