This scarf has been sitting around since last spring. I like the pattern but I'm not inspired by it. And I think that's why I stopped. I obviously didn't miss the project enough to complete it. And it wasn't actually buried in the basket. I know that's death to a project. No, it was sitting right where I could see it. It begged and pleaded but no use. Into the frog pond it will go. I'm sure there will be another use for this yarn.
I thought this was another scarf but it turns out to be the beginning of a shawl. Or shawlette. It's one of those very adaptable patterns to the amount of yarn you have. Or to when you get sick of knitting the increasing number of stitches. Sorry, little shawl, but you are also going to the frog pond. I can't remember what I saw in you. Adios! Now I just have to finish my Twinset & Pearls cardi before midnight on Monday. That I can do. The Purple Rain socks are finished.
Knitters who lunch are very different. Yesterday, my friend Helen and I met for lunch with a bit of an agenda. We chose a nice comfy location - an upscale pub with lots of light and good chairs - where the food was good. She had brought me a challenge. A thrift store sweater with an intriguing rib design. I'd tried to get it from a photo (above) but had no success. Eventually, she will frog it and repurpose the lovely green yarn.
I think it was kind of wading around in my brain because it came very easily once I had the sweater in my hands. It's a kind of travelling rib which is obviously cabled somehow. But the back always looks like a plain 2x2 rib. That's the part I couldn't quite make happen.
This is the wrong side of the ribbing which is done in the round. It could be done flat as I was trying to do at first but it means cabling on the reverse which is not as easy. This morning I sat down and worked it on a circular so I could write it up. It fairly flew through my fingers. The cable is a simple two-stitch twist which is easily accomplished without a cable needle. As I knit, I kept visioning a ribby toque in bulky yarn made just a little fancier. It could even be reversible! That's for the new year, though.
The pattern is quite simple and easily memorized. Once you see how the stitches and cables relate to each other: in each K2 pair the first leg remains straight while the second moves to the left across the P2. Here's the pattern if anyone wants to try it out:
C1L = slip next K stitch onto cable needle and bring forward; purl next stitch, K held stitch
Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches .
Rounds 1 and 2: K2, P2 around.
Round 3: ( K1, C1L, P1) Repeat around
Round 4: (K1, P1, C1L) Repeat around
Round 5: K1, (P2, K2) to last stitch, K1
Round 6: (C1L, K1, P1) to end
Round 7: (P1, C1L, K1) to end
Round 8: P2, K2 to last stitch before marker
Round 9: Slip stitch before marker to right needle, remover marker; return stitch to left needle and C1L with next two stitches, replacing marker between cabled stitches. (P1, K1, C1L) to end
Round 10: same as Round 6
Round 11: P1, (K2, P2) to last stitch, P1
Continue ribbing in this way until desired length is achieved.
Let me know if you see any errors. I've only worked through it twice.