Sunday, October 07, 2007

My So-Called-Pidge

I initially saw the Pidge Scarf listed on SnBLosAngeles and realized I had to make one. The $275 price tag made me want to do it cheaply as well. Everyone was buzzing about this simple neck scarf with two wood buttons, so I figured I would try to make my own version. I used the stitch pattern from "my so called scarf" and did some basic measuring to come up with my version.

Here is the pattern I used:
60 g Cool Wool (bulky)
size 11 needles
Finished length: ~22 inches, but you can measure on yourself for the best fit. Button holes should be about an inch from one end.

Cast on 22 stitches, or any even # +2
Row 1 (RS): K1, *S1, K1, PSSO but before dropping the slipped stitch off the right needle, knit this stitch*, repeat from * to *K1
Row 2 (WS): P2 tog but before dropping the stitch off the left needle, re-insert the right needle into the first stitch (of the 2 purled together) and purl this stitch by itself, then drop the 2 stitches from the left needle (leaving 2 new stitches on the right needle). Repeat this across the remaining stitches.

Repeat these 2 rows until you reach the point where you want to add the button holes. I did my button holes toward the beginning, figuring if I messed up, I could start over without wasting too much time.

Buttonhole row:
On the WS, repeat pattern stitch twice, then bind off 2 sts, repeat pattern st 5 more times, bind off 2 sts, then repeat pattern st two more times.
RS row that follows: K1, S1, K1, PSSO and K into the slipped st, S1, M1 onto right needle, PSSO and K into slipped st, M1 onto right needle, K1 from left needle, PSSO and K into "made stitch", repeat pattern st 4 more times, S1, M1 onto right needle, PSSO and K into the slipped st, M1 onto right needle, K1 from left needle, PSSO and K into "made stitch", S1, K1, PSSO and K into the slipped st, K1

Bind off once you reach the desired length. Add 2 fancy buttons and wear with pride (and keep the $275 in your wallet)

Not sure how "easy" this is to understand. I read the stitch directions a bunch of times before I figured out exactly what I was supposed to do, and I worked this buttonhole row at least 5 times before I finally got something that sort of worked. I know some people were tossing around the crochet button hole and I am curious how that turned out for people.

I am currently knitting another Pidge with Misty Alpaca bulky. Yummy yarn.

My students are knitting maniacs and I have lots to show you from this week's classes. First, Lesly is assembling our 6" squares into a pretty cool baby blanket.

She is a really fast knitter who has already finished her baby hat assignment and was looking for something to do while waiting for the rest of the class to catch up. Gotta love it when a kid asks for more to do.

Here is one of my "advanced" knitters from a past semester, LaTijera. She soared in the beginning class and decided to come back for more. Here she is with the Elbac scarf from winter '06. She just learned cables last week and is making some real progress on this piece. I admire her skill and patience with so many cables!

Here is Halie, another returning knitter from last year. She is knitting the final leg for Sheldon, a turtle we love from I made many Sheldons last Christmas and Halie couldn't wait until she was "good" enough to do one. Little do any of them realize that you just have to think you can do it and you probably can. She picked up the DPNs and jumped right in. We will assemble this guy on Tuesday, so look for more pictures of her finished turtle next week.

Here are more knitters. Johanna and Sinai are furiously knitting. Sinai is a crocheter who picked up the knitting needles and taught herself to knit continental. I love watching her zoom through rows. So elegant!

This is Cristen, who is a bit wacky, but that fits right in with most of the knitters I know, so she feels right at home. She made this baby hat that is for a pretty big baby. For some reason, my kids are obsessed with the pom pom maker, so much so that I think I need to invest in a few more. They like to put pom poms on everything!

Here is Delyla, showing off the purple yarn that I wound into neat little balls for the kids. I bought pounds of worsted weight yarn and used my new ball winder to make center-pull balls for the kids to knit with.

And finally, our most recent donation to Stitches From the Heart. 5 baby sweaters, 4 dolls, 30+ baby hats, 10 scarves and 25+ purses and other teen-related items. I dropped in to Stitches Friday afternoon and was reminded how wonderful it is there. I really recommend you get yourself there to enjoy the people, yarn and always at least one good cookie on the big table. Friday I met a new grandpa who just learned how to knit so he could make stuff for his new granddaughter. He was chugging away on a scarf, then he put that down to show me the doll he is kitting for Hannah (I also saw the album of pics he carries in his impressive knitting bag).

I had a fun little adventure with my best friend Andi this afternoon. We went to the Museum of Natural History here in LA to hear one of my marine biology idols, Jean-Michel Cousteau, speak. His 2 hour lecture was on the state of the oceans and how we can change what we do to help the earth. His father taught him many things, but the most resounding message he learned from Jacques Cousteau was this: "People will protect what they love. We must show them how to love the ocean, the earth and all of the inhabitants, then they will care to save it." Here is a small, grainy picture of him up on stage answering questions following the lecture. My iPhone to the rescue!

Before the lecture, Andi and I toured the museum. Here she is in the Kid's section, standing in front of a really tall polar bear. Watch out, Andi!!

Next up for me is to work on the Scion Craft My Ride project. I have a super-secret idea in the works and I promise to reveal it once I have submitted my entry. Is anyone else out there entering this fun contest? Tell me what you can about your entry.


Darcy knotty Knitter said...

For your pidge what gauge do I need?Darcy

ms. newbill said...

gauge is unimportant, just know that you need an even # cast on. my scarf is about 4" wide.

Rachel A said...

Love the 'So-called Pidge Scarf' has a stitch that I am struggling with for another pattern, the psso but before dropping knit into it. Your help would be hugely appreciated as I have ended up with too many holes in my sample squares!! Thank You

theresa said...

Thanks for the pidge pattern. I love the pictures of your class knitting. Please let me know if you need some yarn. I have some novelty and some acrylic if you can use it. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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Leeloo said...

I'd love to try your scarf but I'm having trouble reading your pattern. What is row one supposed to be? Also in the buttonhole row, what does M1 mean?

I'm very new to knitting right now, but I'm trying very hard to get better. :)

Makeesha said...

for the questions, the best way to go I think is watch videos of those stitches.

cast on then you knit 1
then slip 1 (basically put your working needle into the stitch as if to knit but don't knit it, just move it to the working needle)
then knit 1
then take the left needle, the one with the stitches and stick it into the second stitch down on your right needle purl wise (the one that was slipped), then pull it over the stitch above it but don't let it drop off your left needle, take your right needle and knit it

wow, that probably didn't help at all probably should go find some videos - just google the stitch you want to learn and "video" and a few will pop up. you can also do a youtube search.

I think the M1 is especially hard for visual learners like me to understand without someone showing you.

another good idea is to go to a local yarn store and have someone there show you.

Leeloo said...

Thanks for the help!

carol said...

I can tell you are a teacher because the directions are so clear! And the tip to do the buttonhole at the start was a great one.

Your work with your students is inspiring!

Shelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I made some in crochet, but I'm anxious to try this knitted version. I found some really nice buttons at the Dollar Tree. :D
Thanks again! ~Shelle Cain

Lisa Forbes Travel said...

trying to understand the , M1 onto right needle, specifically. any idea of a video link i can view to make this work for me?

Lisa Forbes Travel said...

trying to make sense fo the M1 onto right needle. i'm lost. any suggestions on how to make this translate into reality for me?? or a video of the actual event?

I understand i'm starting again to create the top side of my button whole. Could i simply M1 with the long tail cast on method here?