Sheep Shawl Capitulation

The lovely Sheep Shawl — I must put it away after ripping for a THIRD time due to dropped stitches.  I tried to be SOOO careful.  I could not figure out how to ladder the dropped stitches up and maintain the pattern.  So I’m duly putting it to the side and I’ve begun a simple but clever (and chart-less, thank you very much) shawl in Melanie Falick’s Weekend Knitting called the “Perfect Pie.”   I love the design which makes the most of the short row technique.

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Happy Hats

These hats are heavily modified versions of the “Rainbow Marley” in Itty Bitty Hats.  What a great way to use leftover bits.

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Sheep Shawl redo

I’ve gotten back to the lace shawl and can I just say — Lace Addis — awesome.  Perfect.  I’m a happy knitter once again.

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Fur Trimmed Baby Cardi Almost Done

I am sooo close to finishing the little baby wrap cardi with the fur trim.  I used every bit of three balls of yarn to the point that I did not have enough to make the i-cord for the ties.  I’ll be using ribbon, I suppose.  I made a little hat as well.  Now I need to find a happy little six-month-old model for pics and then I need to gather up the napkins, backs of receipts, and little slips of paper that contain my oddball drawings and bizarre calculations.  I say bizarre because I’m the kind of persn who still needs her fingers when I add (don’t worry — my husband will be taking care of the math when we begin homeschooling).  Yet it worked.  The sweater looks like my sketch and the gauge was consistent.  I’m happy with it.  The Berocco “Lullabye” is squishy, comfy, and bright.  It’s much prettier in real life.  My digital skills leave much to be desired.  Pattern to follow!

Lullabye baby wrap cardi with fur trim

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Knitters Anonymous

This should have been funnier than it was. I mean, it’s tongue-in-cheek, but so on-target that I laughed nervously and slipped back into the happy land known as “DeNial”. Anyway, this site is a hoot. Especially the “emergency knitting needles” known to non-knitters as “pencils”.

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Pausing to pray as I knit

I’ve begun a prayer shawl for a friend at church who’s going through some extremely difficult health issues.   What I’m finding is that, although I’m deliberately and specificially praying as I knit this particular project for this young woman, I see that there’s an element of prayer that goes into each knitted gift anyway.  The slow and rhythmic movement lends itself to reflection and simple prayer, even if it’s no more than “knit 5, purl 5…I hope she’s going to get through… oh, purl 5, the next week ok…”  It may not be the same as quietly meditating, eyes closed, Bible in hand, yet, I know that I’m being heard, and  stopping to think about my friend and keep her at the forefront of my thoughts is a blessing in itself, for myself as well as her.

Before this project, I considered getting a few done just in case someone got sick or sad, but now I think I won’t.  I want the person and their situation to be what I’m thinking about as I knit for them.   Most of you who have made prayer shawls before probably already understood this, but I’m having an “aha” moment myself.

Anyway, I’m using some Yarn Bee “Itali” in white, burgundy, red, pink, and orange,  held with a strand of white Simply Soft.  My friend is Laotian and I thought the colors would be cheerful and look good with her beautiful dark hair.  It was also very inexpensive and will be washable.   The Italia is usually $6-7 a ball, and I got it on sale for $2, so it was cheaper than the Homespun I’d planned to use.  It is so soft and cuddly.  I think it will feel quite nice around the shoulders.  It reminds me of those fluffy Gund stuffed animals my daughter used to cuddle with at bedtime.

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Totally Tubular Head Hugger

Totally Tubular Head Hugger

design by Denelle Bratcher of Knuts4Knits

Totally Tubular

Skill: advanced beginner

The following is my version of the popular “panta” patterns floating around the Net. It’s great for the times you’d like a hat to keep your head and ears warm, but you still want to keep your hair pulled up. I’ve modified it so that there is less bulk at the nape and the slipped stitch edging looks good with the ribbed rows. It’s meant to be pulled a bit lower on the brow, so I widened the top part of the band.

If you like the pattern, please drop a line. If you find mistakes, I’d appreciate hearing about those as well. I’m still new at this. Boy, it takes a lot of time to write down each step. I appreciate the “real” designers even more now!
Supplies:

About 80 yards of Blue Sky Alpaca, DK weight . You could use a worsted weight as well if you’d like a slightly wider version.

sizes 4 and 6 needles

safety pin to mark right side (or tie a piece of contrasting yarn)

tapestry needle for weaving ends
Gauge:
approx. 5 st per inch

Size:
adult, one size fits most (finished piece is 19″; stretches to 20 or 21″)

Shaping Stitches used:

M1: Make 1 stitch

K2 tog :  Knit 2 stitches together as one

SSK:  Slip one knitwise, knit the next st, lift slipped stitch over that stitch

Sl1 wyif:  Slip one with yarn in front
Note: When slipping one (Sl1) for the three-stitch tubular edge, slip the yarn purlwise with yarn in front (wyif). Be sure to return yarn to the back when you make the subsequent knit stitches. The first and last three stitches will be done in this manner throughout the pattern. It makes a very nice, neat, rounded edge. (Thank you, Annie Modesitt.) It’s easily memorized, but I’ve chosen to italicize the edge stitches to make them more discernable.


Pattern:
With smaller needles, CO 16 st.

(a provisional CO is optional if you want to graft the ends or use the three-needle bind-off)

Section A:

(RS) Row1: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, *P1, K2* repeat from * to * until 4 st remain; P1, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.

Mark the right side.

(WS)Row 2: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *K1, P2* repeat from * to * until 4 st remain; K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 1 wyif.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 1.5″. End with RS row.

Section B:

(WS)Row 1: : Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *K1, M1, P2* repeat until 4 st remain; K1, M1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif. (20 st)

(RS) Row 2: K1, Sl1 wyif, K1, *P2, K2* repeat until 5 st remain; P2, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif, *K2, P2* repeat until 5 st remain; K2, Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 2″. End with RS row.

Section C:

Change to larger needles,

(WS)Row 1: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl wyif, *M1, K2, M1, P2,* repeat until 5 st remain; M1, K2, M1, Sl wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif. ( 28 st)

(RS) Row 2: K1, Sl1 wyif, K1, *P4, K2,* repeat until 7 st remain; P4, K1, Sl1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif, *K4, P2* repeat until 7 st remain; K4, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 2.5″. End with RS row.

Section D:
(WS)Row1: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *M1, K4, M1, P2* repeat until 7 st remain; M1, K4, M1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif. (36 st)

(RS) Row 2: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, *P6, K2* repeat until until 9 st remain; P6, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *K6, P2* until 9 st remain; K6, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 7″. End with RS row.
Section E (begin to decrease):

(WS)Row 1: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *K2 tog, K2, K2 tog, P2* repeat until 9 st remain; k2 tog, K2, K2 tog, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.(28 sts)

(RS) Row 2: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, *P4, K2* repeat until 7 st remain; P4, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *K4,P2* repeat until 7 st remain; K4, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 2.5″. End with RS row.

Section F:

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Change to smaller needles,
(WS)Row 1: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *ssk, K2 tog, P2* repeat until 7 st remain; ssk, K 2 tog, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif. (20 st)

(RS)Row 2: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, *P2, K2* repeat until 5 st remain; P2, K1, Sl1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl1 wyif, *K2, P2* repeat until 5 st remain; K2, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 2″. End with RS row.

Section G:

(WS) Row1: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, * K2 tog, P2* repeat until 5 st remain; K2 tog, Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif. (16 st)

(RS) Row 2: K1, Sl1 wyif, K1, *P1, K2* repeat until 4 st remain; P1, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.

(WS)Row 3: Sl1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif, *k1, P2* repeat until 4 st remain, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for 1.5 “. End with RS row.

TO FINISH: Bind off stitches and sew narrow ends together, weaving in the tail, OR, for a seamless finish, you can kitchener stitch the ends together OR , if you used a provisional cast on, you can put the live stitches on a needle and use a three-needle bind off.

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