Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Yarn Porn, Another hat, and a Pattern

On Friday, coming home from a friend’s, I stopped into a big box craft store.
(Living in a population dense area, there are several, (from several chains!) big box crafts stores with in local driving distance) --Mostly, I stopped because I wanted to use the facilities!

But once there, I walk around, to see what was new, or interesting.
Nothing new or interesting caught my eye. But something old did.
3 skeins of ARAUCANIA’s Quellon.
In the Clearance bin.
Marked down more than 75%!
...........--3 skeins for less than the price of a single skein!

The skeins looked a bit shopworn. But the colors were lovely.
And yes, Chenille is prone to worming,
and viscose (rayon) and cotton chenille is especially prone to worming...

But…see for yourself! 3 neat "cakes" of chenille!


If I take my time into consideration, they were very expensive skeins.
But since I currently have more time than money, time is a currency I am willing to spend!

And spend it, I did! I spent hours!
Over 1 hour per skein, untangle the yarn and winding them up.
There were worms in the hank, there were wormy tangles that knotted and twisted and defined me as I attempted to wind them into hanks, even after, in theory, all the tangles had been removed!

Still I am glad that I bought them.. I am still not sure what I am going to make from them-- 450 yards or so offers some options, but a limited number.

In the failing light of the late afternoon, I took a photo of yet another HAT.
The Charity Knitting Holiday hat, that I didn't have a photo of for the previous post.

(still to be photographed, the little elf hat! )

And, as promised, here is the pattern for the Fair Isle/Scandinavian style head band,
Pictured here, again.
In the Pines Headband


Finished size: 4 inches by 22 inches (apx)
............................(inner diameter is smaller)
Materials:
Apx. 100 yard each Moss Green and Ivory worsted weight wool
Apx. 50 yards Coffee brown.
(I used Mode Dea’s Machine Washable Wool/colors Ivory, Moss and Coffee, but you can use any worsted weight yarn of choice)

Needles: US size 8 Circular needle/or US size 8 DPN
(or size needed to get gauge/ fabric is firm)
Gauge: (in Fair Isle)
26 rows =4 inches (10cm) 22 Stitches=4 inches (10cm)

Cast on, using your favorite provisional cast on, and Moss green yarn: 116 stitches.
Join into round, being careful not to twist.

Work in 1 X 1 ribbing for 23 rounds
Switch to stocking knit and work 2 rows. (25 rounds)
Drop moss green yarn, but do not cut.

Pick up white and coffee colored yarns.
Work in a Fair Isle: 2 stitches white, 2 stitches coffee brown (repeat for entire round)
Repeat first round (2 rounds in this pattern/rounds 26, 27)

Round 3, K2 stitches Coffee brown, 2 stitches of white
Work second row in this new pattern. (2 rounds in this pattern/Rounds 28,29)

At the end of round, M1,(invisibley) with white yarn. (117 stitches)
Cut brown yarn.
Work 1 round, plain white (round 30)

Work pattern (from Chart) there are 9 repeats of tree pattern.

NOTE 1: the number 6 on chart, in lower row, indicates 6 white stitches/ total chart is 13 stitches.
NOTE 2: there are long floats. You can leave them be.
(just keep them loose! )
Or you can twist the yarns together every 3 to 4 stitches to secure them.
The ribbing will “hide’ the inside of the work, and there will be no way for floats to be caught (on fingers or else where) so you can chose how you want to work (I twisted together as I worked.)

At the end of the last round of the charted pattern, K2tog,
(returning stitch count to 116)
(Tree pattern is 18 rounds/total rounds at completion of chart, 48)

Work 1 round, plain white. (round 49)

NOTE: There are a total of 20 rounds (plain round, 18 rounds from chart, plain round) for Tree element.

Drop, but do not cut Moss green yarn.
Pick up coffee brown yarn and work in Fair Isle Pattern:
*K2 with Brown, K2 with white. Repeat from * for round.
Repeat this round (2 rounds total in this pattern) (rounds 50/51)

Change Pattern.
*K2 with White yarn, K2 with Coffee Brown yarn.
Repeat from * for round.
Repeat this round. (2 round total in this pattern/ rounds 52,53)

Cut both white and brown yarns.
Pick up Moss green and work 2 round of green in stocking knit stitch.(rounds 54,55)

Before grafting, weave in all tails of yarns.

Cut a tail at least 2 yards long.
Graft (Kitchener) stitches from last round (needle) to cast on stitches,
undoing provisional cast on as you work.
(the grafted ‘round’ is round 56)

Finish by working 2 rows of backstitch outlining INNER (closer to Tree pattern) brown stitches, on both top and lower edge of head band.
Be sure to backstich loosely!



This tree pattern (chart) is adapted from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge the pattern/chart has been modified.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The headband is very cute!!!

Anonymous said...

Beauty!

I am compiling an assortment of headband patterns for a lady. I'm sure she will like this one!

Many thanks,
janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca

Net said...

If you are just doing one row of the new color, you will have to break the yarn in order to knit back with the main color.




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marlene said...

I love this pattern but haven't tried it yet. I was wondering if the 23 rounds in the beginning is correct. It seems that would make it so much wider than it appears in the photo. Is 23 rounds correct? Thank you!