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Space Invaders Scarf Pattern

Ok, this is my first knitting pattern, so if I left something out, or didn't explain something right, please ask about it! I'm not exactly sure if it's as clear as it should be.

Size:
About 65" by 4.25"

Materials:
-US Size 6 needles
-MC: Generic worsted weight acrylic "Blue"
-CC: Generic worsted weight acrylic "Light Blue"

I bought a pair of 8 oz. skeins, but I ended up with a lot left over.

Guage: About 19 sts and 22 rows make 4 inches.. but it's a scarf, so whatever. :-)

Knitting:
With MC, CO 26 sts. Work 2 rows, then work the explosion chart. Work 4 more rows with MC, then follow the main chart for 3 repititions, with 4 rows of MC between each cycle (you can carry up the yarn from invader to invader, no need to have all those ends). Turn the chart upside down, and work it for 3 more repititions. I excluded the final invader the last repitition, ending with who I call, "antenna guy," just to make it a little more asymmetrical. After finishing the chart, work 2 rows in MC, and bind off. Repeat this entire paragraph, substituting CC for MC, and MC for the chart detail.

Finishing:
Put the two panels WS together, so that the pictures match up. Use fake-grafting on the ends, and mattress stitch the sides (you can go all the way around the edge sewing with one big piece of yarn, to save on end-weaving). Fasten 11 pieces of fringe (I used 6 MC and 5 CC, alternating), each consisting of 5 strands each, to each end of the scarf. To make the light fringe more prominant on the dark side, and vice versa, like I was saying before, I just attached each piece of fringe to the opposite color face along the bottom. It's subtle, but I think it makes a difference rather than attaching them all to the border between. Trim them all to 1.5 inches long.

Charts:

This isn't knitting paper, but you've seen it in action, so you know it's all good. :-)

Explosion Chart



Main Chart:



If you end up making one, keep me posted! I want to see yours. :-) I bet you could have fun with colors and everything, too. It's so cool to have people wanting to make my stuff.

Comments

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asynja
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to be stupid, but what is it a pattern for? A scarf?
asynja
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
You said it in the text, sorry.
knitmygrits
Oct. 8th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, but you're right. Sorry, it was featured in a post I made on Wednesday, which is still on the front page of the community.
dielaydbugdie
Oct. 8th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for getting the pattern up and out I really am in love with the scarf.
ouchihuahua
Oct. 8th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! Something else I must do. Thanks. :0)
dwarfstar21
Oct. 9th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)
Yay!
That's definitely going on my needles right away! Maybe in green and black...
thatcalliecat
Oct. 9th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
wow- i'm totally making this.
phurgauze
Oct. 9th, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC)
holy crapola!
that is downright effing rad!
i tihnk im in love!
hellebelle
Oct. 11th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
holy crap i would learn how to knit just to make this scarf.
zen_child
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
I've never used a pattern like that before (never seen one quite as appealing as this!), so forgive me for being stupid, but does each of those little light squares stand for one stitch? And you just knit in new yarn as if you were changing colours?

/knittingnewbie
knitmygrits
Oct. 13th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, each square is one stitch. The coloring, though, is a little different. You're not going to cut the yarn off every time you need the other color; instead, you'll just leave it there, hanging off the back, until you need it again. Typically, you'll hold one color in each hand, knitting with each as you need it. This is called, "fair isle knitting." I learned how from Stitch 'n Bitch, but if you don't have that book, you can go here for a pretty good looking explanation. It only gets tricky when you have to weave in your long "floats," but even that gets routine by the end of the scarf. This was my first piece of fairisle, so I assume it's a good one to start with. :-)

P.S.: "Appealing"! :D Be sure to let me see it when you finish!
bondage_sidhe
Oct. 23rd, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm a new knitter. In fact, this will be my first finished project. I'm making in black and white for my sister. My biggest problem is tension right now... I think because my floats are shorter than they should be, causing my scarf to bunch. Hm.
knitmygrits
Oct. 24th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
Good job for not letting fair isle scare you off. :) I was new when I started this too (pretty sure I still am.. :-. but at least now I have a couple of projects under my belt), so there was some slight bunching.. but not really enough to notice. When there was a long area of the same color stitches, I did the twisty float weaving thing every four stitches or so. Sometimes I would let it go for five or even six. How often do you twist?

And out of curiosity, how far along are you? I definitely want to see when you finish. :)
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knitmygrits
Dec. 24th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
Do you have the first Stitch 'n Bitch book? If so, that's where I learned how, and there are instructions for the "twisty float weaving" for all situations in the fair-isle section of the "Getting Knitty With It" chapter under titles like "Weaving in yarn from the left hand on the purl side," and everything.

If not, I always direct people to this site. There are lots of pictures; the relevent section there is called "catching in floats." Good luck! If you figure out and good tricks, let us know. :)
oomingmak
Nov. 16th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
That is one bitchen scarf!
hush_ds
Dec. 29th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
could you possibly post a picture of the scarf again?
knitmygrits
Dec. 30th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
I have a little picture uploaded here. Lemme know if you'd like a better one. :-)
hush_ds
Jan. 2nd, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
that's absolutely fantastic
thanks!
iolarah
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I ended up using your scarf pattern to make one for my SO...did it in full colour, black background on one side, white on the other. I used your chart as well to make a pair of mittens to go with the scarf, and as a guideline for charting out a hat, and now I'm starting working on a sweater.

(I also added another little dude--the figure with his arms up, but with his arms down :)

<http://blue-star.ca/photos/knitting/invaderset.jpg>

Thanks for posting this--it's such a versatile and useful chart!
Stefanie Kramer
Jul. 1st, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
questions from a newbie :3
Love the pattern! I was wondering if you knitted the whole thing or did both knit and purl? Oh and how many times did you repeat the pattern for the lenght in the picture? Thanks so much :3
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