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Monday, July 16, 2012

Increasingly Cute

I’m sure you remember last winter when I learned to knit.  What?  You don’t commit my every movement to memory.  Well, I taught myself to knit last fall and made several scarves, bracelets, and even a felted clutch.  What all those have in common is that they are straight rows of knitting, the same number on each row.

This spring I decided I probably need to know how to (intentionally) increase or decrease stitches, and found a simple headscarf pattern to make for Princess Thundercloud.  She and I went to the local yarn store and she chose a rainbow wool yarn to use.  It’s Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus, Color 551 if you’d like to get some. It’s a lovely, soft 80% Merino/20% Nylon yarn.

One craft lead to another, and after taking the supplies on not one but two vacations and STILL not starting it, I finally took the plunge last week.  I was sitting in the doctor’s waiting room for about five hours while the oldest hooligans was undergoing tests, so I thought it would be a perfect block of time to get going.  And it was.

It took that day and a couple of hours on a couple of evenings to complete, mostly because I wasn’t sure what I was doing and kept undoing everything and starting over. It turned out really well, though, and now she wants them in many other solid colors (mostly pink and purple, of course).  I’m thinking a solid one with flowers embroidered on it would be super cute.  Or snowflakes for winter. Or hearts for Valentines Day. Oh, my, I best get to knitting.

Here’s how:

You’ll need sport-weight yarn and number 8 knitting needles.

Put a rubber band on one needle, to use as the one when you increase.

Tie a slipknot on the needle without a rubber band.

Row 1:  Knit into the front and back of the knot.

Row 2:  Knit across both stitches.

Row 3:  Knit into the front and back of those stitches. You have 4 stitches.

Row 4:  Knit across the stitches

Row 5: Knit the 1st stitch, then knit into the front and back of the 2nd stitch, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, then knit the last stitch. You have 6 stitches.

Row 6: Knit across the stitches.

Row 7:  Knit the 1st stitch, knit into the front and back of the next stitch, then knit across until only 2 stitches remain on the needle.  Knit into the front and back of the next stitch, then knit the last stitch.

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until you have about 64 stitches on your needles.  Your scarf should be about 8” long from the center to the tip of the triangle.  You can, of course, make whatever size you’d like.
Bind it off.  I sewed the points together then sewed a button on, just to make it cute.  You could also knit cords and sew them on as ties, or sew an short piece of elastic to connect the point. It’s up to you…you’re creative!

I promised Thundercloud I would include this photo with her Bunny on my blog, because “Bunny is sad she never gets to be in pictures or on your blog, Mama.”  Who can resist such cuteness?

Linking up at The Frugal Girls, Happy Go Lucky, and Petals to Picots


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  2. Love the headscarf! Gorgeous pick on the yarn. I think Bunny needs to make more appearances on your blog. :-)

    1. Thundercloud and Bunny will be so appreciative of your support! And I agree...she made a fabulous yarn choice...I had my doubts about letting her choose. She's very sad that she's outgrown her tie-dye rainbow leggings from the Oly Farmers Market and has to wait until next year to get more. I may have to attempt making some.

    2. Let me know if you need a Washington friend to pick up some new ones for her!


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