Crafting from the Collection: Dewey Scarf

November 11, 2010, 11:23 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

vickiehowellI’m really excited today, because I’m heading out to Ft. Worth, TX for my very first museum event! I’m honored to have been asked to lead a Crafting from the Collection session tonight, at the Amon Carter Museum

Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865–1931) Dew on Spider’s Vertical Web, ca. 1920 Gelatin silver chloride print Amon Carter Museum of American Art P1990.7.3

of American Art.
The lovely Brady Sloane, sister of artist (and Craft Corps featuree), Travis Nichols has put together this wonderful series that marries the inspiration of craft through art. As the evening’s featured craft designer, I was asked to choose three works from the museum’s vast archives, and then create companion projects inspired by each piece.
I chose two photographs: “Dew on Spider’s Vertical Web”, by Wilson Alwyn Bentley, and John W. Church’s, “Urban Street Scene”, as well as one painting by Josef Albers, “Study to Homage to the Square Remote”. I can give you a glimpse of the former, but have been asked to not post pictures of the other two for copyright purposes (so you’ll just have to come tonight to see ‘em in person!)

I stuck with the Needlearts genre of craft for all three of my pieces– one hand-quilted; one embroidered and sewn; one knit. I loved working on this and was surprised at how easily at least two of the art works translated into craft works. Very cool.

Please join me this evening as I guide visitors through viewing of each work, a discussion of how I created my pieces, a short, hand-quilting tutorial (materials provided), and a signing of my most recent book, Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community, One Story at a Time. Hope to see you there!

Even if you aren’t able to make it though, you can join in the fun virtually but knitting one of the pieces I created for the event, the Dewy Ascot. Enjoy!

Dewy Ascot (Inspired by Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photograph, Dew on a Spider’s Vertical Web)

1 Hank Malibrigo Laceweight (100% Baby Merino Wool; 470 yds)
Note: 1 hank will easily make two scarves.
Size US 6 (4.0mm)
Glass Beads
Embroidery Needle (with large enough eye to string yarn through, but small enough to fit through bead.)

Finished Measurements
4 1/2” (at beaded ends) x 30”

25 sts x 24 rows= 4” (10cm) in pattern
Note: Gauge is not important for this project)

Directions (Make 2)
Pre-string beads onto yarn.

CO 27 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4 (WS): Knit (sliding 1 bead up per stitch).
Row 5: K 6, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat from * to end

Row 6: Knit all knit sts, drop all YOs.
Rows 7-8: Knit all sts.
Row 9: K1, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat to last 5 sts. YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K1.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.

Stitch Pattern Close-Up.

Dewy Ascot (Inspired by Wilson Alwyn Bentley’s photograph, Dew on a Spider’s Vertical Web)

Repeat Rows 3-10, 8 times more.

Repeat Rows 3-10, 4 times more, but WITHOUT using beads on Row 4.


Use mattress stitch to attach seam two pieces together at narrow ends.

Weave in ends. Block if necessary.


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23 Responses

    Valerie says:

    Lovely! Hope your program went well.

    Anonymous says:

    Very cool! For a second, that spider web with dew photo looked mildly like a sashiko pattern to me… guess I got it on the brain!

    J Waterbury says:

    How do you know how many beads to string?

    Marilyn Hemingway says:

    How many beeds does it take to make this scarf as pattern shows?

      AlleyMapper says:

      By my calculation(!) it seems like 27 (sts per row) by 18 # of rows using beads) = 486 beads

    Coreev2v says:

    I’d like to make this too, and wondered how many beads are needed.

    Tania_klein says:

    How Many beads to you string on to make this scarf?

    B says:

    I just started this but it looks smaller in width than the picture. Am I doing something wrong?

    cpeaseblossom says:

    I started this; got through two cycles of the pattern and it’s not looking too good. The # of stitches is wrong and I’m winging it. It’s certainly not as it appears in the photo above. Ripping it out! FAIL!

    Nancy Lade says:

    What size bead do you use?

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    Barbara Palmer says:

    what size beads, please?

    Deb Salinowicz says:

    Wanting to try this but I see no responses to any replies, especially to the question on beads…size and how many. Even if number of beads isn’t exact, the size does matter. Guess I won’t be trying this one out. Sad.

    Colene says:

    Great looking scarf, but poorly written pattern. I won’t be trying this one unless some of the concerns are addressed. I’m afraid my experience would end up simialr to cpeaseblossom

    AJ says:

    This is lovely! Knitters, if you put a bead on every knit stitch and you cast on 27 stitches, you need 27 beads for each row you wish to put beads on. So for the elaborate example shown with 9 beaded rows on each side of the scarf, you will need 27 X 9 = 243 beads for each side, or a total of 486 beads for both ends of the scarf/the whole project. You definitely need to find the right size embroidery needle described to string ‘em before you start. As described, you just string 243 and make one half, then repeat with another 243, and sew together the halves for the finished scarf. Thank you
    Vickie for this great idea!!!!

    SW says:

    Would love to make this scarf but can’t for the life of me think what YO means ! Can someone please help me out.

    ouizee says:

    YO= Yarn Over

    Kathy Mahan says:

    I am a very new knitter so please excuse this silly question. When you string the beads, you just place them at the beginning of the yarn and let them slide down? Then k eep letting them slide until you need one and push it up into the stitch? Thank you for your replies.

      Judy says:

      I’d assume that’s what will happen. I’ve wondered too, and worry a bit that it will damage the yarn as it continues sliding through the beads. That’s a lot of beads on the yarn so I think it’s a distinct possibility. I think you just have to find the yarn you want to use and then find a bead that fits with enough room to allow you to string it through. I’m going for a larger bore to prevent snagging the yarn as much.

    Mel says:

    Size head??

    Mel says:

    Size bead….please

    Judy says:

    This actually needs 26 CO, not 27. I failed so many times until I counted it out. Did it without beads to practice the pattern and it’s turning out pretty nice for a lacy scarf with a finer yarn. I do 2 YO though for the 3 middle stitches instead of a triple YO because it got way too droopy. That wouldn’t happen with heavier yarn though. I do want to try this with a white yard and clear beads for a young girl.

    Mary says:

    I also would love to knit this but after reading all of the comments, I am a little shy of buying all of the yarn, etc. and having trouble with it. I am a very experienced knitter. Would like a reply, please.

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