Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
You really have to read this story to believe it. A lady fell and her knitting needle broke in her chest. At the hospital the needle was removed. Upon further review of the Xray they discovered breast cancer . This aired last Friday on ABC’s 20/20 and it is a freaky random thing, but we all know that early detection is key to fighting this disease.
Sunday, July 12th, 2009
One of the new yarns from Plymouth for Fall 2009 is called Poppin’. This is a nylon puff yarn- with small Pom-pons along a core strand. As soon as I saw it I knew we had to have it. But it took awhile to figure out how to work with it. It ended up being easier to work with than I thought it would be, and will give you a great scarf in a minimum of time.
Linda from Knitter’s Dream in Harrisburg, PA made some changes to one of the patterns I did for this yarn and those changes produced a great striped scarf. She has agreed to share her pattern here with us. Many thanks to Linda for a fun and easy scarf pattern using Poppin!
- Poppin Scarf
POPPIN REVERSE COLORED SCARF
Finished Size: 4.25” x 90” (2 Pieces 4.25” by 45” graphed together)
Materials: 2 skeins of Poppin (1 ea in 2 different colors – Color A #20 – Black & Color B – #01 White)
Gauge: 2 Garter Stitches and 1 Poppin ball = 1.25”
Needles: Size 9 – 24” circular (or size necessary to obtain gauge)
NOTES: Use the string inbetween each poppin “puff” ball to knit 2 stitches.
There will be 2 garter stitches inbetween each Poppin “puff” ball.
Only knit with the String! (2 stitches per string) EXCEPT when binding off - THEN knit 1 stitch per string. (This keeps the bind-off loose to preclude curling.)
Because you are using 2 different colors – do not cut yarn – carry yarn along to preclude having to cut and tie – this makes a smoother edge!
1. With Size 9 and Color A, using long-tail cast-on, cast on 84 stitches (remember to cast on 2 stitches per string). (It may be a bit tight – but it works nicely!)
2. Knit 3 more rows using Color A. (Counting the cast-on row – this gives you 4 rows with Color A)
3. Tie on Color B (White) (DO NOT CUT COLOR A) and Knit 2 rows. Cross Color A over color B before proceeding. (This interlocks the 2 colors to preclude a gapping string from Color A)
4. Knit 2 more rows with Color B.
5. Change to Color A and knit 4 more rows (Remembering to cross previous color over the current color – especially after knitting 2 rows).
6. Change to Color B and knit 4 more rows.
7. Change to Color A , knit 3 rows.
8. Bind off lossely by using only 1 knit stitch per string.
MAKE A SECOND identical to above reversing the 2 colors. Start with Color B (instead of A)
Graph or sew the 2 pieces together – Enjoy! This is extremely soft and warm!!
Many thanks to:
Linda Stakem Smith – Knitters Dream, LLC from the Plymouth Yarn Company