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  • Thanks to Nell for sharing her process. I fell totally in love with the sampler scarf in the Lopi field guide and it was the first thing I knit when my yarn arrived.

    • This writing and sharing was a pleasure, thanks for the comment and compliment!

  • I am curious to know what became of those 12 inches you cut off. In my mind I am seeing a muff for tiny little hands.

    • That end is in my stash now, just in case…

  • Whoa, brain exploding. Knit inside out? I’m sure I’m overthinking this, but can’t for the life of me figure out what you mean. All I can think of is to purl instead of knit, and what’s the point of working on a circular needle if I have to purl!

    • You still knit the knits. It’s just that you are knitting at the far side of the circle rather than the near side. I can’t explain clearly but it’s one of those things that is clear as soon as you do it.

      • Beautiful ! Thank you!

    • If you take a look at the photo you can see that it is all knit stitches. She is still doing only knit stitches in the round, no purls, but the tube of fabric is on the inside rather than how most people knit in the round. It is just a matter of orientation. Imagine reaching into the tube in the photo with your hands, and pulling all the fabric out- that’s how you are used to seeing it.

      It’s an interesting tensioning tip. I usually just stretch my stitches out on the right needles so the floats are relaxed but I can see how this would work really well.

    • It’s an elegant solution – you’re still knitting on the right side (none of that pesky stranded purling), your tube o’ knitting is just inside out. I think of it as reaching inside the tube to knit. Hope this perspective helps!

    • If you look at the second to last photo, see that the knitting is falling as knits from the needles. It really is mind-blowing, but ultimately very simple! : )

    • You’re knitting looking at the inside of the tunnel.

  • INSIDE OUT!!!! Mind blown. I feel this is precisely the trick I’ve been looking for.

    • My thoughts exactly. Life-changing. Well, if life is knitting. Which IT IS!

  • My accidental motif revelation I love – those beads with the bright center can be very delightful. I did a ‘what the heck, it’s only 20 stitches wide’ experiment with the pockets for my destination pullover and they definitely look like little flowers tucked in those pockets. ❤️

  • Nell.is.simply.the.best.

  • I love hearing from Nell! And what a good tip to knit “inside-out” on this project. This might actually get me to try color work plus I’ve always wanted to knit with lettlopi yarn.

  • I tried knitting inside out on a mitten. It worked fairly well, but the mitten is a bit smaller than the first one for which I went up a needle size. However, the mittens were my first color work project after a 2 hour class (in person, so a while ago), so my technique should improve over time.

  • Thank you Nell, I love the idea of paying attention to how the patterns flow together, had never really thought of that for sampler scarves. Since I typically would not swatch a scarf or cowl this is something to look out for!

  • Lovely stuff, Nell! I think it can be fun to have a limited palette and challenge your creativity. You obviously met that challenge!

  • Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on this article. I am so -very- delighted to share tips and techniques, and my deep love of knitting with you all. xo