Two-Color Projects

I have been so inspired by all of the Camp Loopy Projects that you have been completing. I have not done a lot of two-color knitting in the past, but seeing all of your photos makes me think I have really been missing out. I find myself looking at shawl patterns and wondering what it would look like if I did the edging in a new color, or striped the main part.  I’m figuring out that this camping experience is giving me a taste of something new each month, and then supplying me with a whole “knit list” to work on throughout the rest of the fall, winter and spring. My “I want to knit this” list has exploded. You, too?

One of the two-color patterns that I like to knit is the Chevron Scarf. This is a simple Feather and Fan type of stitch pattern, but instead of increasing by doing YO’s, you increase my doing M1’s. (YO’s will give you a lacy, open scarf, like this. M1’s keep the fabric denser – no holes.) Pick two colors that you like, and jump in. You’ll knit down and purl back in one color, then pattern down and purl back with the other color. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Easy! Here is a new one that I finished up a couple of weeks ago. I used two skeins of Fiesta Boomerang, in Cloud 9 and Clematis. (You can find a basic Feather and Fan pattern here and here. Just remember to do M1’s instead of the YO’s, use Color A for rows 1-2, Color B for rows 3-4, and add a couple of extra stitches at each end that you knit on all rows, to keep the edges from rolling.)

I’ve also made them in: Lorna’s Laces Sport, and another Fiesta Boomerang version. (And in that last link, you can see that the one I just finished – shown here in this post – was started waaaay back in December of 2008, FPS!  Oh, well. At least it’s done now.) Since this pattern does such a great job of making the colors look inter-mixed, you really can pick wildly different colors and end up with a gorgeous result. Picking out two colors to work together into one project is kind of addictive. Good thing I have a whole list of two-color projects that I want to work on in the near future!

Here at Loopy Central – we’re still buried by your Project Two orders. I heard a loud crash earlier today and went out to find Dima just about buried in boxes. (Dima is our summer intern. We typically hire one college student each summer for this position, and this summer it’s Knitting Daughter’s friend Dima. He likes to make up the video-sized boxes ahead of time and stack them against the wall. Now we know that when it gets to head level, it falls over ….)

For those of you waiting – waiting on your Project Two orders to be processed, waiting for your Project One photo to be approved and show up – just know that we’re working on it. The elves have been working extra hours (because they’re just great like that) and we’re getting things done as quickly as possible around here. I just counted and there are 147 more Project One Photos that you have uploaded since last Thursday night, waiting to be approved. I’m on it. Wait until you see some of these beauties!  Check the Project One Gallery again on Friday for the latest additions.

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  1. There have been some fantastic projects! I can’t wait to finish mine so I can upload a photo. I’m so excited!!!

  2. I am definitely going to have to make a scarf or stole in this pattern, but I’ve got to finish the one for camp first. I’m so not browsing yarn right now. No, really, I’m not.

  3. Sheri, you are suchan evil temptress! I have done 8, yes,8 Chevron scarves, including two that were for me. I swore that I would never do another one. Then you had to go and post your Fiesta version. And now I am so in love with the colors that I am obsessed with making one just like it. I love you and the Loopy Ewe. You make me do the darndest things!

  4. Now Sheri—- you better not let WH see this or he might think you came up with the Camp Loopy idea on purpose to get out of packing for the move.
    All kidding aside I ‘m having a blast at Camp Loopy. I can’t wait to see what this Trail Guide thing is all about. The projects that have been finished so far have been amazing and my list of Wanna Knits is about as long as my arm and we’ve only done one project so far. Thanks for coming up with this Wonderful Idea!
    By the way I just added a Chevron Scarf to the list!

  5. THANK YOU ALL for your hard work! Fast and steady! I am still knitting, but hope to add my pics to the backlog soon. I know there is yarn for my a hat order waiting to go into one of those boxes any minute now!

  6. wow–I feel honored that my order shipped already. Seems like everybody I know is moving. I’m Methodist and my old pastor moved to Charlotte and the new pastor moved here. My knitting friend, Carl, is moving to Phoenix. He and the pastor had farewell events the same weekend. And you’re moving. Hope the move goes smoothly.

  7. I’m still waiting for NZ Post to deliver the yarn for my first project; I’m not feeling very hopeful atm. Once it arrives I don’t know if I can finish my project in time (please arrive tomorrow!). Wednesday next week I start panicking instead of worrying. I am really looking forward to seeing it finished though; should be beautiful

  8. My wanna knit list is now so long that if I never add another thing to it I will never, I mean never!, get it all done. And, now you go and add socks, my very first love. i am done with the first project, blocking today. Then comes the challenge of adding it to the photo log. Never done this before and anticipate it will be the greatest camp challenge for me. Now to buy more sock yarn 🙂

  9. Sheri, I just about have my Cheveron Scarf done in those exact same colors in Fiesta Boomerang. Just need to finish the last couple of inches! Hope the move goes smoothly.

  10. Sheri, love the yarns you chose for the Chevron scarf, but I’ve got 2 questions. One, I don’t see the Clematis colour…is it unavailable? Also, how did you drape the scarf so that it covered the mannequin’s chest and shoulders? That is a neat trick I’d like to replicate with a really long scarf. Thanks! Your blog is fantastic for ideas and inspiration 🙂

  11. Hey! There are some mighty fine knitters in this group. Loved browsing through the pictures… Yay, Horray to all the Project One Knitters!

    Still commited to my placing in the cheering section.

  12. I haven’t been a fan of striped or 2 color shawls. I did knit a beautiful Chevron scarf several years ago. But now? I already have yarn for a Different Lines shawl since I enjoyed making Daybreak. Thanks for all the summer fun at Camp Loopy!!!!!!

  13. I learned to knit in the early 50’s and have been knitting ever since, but I didn’t know how to knit a “M1”. I found it in an knit instruction book, but you might want to define it for your readers who never learned to “M1” or just simply have never run into a pattern calling for it. Just found your website today.

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