Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How to Pack Yarn in Small Spaces

I know what you're thinking..."TWO BLOG POSTS IN ONE DAY?!?!"  Understand, if you were to subscribe to a Yahoo Group called Fraudvixen's Volumes, you would see that I was blogging way before bloggin was even cool.  But even then, I didn't put that much word to screen.
First, here is the latest article for the examiner.com...tell me how much fun THIS looks like!  Seriously, organic produce and knitters sort of belong in the same place anyway:


Then, I finished the prayer shawl.  I still have to finish the second headband...finished the fat one, need to finish the skinny one...but as soon as I do, I'll write up the pattern.  For the prayer shawl, here is the easy version of the pattern:

Gauge:  not important
Yarn used:  Joann Sensations rainbow boucle but any yarn will do
Needles used:  24" size 11 (US) circular needle

Cast on 60 stitches (or any even number)
Rows 1-4:  Knit all stitches.
Row 5:  K1, *(yo, k2tog) to last st, K1.
Row 6:  Purl all stitches.
Row 7:  Knit all stitches.
Row 8:  Purl all stitches.
Row 9:  K1, *(ssk, yo) to last st, K1.
Row 10:  Purl all stitches.
Row 11:  Knit all stitches.
Row 12:  Purl all stitches.
Repeat Rows 5-12 until piece measures 66 inches.  Repeat Rows 1-4 and then bind off.

Cut 60 22-inch pieces of yarn, tie a knot on each end (to prevent the boucle from fraying), and fold in half.  Use a crochet hook to draw the middle loop through either the cast-on or bind-off stitch, and draw the two ends through the loop.  Pull to tighten.  Use 30 strands per end of the shawl.

POOF!  Instant prayer shawl.  Here is what the finished product looks like:

And here is what the stitch pattern looks like on more "normal" yarn:

Enjoy, and be on the lookout for the headband pattern, and the store sample if I can knit like a mad freak over the next six days!

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