Sunday, November 6, 2011

M.C. Knitalot

Hello again!
One thing you may or may now know about me is that I am a fairly rabid knitter. I will try not to get too crazed about it here, but I would love to share my few designs and perhaps a finished object or two of which I am very proud.

Since I originally shared some patterns on another blog, and have permission of my blog-partner... I thought I would start re-publishing them here where I am sure to be more active and can support those who would like to use the patterns now! Rather than add them all at once, I think I will go slow... Maybe I will start with a couple of my very first attempts to share patterns with the world...

Enjoy my Vegas Sands Cowl (more a neck warmer really... maybe I should change the name?).
Orignially published in Summer 2008

1 skein Malabrigo Silky Merino shown in Amoroso (red/pink) and Caribeno (blue/green) colorway
Size 7 circs, 16” length
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends and a stitch marker

Gauge: approx 5 sts/inch in stockinette, approx 22 sts/4 inches in pattern

Finished size: about 8” long by 18” around

Pattern stitch (adapted from Grumperina’s Shifting Sands Scarf):
Worked over 4 rows:
Row 1 (RS): *1/2LC, K2, repeat to end
Row 2 and 4: knit
Row 3: *k2, 1/2RC, rep to end

Loosely CO 105 sts using whatever method you like to give you a nice-edge, join for knitting in the round making sure not to twist your stitches, place a stitch marker. Work 5 rounds in garter stitch (starting with a purl round, then a knit round... lather rinse repeat).

Next row: begin the pattern stitch and continue knitting in the round until the piece measure approx 7.5”. Follow up with another 5 rounds of garter stitch. Bind off loosely in your favorite manner!

Finishing: Weave in ends, block if you want, but I didn’t, don cowl and look MAGNIFICENT!
1/2LC: slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front, k2, then knit1 from cable needle
1/2RC: slip 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k1, then k2 from cable needle

Alternative Picot Bind-off shown in red/pink version:
Work picot bind off as follows:
*Knit 1 st. Slip knit st back to left-hand needle. Use cable cast on method to cast on 2 sts. Bind off 7 sts. Repeat from * until all sts are bound off.  Cut yarn. Using yarn tail, connect the first picot point of the round to the last bound-off stitch.

I hope you enjoy it!

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