Rainy Day Scarf

Melenascarf

It's another rainy day.

I knit this scarf way back in January & February. I love the yarn; it's a wool/silk blend from The Purled Llama . The yarn is called "Melena" and the color is called "Beth" (yes, it's named after me!)

I had the scarf on display at the NETA knit and spin weekend in February, and several people asked for the pattern to knit it. I assured them I'd write down the pattern, but I never did get around to it. But this morning the rain reminded me of the scarf's wavy pattern stitch, so I finally wrote down the pattern. And here 'tis:


Rainy Day Scarf

1 skein “Melena” or a couple hundred yards of any wool/silk heavy worsted weight yarn*(see note below)
size 5.5 mm (US size 9) needles
tapestry needle

Finished measurements: 55 inches long, 4 inches wide (unblocked).


Cast on 28 sts.

Work in Wavy Pattern
Rows 1 - 4: (K 2, P 2) 7 times.
Row 5 & 7: P 1, (K 2, P 2) 6 times, K 2, P 1.
Row 6 & 8: K1, P 2, (K 2, P 2) 6 time, K 1
Rows 9 - 12: (P 2, K 2) 7 times
Row 13 & 15: K 1, (P 2, K 2) 6 times, P 2, K 1.
Row 14 & 16: P 1, K 2, (P 2, K 2) 6 times, P 1.
Rows 17 - 20: (K 2, P 2) 7 times
Rows 21 & 23: K 1, (P 2, K 2) 6 times, P 2, K 1.
Rows 22 & 24: P 1, K 2, (P 2, K 2) 6 times, P 1.
Rows 25 -28: (P 2, K 2) 7 times
Rows 29 & 31: P 1, (K 2, P 2) 6 times, K 2, P 1.
Rows 30 & 32: K1, P 2, (K 2, P 2), K 1


Repeat these 32 rows until you rund out of yarn; bind off; weave in ends.

*note: The Wavy Pattern could be adapted to suit any gauge yarn; it is a multiple of 4 sts/32rows. Just increase or decrease the number of times the K 2, P 2 (or P 2, K 2) is repeated in the middle. Actually, I guess you could even use it to make a baby blanket or an afghan. Or a pillow. Hmmm.....

I hope the sun comes out soon! The silk in this Melena yarn really looks lovely in sunlight.

(thinking: I bet this scarf would also be gorgeous in Alchemy Yarn's "Synchronicity" or "Bamboo").


Gansey Gloves Pattern

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I came up with this pattern for the 2004 Isaac Evans knitting cruise. They are a simple but attractive pair of gloves with a cabled cuff, moss stitch hand and stockinette stitch fingers and thumb. Come into Unique One sometime and have a look at the sample! The gloves are easy and quick to knit with DK or light worsted weight yarn:

Yarn: Wings, by Classic Elite, 2 skeins. Needles: size 2 double pointed.
Twisted rib stitch:
Rnd 1: *k2, p1* around
Rnd 2: *RT, p1* around [RT = knit into the second st on the left needle, then knit into the first st on the left needle; transfer both sts to the right needle]
Rnd 3: repeat rnd 1
Rnd 4 *LT, p1* around {LT = knit into the back of the second st on the left needle, then knit into the first st on the left needle; transfer both sts to the right needle]
Moss stitch:
Rnds 1 & 2: *k1, p1* around
Rnds 3 & 4: *p1, k1* around
Directions: Cast on 48 sts (long-tail cast on). Join, being careful not to twist sts. Work twisted rib pattern for 16 rounds. Work garter stitch (knit a round, purl a round) for 4 rounds, making 2 ridges.
Knit 1 round.
Make thumb gusset: The thumb gusset is worked in stockinette stitch (knit every stitch), while the remainder of the glove’s circumference is done in Moss stitch. You will now begin increasing for a thumb gusset as follows:
Rnd 1: M1, k1, M1, place marker, work remainder of round in moss stitch.
Rnds 2 & 3: knit to marker (no increases); work remainder of round in moss stitch.
Rnd 4: M1, k3, M1, work remainder of round in moss stitch.
Rnds 5 & 6: same as rnds 2 & 3.
Continue to increase 2 sts on each side of the thumb gusset every 3rd round until there are 17 sts in the thumb gusset. Work as established, keeping thumb gusset in stockinette stitch and the rest of the glove in moss stitch, until the thumb gusset measures 3”.
Next round: thread the 17 thumb gusset sts onto a piece of yarn to be worked later. Cast on 1 st to cover the gap, rejoin and work to end of round in moss stitch pattern. (Total sts remaining = 48 sts).
Hand: Work even in moss stitch pattern until piece measures 4 ¼ inches above the base of the thumb gusset, or to the base of the little finger.
Next rnd: Work in pattern across 19 sts; place next 11 sts on a piece of yarn to be worked later (for the little finger); cast on 1 st over the gap; work in pattern to end of round (38 sts.)
Work even in pattern for another ¼ inch. Work fingers as follows:
Index finger: In stockinette stitch, knit across 7 sts; cast on 2 sts to bridge the gap; place the last 7 sts of the round on a separate needle and knit them(16 index finger sts). Place the rest of the hand stitches on a piece of yarn to hold them, or use an extra needle or stitch holder. Arrange these 16 sts sts on 3 dpn and knit around until index finger measures 2 ¾ inches. Decrease for top: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. Break yarn. Using tapestry or yarn needle, thread the yarn through the remaining sts. Pull firmly, closing the tube, and weave yarn in on inside of finger tip.
Middle finger: Reattach yarn at
base of index finger; slip next 6 sts on a needle and knit across them; cast on 2 sts to bridge the gap; slip the corresponding 6 sts on the other side of the hand on a needle and knit across them; pick up 2 sts at base of index finger (16 middle finger sts). Arrange sts on 3 dpn and knit around until index finger measures 3 inches. Decrease for top as for Index finger.
Ring finger: Reattach yarn at base of middle finger; knit across 12 remaining sts from the hand; pick up 2 sts at base of middle finger (14 ring finger sts). Arrange sts on 3 dpn and knit around until index finger measures 2 ¾ inches. Decrease for top as for Index finger.
Little finger: Put the 11 sts for the little finger on 3 dpns and reattach yarn at base of ring finger; knit around the 11 sts; pick up 1 st to bridge the gap (12 little finger sts). Knit around until little finger measures 2 ¼ inches. Decrease for top as for Index finger.
Thumb: Reattach yarn at base of thumb; knit across 17 sts placed on a holder earlier; pick up 1 st at base of thumb (18 thumb sts). Arrange sts on 3 dpn and knit around until thumb measures 2 inches. Decrease for top as for Index finger.
Make second glove the same as the first.
Finishing: Weave in loose ends, using these ends to close up holes around bases of thumb and fingers. Block, if desired.