Belladonna Took, the mother of the famous hobbit Bilbo Baggins, tried ever-so-hard to be the straight-laced, respectable hobbit that she was expected to be, but her straight paths kept getting a little twisted by her sense of adventure. Just like the Belladonna Took who inspired it, this sock is a straight-laced ribbing with just enough cable twists to keep life interesting.
Belladonna Took is a worked toe-up cabled and features a wide cable that looks great in solids but can hold its own with striping yarns. Cable spacing is far enough apart keep it interesting while still being simple enough for a relaxing knit for travel or TV watching. Great for guys or gals.
Sock is worked from the toe up with a reversed gusset heel that doesn’t require short row wrapping or picking up stitches. Suitable for the advanced beginner to intermediate knitter. Techniques include Judy’s Magic Cast-on or similar provisional cast on, wide cables, short rows without wraps, binding off in ribbing.
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The Running Away Shawl
Rincewind, student of Unseen University in Ankh Morpork, is a Wizard of the highest order (if you count incompetence). His only real talent is escaping Death. When you are on the run from enemies, a shawl is a handy thing to have around. You can use it for warmth, shade, shelter, as a pillow, and as a place to hide if necessary. This one even has handy peep holes in the edging. The quick-to-knit pattern is great for knitting on the run.
Linen stitch is a quick and simple stitch that doesn’t curl like stockinette stitch. It produces a relatively thin but durable fabric that has a woven appearance that looks good on both sides. Today, I would like to share a simple washcloth pattern with you. The pattern is easy enough for the beginning knitter who is ready to try something besides garter stitch and a relaxing knit for more experienced knitters. It is fun to work in two colors.
As the weather heats up, my thoughts go to foods I can prepare that don’t heat up the kitchen excessively. This is recipe that I modified from Weight Watchers is perfect for light summer meals. It has quickly become a family favorite and a great way to get those extra veggies into your diet. The beauty of the recipe is that is easy to modify it to use those fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. I cook my own chickpeas but you can use canned ones on those nights when you are in a hurry.
I love the seaside in early morning. The gentle lapping of waves, the soft, vibrant colors of sunrise, the squish of sand under my toes, and the intriguing shapes of shells washed up on the beach. This towel and wash cloth set was inspired by memories of quiet mornings by the sea. Knit in durable, soft cotton, the set will be equally suitable for the bath or kitchen.
Last week I shared some basic top down triangular shawl patterns that are quick-to-knit, easy to adapt to the yarn in your stash, and great for charity or gift knitting. Today, I will share two more.
For years I have been making comfort shawls. It is one of my favorite ways to tell people that I care. I have tried lots of patterns but I keep coming back to the basic triangle. It is quick and easy to knit, is easy to adjust to the yarn you have on hand, and works with those yarns that don’t play nicely with other patterns.
Summer is fast approaching here on Vulcan so my mind and fingers naturally gravitate toward lighter knits. Shawls are one of my favorite summer knits. With that in mind, I am hosting a summer shawl knit-along on my Ravelry group. There will be prizes, fun, and help with patterns. If you hurry, there is even a coupon code for a 20% discount on your pattern purchase. There will also be a completion prize for everyone who finishes their shawl before the end of the KAL. So, grab a sunhat, a soda, and your knitting, and join us as we knit the summer away.
My friend Daisy’s wedding inspired a search for floral lace motifs. This shawl is a byproduct of that search. It features a large, open daisy pattern at the top, giving you light but substantial coverage, and an ornate leaf edging that flutters when you walk. This versatile shawl can also be worn as a kerchief or scarf. It can easily go from casual to formal or anything in between. It is worked from a single large skein of sock yarn (~450 yd/411 m) so it is a great way to use that skein of luxury yarn that has been in your stash begging to be cast on.
A Tutorial on Applied I-cord Bind off
My moebius cowl patterns Infinity Squared and Time Loop both feature the Applied I-Cord Bind Off. Since the moebius has only one edge, this bind off makes a particularly nice finish for the cowls. For a little extra flair, you can work the bind off in a contrast color. Here is how to work the applied i-cord bind off (shown using contrast yarn). I will be adding a video of the technique shortly but here is the pictorial Step-by-step.