Monday, July 30, 2012

How Big is 10 Centimeters Anyways?

I just started working on a sweater pattern called Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier that I found on Ravelry. It is a loose fitting short sleeved tunic with feather and fan lace at the neck line. I am using Amy Butler's organic cotton and wool blend, which is simply delightful to knit with. I am into my 3rd ball and no knots! This is a great pattern for first time sweater makers as it doesn't really have anything difficult going on with it. It was perfect for my car ride to the Detroit area this past weekend.

The only struggle that I am having has to do with the measurements. Heidi uses centimeters. I don't think in centimeters, I think in inches. You know what I mean, when someone says 4 inches, I can hold up my thumb and first finger and gesture 4 inches. So, I got past the lace portion of the sweater, got the sleeves off on stitch holders and then read the line "work to 10 cm." I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how long 10 cm might be. It seems silly that I would not know this. But I don't. I really don't.

Thankfully I am saved by my tape measure yet again. Some wonderfully intelligent person has printed both centimeters and inches on my tape measure. And now I know that 10 cm is 4 inches.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cast The Net Wrap

Wrap yourself in the coziness that is kidsilk haze, a gorgeous blend of mohair and silk.

The wrap was inspired by the visual I had of a fisherman standing in his boat preparing to cast his net into the sea. It is a loosely knit stockinette stitch which creates the mesh look.

Size: 20" x 66"

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze 581 Meadow 3 balls

Supplies: #10 US/6mm circular needle, #6 US/4mm circular needle

Gauge: Is not critical

Glossary:

K - knit

K2 tog - knit two stitches together (decrease)

M1 - make one stitch (increase) lift strand between stitches with left needle and knit it

P - purl

Sl 1 - slip one stitch as if to purl

St St - Stockinette Stitch - knit one row, purl next row, repeat

YO 2x - wrap yarn around needle two times



Pattern:

Cast on 160 stitches with larger needle

Note: On the first stitch of every row, slip first stitch as if to purl

Work st st for 5 rows (end on knit)

Work one row of purl with smaller needle

Sl 1 K2 tog across, K1

Purl

With larger needle work 6 rows st st

Drop Stitch Section:

*Sl 1 , YO 2x, K1 across

Sl 1, drop 2 wraps, P1 across

Work 12 rows st st*

Repeat drop stitch section (from * to *) 5 times

Work st st until piece measures 50"

Repeat drop stitch section (from * to *) 4 times

Sl 1, YO 2x, K1 across

Sl 1, drop 2 wraps, P1 across

Work st st for 5 rows

Work one row purl with smaller needle

Sl 1, M1, K1 across

With larger needle work st st for 5 rows

Bind off loosely