Monday, April 27, 2009

Humble Apologies

I'm so sorry for not being around since January. For a while I just didn't feel like knitting, so what was the point in posting? Then I was in the hospital (I'm ok now, no worries), and then I finally decided to pick up my needles again. So I began to knit. And knit, and knit, and knit. I made hats and headbands and dishcloths and spa sets and a shawl.

To make my absence up to you, I have designed not one, but two patterns for you to enjoy. The first is the Diamond Lace Headband.

Size 7 straight needles

Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Malabrigo Worsted)

Tapestry needle

B3 = K3 sts for border

CO 6

K 20 rows in garter stitch

Increase rows:

1. K3, M1, K3

Row 2 and ever even row during increase section, P

3. K1, M1, K5, M1, K1

Continue to increas after the first stitch and before the last stitch of every odd row until you have 17 sts.

Begin pattern:

1. B3, p2, k2tog,[ki, yo]twice, k1, sl1, psso, p2, B3

2 and every even row:B3, k2, p7, k2, B3

3. B3, P2, k2og, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, p2, B3

5. B3, p2, k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, B3

7. B3, p2, k2, yo sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2, p2, B3

8. As row 2

Repeat these rows six MORE times for a total of seven repeats.

Decrease rows:

1. K1, k2tog, k11, k2tog, k1


3. K1, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k1


Continue decreasing in this manner until you have 7 sts

Next row: K2, k2tog, k3

Knit 20 rows of garter stitch.

BO, sew ends of headband together, weave in loose ends.

Next we have the Little Shells Dishcloth:

Size 7 needles
worsted weight cotton
tapestry needle for weaving in ends

B3= K3 for border

CO 43
K 3 rows
1. K across
2. B3, p 37, B3
3. B3, K2 *yo, p1, p3tog, p1, yo, k2* 5 times B3
4. B3, p 37, B3
Repeat rows 1-4 10 more times for a totall of 11 repeats.
K 3 rows
Weave in ends