That Mass Effect Scarf

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At long last, the scarf is done! Cue maniacal laughter here.

But seriously, not even the last scarf I made took this long to get done. Then again, the last scarf I made consisted of one skein of thick yarn and didn’t go to over six feet tall. And I wasn’t particularly following a more complicated pattern, either.

The N7 scarf had to be made, however. It called to me like the Milky Way calling for Commander Shepard to save it from the Reapers. Besides, my N7-striped gloves needed a matching scarf to go along with it, right?

me3For those who haven’t already realized this, I’m a pretty big Mass Effect fan. Like, huge, HUGE ME fan. I was particularly glad that the entire trilogy was done well, and I was not at all disappointed by the end of it. This love may just be part of my over-obsessive fangirling of things fandom-y, but the ME trilogy was big for me in that it weaned me over to the scifi-world. Okay, Doctor Who and Farscape did that, too, but ME was different. It was a video game that I normally wouldn’t have considered because it wasn’t fantasy or steeped in a historical or superheroey context. It had a space military plot, with a Star Wars-y vibe, and while I respected that, it wasn’t something I was rearing to play as a priority. But, you know, I got to choose a female soldier character, so um…of course I was eventually going to play it.

Needless to say I have since changed my opinions on non-fantasy, non-historical, non-superheroey gaming. I pretty much play a lot of everything now, so yeah. Still, it did start with Mass Effect.

Anyway, the scarf.

I found the pattern at Ravelry.com, from a classy lady who does Bioware stuff Β (though I saw mostly Mass Effect knitting patterns as opposed to the other Bioware games). I did a few changes, especially since A) I didn’t want to do the other emblem half, and B) I thought the colored stripes needed a different proportion. So for the edited pattern:

MATERIALS
At least two skeins of white and black yarn, one skein of red yarn.

scarf2Take note: It would due well to practice dealing with several skeins of yarn on a horizontal position, because that proves to be chaotic if not organized properly. At some point I had so many yarn skeins tangled up because I kept having to twist the yarn that I must have spent just as much time disentangling them as I did knitting the pattern itself. Okay, slight exaggeration, but still…

Cast On 60 stitches.
R1: (black) k all
R2: (black) k3, p54, k3
Repeat R1, R2 17 more times (36 rows total)

N7 STRIPES:
R1: (black) k15, (white) k7, (red) k16, (white) k7, (black) k15
R2: (black) k3, p12, (white) p7, (red) p16, (black) p12, k3
Repeat R1, R2 43 more times (88 rows total)

scarf3ARTICULATION:
R89: (black) k all
R90: (black) k3, p54, k3
R91: (black) k15, (white) k7, (red) k16, (white) 7, (black) k15
R92: (black) k3, p12, (white) p7, (red) p16, (black) p12, k3
Repeat 91, 92 3 more times (8 rows in all)
Repeat the Articulation again until there are 5 black Articulation stripes

Then the suggestion is to do the N7 Stripes pattern until it’s 23″ less than your desired length, but I just eyeballed it to mean “as tall as me”. My scarf got pretty darn long, though, so I might have gone overboard with that.

I did count 128 R1, R2 pairs (so 256 rows…). Yeah, it really did end up being a long scarf.

Start the Articulation pattern until it matches the first side.

Then do the N7 Stripes pattern again for 44 R1, R2 pairs (88 rows).

scarf5BLACK BACKGROUND:
R1: (black) k all
R2: (black) k3, p54, k3
Repeat R1, R2 3 more times (8 rows in all)

Then start the N7 logo (the pattern is on the Biowearables site). Working the color was…erm…interesting. There were some issues I faced where I had to deal with bringing the white or black yarn across the pattern, and occasionally I ended up using the intarsia technique. Suffice to say color-work was interesting at best, and took up quite a bit of time when it came to the logo itself. Thank goodness I didn’t attempt the emblem on the first side!

Do 7 pairs of the Black background pattern of R1, R2 (14 rows in all).

Bind off!

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Voila! Matching gloves and scarf! Totally winter 2014 ready πŸ˜€

I think, besides my teeny tiny flubs here and there (and the fact that I accidentally cut the colored yarn too early, so I had to re-add them into the knitting), my only big problem had been the mess that was the back. I mean, at some point, once I did get the method to the madness, I managed to keep the stitches on the back of the scarf relatively neat–or at least, as neat as I could make it. But one can only go so far, I suppose. There’s also the business of needing to iron out the sides, since the border keeps curling inward, which is slightly annoying (I suppose this could have been avoided if I used the same kind of yarn throughout…but clearly I do not have the budget for that…).

Too bad it’s practically burgeoning on springtime, ’cause now I’ll have to wait until winter comes along now to be able to wear both with great relish (unless it snows in May…in which case I might actually cry).

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7 thoughts on “That Mass Effect Scarf

  1. That is just SO beautiful. Yes, I know the call of that needing to be knit. (I also know of the tangled skeins, of untwisting yarns.) Go somewhere wearing it and your gloves! πŸ˜€ Allons-y!

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  2. The curling is a result of the stockinette stitch and not any tension differences between your yarns. There’s no way of getting around it. Sometimes people put a thick boarder of something that doesn’t curl around the edges, like garter or seed stitch but.. that scarf was already wide enough as it was! πŸ˜‰ I actually made three more scarves on a knitting machine, which curls even worse than hand-knitting for some reason.. Those I lined with micro-fleece. Lining the scarves eliminates the curl completely, AND will hide the messy intarsia/stranded stuff at the back. It’s win-win, except it is one extra step. You can hand-sew it or machine-sew it, though you lose a little bit of the width to the seams that way.
    Anyhow, so glad you liked the pattern. And you have excellent taste in TV shows. πŸ˜‰ Farscape is one of the other things I also was obsessed with in the same way I’m obsessed with Mass Effect. I almost didn’t play it, I was convinced I couldn’t play shooters. I watched my husband play them, and got so invested in the characters that he used to save bits with my favorites until I was around to watch. He kept insisting I needed to play it myself though. Turns out, when properly motivated, I CAN learn how to shoot things. And he was right, it was totally different playing myself, even though I’d watched him play through as FemShep it wasn’t the same as being FemShep myelf. And now I find myself considering a whole new genre of games I’d never considered before.
    I hope to remedy the lack of Dragon Age stuff soon, I’m working on a hat for Inquisition. But as much as I loved Dragon Age.. I was never as attached to my Warden or my Hawke as much as I was to my Shepard.

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    • Ahh, lining the scarves makes sense. I’ve been working on gloves and double-knitted projects lately, so I hadn’t been able to see whether the curling was inevitable or just something I didn’t foresee in the scarf. Thanks for the lining tip! I might have to try that at some point.

      I always thought shooting games were out of my league, but then I got introduced to first-person shooters like Bioshock, and that went on and opened my eyes to western-style games (I was mostly a Japanese RPG gamer before). I think I played Dragon Age first before Mass Effect, but the way Dragon Age worked, there wasn’t enough consistency between the first two games that ME had with Shepard and her/his crew. So yeah, I’m with you on that, I was certainly more attached to Shepard, and ME is by far still my favorite of the Bioware games (and one of my favorite games in general).

      Much appreciate your stopping by. It’s always fun to see what kinds of projects you’ve done in the Bioware fandom, especially the Mass Effect stuff. And thanks so much for putting up the pattern for the N7 scarf. I have two siblings already jealous because I’m refusing to give the scarf to either of them, lol!

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      • I’m psyched every time I see someone make this scarf, even though inevitably they whine about how difficult and boring the stripey bits are. Which I agree with. πŸ˜‰ It’s why despite how many people beg and beg me to take commissions for this scarf, I can’t bring myself to do it. Even on the knitting machine it takes forever, though the stripey bits are considerably less boring than hand-knitting them. There’s something about knitting for pay though.. takes all the fun out of it. I was making a couple of scarves to sell but I found that I never worked on them, until I decided I’d give one of them to my sister’s friend.. that gave me the motivation I needed to finish. I’ve given all my stuff away now though, so some of it I have to remake. πŸ˜‰ I miss my Interrupt Gauntlets.

        I think you’ve hit on exactly why the Mass Effect games are so special relative to the Dragon Age game, because there are multiple games with the same characters, you really grow attached to those characters in a whole different way. The world building and writing of both series is on par with each other, but you just spend more TIME with everyone in Mass Effect. I’ll be interested to see how I react to Varric in Inquisition. He was my favorite DA2 companion, but I’m feeling a little jealous right now that he’s hanging out with someone other than my Hawke. πŸ˜‰

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