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New Free Pattern!

Well, I actually described how to make this  in a post of two years ago.  But it’s one of the most-liked projects I’ve posted on Ravelry, so I thought I’d put it into PDF.

It’s called Summer Love.  Check out my Free Patterns page for the details!

FO: Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

This weighs in at 11 oz.  I used Lily Sugar’n Cream Solid (color “Ecru”) and size 10 needles.  It would look equally nice if I had used up all the yarn (knit one more ounce) but I didn’t.  I posted the pattern in my previous post.  If you’re interested!!

Looking at Lace

I’m sitting here with coffee and marveling at how much nice effect you can get from a very easy lace pattern!  I wonder if, other than faggotting, Vine Lace is the easiest of all?  I mean, there are only 2 pattern rows and they’re actually the same … it’s just that they’re offset by 1 stitch (either K3 at the beginning of the row or K2).  And it results in a nice wavy fabric that looks very effective with a multicolored yarn!

But the wrap I’m working on now includes the “little arrowhead” pattern and that’s pretty easy too.  I don’t usually publish a pattern in a post (especially when I’m not even finished with the project yet!) but here it is for discussion’s sake:

Little Arrowhead and Feather Faggotting Lace Wrap

multiple of 11 plus 4  (I cast on 59)

R1, R3 (WS) : K1 YO P2TOG K1 P7 * K1 YO P2TOG K1

R2: K1 YO P2TOG K1 * K1 YO SSK K1 K2TOG YO K2 YO P2TOG K1

R4: K1 YO P2TOG K1 * K2 YO SSKP YO K3 YO P2TOG K1

SSKP = slip two stitches as if to knit, K1, pass the two slipped stitches over

The Little Arrowhead has only two pattern rows and the differences between them are small.  I inserted some faggotting between each repeat and that adds a tiny bit to the complexity because now you can’t just mindlessly purl the Wrong Side rows.

Faggoting is a 1-row pattern, so you do the same thing on both the RS and WS.   It’s nice to use if you want to add or strengthen a vertical line in your design or if you want to add some airiness to your lace.  As mentioned before, I also think it makes a nice side border.  It’s easy to see the 4-stitch faggotting pattern in the Wrong Side rows (just ignore the P7!).  When you knit a YO K2TOG and then turn the knitting around, it looks reversed.  So if you knit a YO K2TOG on the back, you automatically balance the biasing.  Simple and elegant!  There’s lots of variation in faggotting, the one I’m using does a P2TOG instead of a K2TOG.

The way I see the Little Arrowhead part of the pattern is:

R2: K1 YO [5 stitches becomes 3 stitches] YO K1

R4: K2 YO [3 stitches becomes 1 stitch] YO K2

The YO stitches add 2 to the stitch count, and the operation in the middle eats 2 stitches up so the stitch count comes even again.  In R4, a couple of stitches are “borrowed” from the center and added to the outside, which shifts the YOs toward the center.  Now, all that’s left is to come up with some stuff in the middle that uses the available stitch count to eat up 2 stitches.  In R2, it’s SSK K1 K2TOG.  In R4, it’s SSKP.  See how pretty and symmetrical these two pattern rows are?  If you’re adding YOs on one side only (in this case, the Right Side) , then you have to do that if you don’t want biasing.

I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how I look at lace patterns.  It not only helps me memorize the pattern but it’s really helpful when trying to figure out a mistake!

I don’t have much to illustrate this post cuz my wrap is still in progress, but I made a wrap last summer which used the same idea.  I used the “Faggotting and Beehive Lace” pattern from Barbara Walker’s first “Treasury of Knitting Patterns”.  You can click on the picture to see my Ravelry project, if you want:

Hydrangea Lace Wrap

Hydrangea Lace Wrap

FO: Staghorn Scarf

This scarf is so soft, I hope the intended recipient enjoys it as much as I do!  I think my camera may have a problem because I’m struggling to get a decent picture these days.  That’s not surprising since I have abused it horribly.  Oh well, I think the picture gives a feel for the pattern anyway.  I’ve written up a chart (first try at that experience!) and it’s now on my “Free Patterns” page.  I used Jacquie’s Knitting Chart Maker which, for my needs, is perfect!

And here is the third in the series, the Seismic Scarf.  This one started as a swatch but was looking fine so I kept going.  The border (an experiment with a new stitch pattern) is curling a bit so  I may do a quick blocking with the scarf on the needles to confirm that it will lie OK when all is said and done.

The Diamondback Scarf is about 75% complete.  It’s moving along more quickly now that I’m more practiced with the Left Twist stitch.  That was giving me headaches: while it was unfamiliar, I was splitting the yarn a lot and that looks hideous with this yarn and pattern.  You can’t ignore it; it must be corrected.  Ech.  Luckily, incidents are tapering off now.  (Famous last words, I know it!)

The Well-Dressed Foot

Before I could even mention it, hubby came down the stairs this morning with his new socks on and said, “Hey!  What do you think?”  And I ran to get my camera.  He didn’t have to do much work, just sit relatively still while reading the paper, so it worked out well.  It’s a blustery day, so I apologize for the flaky lighting … but here are the promised action photos:

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(With apologies to Crazy Aunt Purl, whose hilarious cat photos were inspiration …)

Edit March 17: I added the pattern to my Free Patterns page, enjoy!

The Latest in Vulcan Headwear (FO! Free Pattern! Yay!)

In answer to a call for some charity knitwear, I used some leftover Wool-Ease to make a hat:

Tricorder HatTricorder Hat (top)

I call it the Tricorder Hat.  Yes, the name is a play on words!  The hat looks as if it has cords in groups of three draping the head and ending in tassels.  It’s also a nod to Mr. Spock, who hid his ears under a woolen hat in a 1967 episode of Star Trek called “City on the Edge of Forever”.

Once you get the hang of doing the twisted stitches, this hat is a pretty easy knit.  The twist requires skipping a stitch and knitting one, knitting the skipped stitch and then slipping both off the needle. At first, it was tricky to get the needle under the first stitch in order to knit it. I ended up putting the needle though both stitches as if to K2TOG, then backing the needle out a bit and inserting it between the stitches.  After I figured this out, the project went quickly!

 I’ve posted the Tricorder Hat pattern on my Free Patterns page, hope you like it!


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