I came across this pattern years ago, it having been shared at knit group. I scribbled down the instructions on a notepad and moved on with life, thinking it would always be available. It turns out that the internet has eaten the instructions! I was able to locate it on the Wayback Machine to share with you!
It’s super easy and gives a nice texture with minimal effort. Try it out! In an abundance of caution, in case the Wayback ever fails, I’ve copied Rhonda K. White’s instructions below. The pattern is completely hers, the photos in this post are mine:
Note: “sl 2 wyif” is worked like this: bring your yarn to the front, as if you were going to purl. Now, slip the next two stitches from the left needle to the right needle without working them, and take your yarn BACK to the proper position for knitting the next 2 stitches. This is what forms the horizontal bars all over the cloth, and also what REALLY helps to break up the color blocks you so often get when knitting with a multicolored yarn!
this pattern is a multiple of 4, in case you want to make your cloth bigger or smaller! I’ve added 3 stitches on each side for a border – and they ARE written into the instructions :o)
Cast on 38 stitches Rows 1-4: Knit across Row 5: k3, p32, k3 Row 6: k6, *sl 2 wyif, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts; k4 Row 7: k3, p32, k3 Row 8: k4, *sl 2 wyif, k2; rep from * to last 6 sts; sl 2 wyif, k4 Row 9: k3, p32, k3 Row 10-57: repeat rows 6-9 twelve (12) more times Row 58-60: knit across Bind off, and admire your beautiful creation! :o)
Thank you for your patience as I took a Summer Hiatus. I thought taking the time away would lend me a respite and help stabilize my depression but it hasn’t – so I thought it would probably be healthy to push through and post every now and again anyway. There’s no knitting in this post except the photo below, so feel free to skip on by. I’ll post knitting projects later, I promise.
The Summer weather was pretty brutal on my Neurocardiogenic Syncope and I broke an almost 2 year streak of not passing out all the way. It was awful. We’ve done the best we can to train Minor for a cardiac event by getting him to practice when I’m at the precipice of passing out, and by pretending to have done so – but the real event scared us both. My neighbor and I haven’t been getting along very well, but she was having a bad day so I stood on our shared porch for almost an hour so she could vent about the hard things she was facing and feeling. (At the time, I wanted to foster a better relationship, but I no longer care to based on events that followed after my cardiac event, which I don’t want to go into here.) I kept trying to disengage from conversation and go inside because I was feeling all the warning signs – my blood was pooling in my lower extremities and I was hearing a buzzing in my ears – the pain in my legs was getting worse and suddenly her mouth wasn’t matching what I was processing as sounds. I don’t even know if I said it clearly but I remember trying to say “I have to go inside now, I’m sorry.” and the next thing I knew, I was coming to with Minor on my chest, performing Deep Pressure Therapy.
He was a very good boy and did a good job taking care of me until my Mom came over. We took a week of recovery and then resumed life. I never want to put anyone in danger. The condition of keeping my driver’s license depends on my careful management of my condition and avoiding driving when I have been compromised, so I am very careful about it.
The pandemic has really gotten to me – I’ve been avoiding being around people and my OCD has been very hard to handle. I’m terrified I’ll pass covid on to somebody, unaware I have it. I mask religiously – speaking of religion, I haven’t been to Mass in so long they changed Priests on me! My first Priest has retired (well deserved!) but I haven’t been to Mass or welcomed the new one. He seems younger than me, from the photo they put in One Voice. I really miss 2019 when I was unafraid and able to participate in social activities.
Avoiding people has really screwed Minor over – he is turning 2 on October 1st and still doesn’t have the ability to go inside a grocery store with me. I can hardly handle the concept of a grocery store right now, let alone make sure he is offering me constant “eye” and acting flawlessly. The supply issues on the shelves really freak me out and I get easily overwhelmed inside the store. It feels like the walls wobble – all the sounds and random beeping are as overwhelming as the press of people no longer maintaining social distancing and masking. I have broken down crying inside the store on several occasions.
I have gone to knit group a few times this Summer, but frequently left early for similar reasons. Nobody talks about yarn anymore, or brainstorms projects – it’s all politics and covid. The majority of our small group is vaccinated so they weren’t masking indoors, which made me want to claw my skin off. Minor handles the small group well, and acts as expected of his job title when we’ve been there. I haven’t been in several weeks because the hospitals were over capacity and I was told UAB hospital downtown converted their lowest risk psych ward into a covid unit. Too many friend-of-a-friends are sick.
I have a couple of projects I’ve been working on, a few knitting things – a few recipes. My boyfriend’s house warming party is supposed to be next month – he was waiting on the delivery of his household appliances but it’s been a comedy of errors and a whole bunch of rescheduling from the store he purchased them from, so it keeps being pushed back. I’m hoping the weather will be nice enough and the covid numbers low enough that he can have the gathering he’s been envisioning. When I moved into my apartment I didn’t have a party because it was 2020 – and I’ve never attended a housewarming so I’m tentatively excited about it.
If you made it to the end of this post, I wish I could give you a hug or a cookie or something – I’ve written and re-written it so many times, trying to figure out how to put things into words and perspective. I’m hoping with effort and time, blogging again will become a happy thing. It feels there aren’t enough happy or good things in the world. I think it’s up to us to notice and highlight it when we see it. Let’s start looking for it together.
I just want you few faithful readers and friends to know I’m okay, I am just taking one of my mental health breaks.
My boyfriend is moving, and there’s a lot of other little personal things all needing attention. This time of year is tied in with some past trauma for me, so I just want to hit pause and take a little hiatus to take care of things and restore balance before it becomes an issue.
I had a pair of socks cast on and lingering in the WIP pile for over 12 months. I wasn’t sure if it was the pattern (Pumpkin Pie by Jo Columbine free Ravelry pattern) or the yarn (West Yorkshire Spinner’s in Tumeric). I commenced ripping them back and started with a very plain toe up with a gusset and by the time I used what I unraveled I’d decided it was definitely both.
I hate this yarn so much. It’s slightly thinner than I enjoy, and I kept picking guard hairs out. It has a great, consistent color…so that’s nice.
My friend, C, asked our bestie, A, if she would be willing to help make things to add to gift baskets for people to bid on for charity. She was knitting a lot of vegetables to add in to kitchen baskets and I wanted to join in but my time has been hard pressed. I asked A if a crocheted addition would be okay and she let me play in her acrylic stash.
I forgot how much fun amigurumi and the patterns in Tasty Crochet are! The projects make up adorably and I highly recommend. I hope these little strawberries make their new owner smile, and help raise a little money for the charity. You should totally borrow Tasty Crochet from your local library, or buy a copy! The sandwich pattern is one of my favorites.
We finally had good weather so I could try out my outdoor drying rack! Each shelf was large enough for one whole head of cabbage! The thing I love most about the Eagle Peak 2ft herb drying rack is the zipper and top being solid so no pests or birds can interact with the food within.
Cabbage is one of the only vegetables that my dad can have on his medically necessitated diet. After a few days of sun and wind, I ended up with 2 quarts of dried cabbage, ready to add to soup or fast dinners!
The rack folds down into a handy case and comes with a handy dandy pruning tool, which would help if you were actually drying herbs in it. 😅
Have you dabbled in dehydration? What foods did you try?
This shawl was directly inspired by the Smoothie Shawl (link at the top of my blog). I wanted something with a bit of a cushier texture, so I went with garter stitch. It uses more yardage than stockinette – I ended up using 460 yards of Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes in “cats eye”.
Gauge: 4 inches = 20 stitches wide, 20 garter ridges tall. This makes my shawl 55 inches wide and roughly 16 inches deep before blocking (not including the fringe).
Next time I make this I will be using wool, which is easier to block.
To begin: Cast on 7 stitches, knit one row.
Set up row: K1, kf&b of knit stitch, pm, K5 Increase Section: Row 1: WS) K5, sm, k to end of row Row 2: RS) K to 1 stitch before marker, kf&b, sm, K5 Repeat these two rows until you have 75 stitches on your needles.
Continue to knit 75 stitches for a total of 60 garter ridge rows before commencing decrease section.
Decrease Section: Row 1: WS) K5, sm, k to end of row Row 2: RS) K to 2 stitches before marker, ssk, sm, K5 Repeat last two rows to the last 7 stitches. Work row 1 once more, bind off stitches before the marker. Remove marker and drop last 5 stitches, one row at a time, working an overhand knot in looped fringe as close to the edge of work as possible. I like to do two knots one on top of the other for a more secure/bolder knot. Repeat for each row until all rows have been worked.
I hope if you decide to give it a go you’ll drop a note or share photos on your own social media. I love seeing patterns in every shade and texture!
I’ve been trying these size 8 circulars on a new shawl (not pictured). The packaging is simple, and the price is great! Only $4.99 at the local Hobby Lobby (these were a gift from a friend for review).
They were manufactured in India. I don’t usually notice many notions being crafted there, so I struck me as noteworthy.
The sizing is stamped on and during my current project the size started wearing off, which might be an issue if you’re just starting out and don’t own a needle gauge. The tips are rather blunt, but they’ve held up well through roughly 400 yards of use so far.
The cord feels like the ones on Knit Picks needles (competitor brand), pliable but firm.