Posted on November 01 2013
Alchemy Waterfall Scarf or Magician's Scarf
Alchemy Yarns - Shibori Scarf Workshop This workshop is all about texture and color, which the yarns from Alchemy are known for! We will focus on two unique scarves - the Magicianâ€™s Scarf and the Waterfall Scarf, both utilizing the technique of combining felting and non-felting fibers for a surprising and satisfying effect. The design for the Magicianâ€™s Scarf came first - we call this scarf magic because of the remarkable transformation that happens after it is knit. Trading on basic principles of Shibori, two Alchemy fibers (Silken Straw & Sanctuary) are combined while knitting the piece. Once complete, the scarf is felted (easily done in the washing machine), and magically, the ruffled edges appear! Unlike conventional felting, your piece will actually gorw in length and width as opposed to shrinking. Only the felting fiber (Sanctuary) will shrink, while the non-felting fiber (Silken Straw) will grow. Since the concepts of knitting and felting these two scarves are the same, we will cover both pieces in this single workshop. Materials required - Magicianâ€™s Scarf: 2 skeins Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yds/40 g) 1 skein Alchemy Yarns Sanctuary (30% silk, 70% wool; 125 yds/50 g) US size 5 (3.75mm) circular needles (24-32â€ length) Tapestry needle Homework - please complete prior to coming to class: Cast on 349 sts with Silken Straw â€œColor Aâ€. Materials required - Waterfall Scarf: 3 skeins Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yds/40 g) 1 skein Alchemy Yarns Sanctuary (30% silk, 70% wool; 125 yds/50 g) US size 6 (4mm) circular needles (24â€ length) A set of double-point needles - US size 6 (for making I-cord) Tapestry needle Homework - please complete prior to coming to class: With Sanctuary Yarn (referred to as Color A in the pattern), cast on 4 sts using double-point needles and make an I-cord that measures 70â€. If you have time, you can make a second I-cord at the same time, as you will need it later in the pattern (donâ€™t worry if you donâ€™t get the 2nd one made, itâ€™s just easier to measure both at the same time for consistency).