Posted by: Steve | July 21, 2009

Foolish Virgins: Knitting Done!

Dateline July 19, 2009, about 10:30pm, EDT.

Bind-off finished.  I’ve knit the last stitch!  Breakout the celebration!

Then my wife asked… what about the back?  Oh yea, only a hundered of ends to weave in!

On the other hand… here’s the final foot or so of the scarf complete with my custom color scheme and pattern changes.  Yes, the Ladies are similar (sisters?) but not the same!

I will be using some duplicate stitch to “freshen” up some of the single-stitch-wide intarsia.  The tension in the single-stitch wide blocks is difficult to control (for me at least).



  1. I’ve never been particularly attracted to this pattern but your personal interpretation makes a whole lot of difference. It’s fabulous !!
    Hmm, should I consider knitting this ? Oh, wait there’s the wrong side… scary to say the least.
    Best of luck with weaving in those gazillions of ends and congrats for a masterpiece !!

    • Thank you Sophie!

      This has been an interesting project. I probably have worked Intarsia “out of my system” for awhile – unless something else interesting creeps under the door. At present, I’m looking forward to starting a Dale of Norway ski sweater…

      Good Knitting!

  2. STUNNING! Great job. Good luck with the ends – I’d probably just leave them all and throw a lining on it…

    • I’m trying to locate a piece of nice black or navy blue silk, perhaps with a jacard pattern, to do the lining. However, most of the ends will need to be secured by weaving along the color change borders. The “wrong side” or as some say the “private side” will never look good!

      Thanks for your kind words!

  3. WOW! I just stumbled on to your blog. I am stunned by the beauty of this project. Congratulations!

  4. Blocking and photographs are next!

    I’m also researching lining options…. including weaving my own lining!

  5. Steve, the pics are great, but in real life it even better. Its fantastic! Your workmanship is impeccable.

    • The scarf is blocked, neat, and ready to be shown! Thanks for the encouragement.

      Although, I think I have instarsia knitting “out of my system” for awhile 😉


  6. Hi Steve, I just found your blog and am in awe. I have the pattern and have long wanted to make the sweater. I don’t think there are any kits left so may I ask how/what yarn you used. I’m feeling inspired to start this project if only I can get the yarn. Today is my 26th wedding anniversary so I think I can get hubby to pop for the yarn if I can find it:)

    • Hi!
      The project was knit in “Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-ply” using colors from the book “Kaffe Fassett Knits Again”. This is probably a sport or light DK weight yarn with lots of depth of color and shades. It should be readily available.

      The scarf was awarded 1st place at my local county fair this past week. I’m thrilled! I will post a few “blue ribbon” pictures shortly. There are also more pictures and technical details under my Ravelry ID: SteveL

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. […] at the back in this post from Bon Tricot.  Enough to make me reconsider, and this is just the scarf […]

  8. Congratulations on a beautiful piece. I saw a photo of your scarf taken by a friend at the state fair (another knitter). An amazing piece of intarsia. I love it. Was it originally a cross stitch chart? or was it a knitted piece?

    Best of luck at next year’s state fair.

    • Thank you very much for your comments and encouragement!

      The knitting was done from a Kaffe Fassett pattern. I did some adjustments to the color to introduce more asymmetry in the pattern. Inspiration for the original design was from a Danish tapestry entitled “Foolish Virgins” from the New Testament story of the same name. More photos of the project in process can be found here:
      and more of my knitting found here:


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