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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Band

Brand: Twilleys of Stamford
Item: Freedom Echo
Available from: Love knitting
Price: £3.19
This was sent to me a while ago, a prize for being the star letter in an issue of knit now magazine, but I've been stuck on what to do with it. You see, there's only 109 yards (100m) to a ball, which really isn't a lot, so that really cuts down your options. Then there's the colour, it's this beautiful leafy emerald green with sort of a grass green speckle, it's very strong and so quite exclusive. It wants to be a bold statement piece, but my mind has been drawing blanks on it ever since I got it.

The other day we put teal streaks in my hair and while I was getting ready I passed this yarn and suddenly it hit me, this was the perfect colour to wear in my hair now. I wanted it to be a headband! The colour suits my streaks perfectly and instead of being this striking statement piece it just goes with the flow now, the cotton works perfectly too with it being such warm weather lately that I don't think I could wear any other fiber on my head!  But the pattern? I couldn't find anything I liked, so I decided to create one myself, and you'll find that at the bottom of this page, just scroll down.

So, I drew out my design and cast on. Let me just say, Oh wow was it worth the wait! Made from 100% recycled cotton this is such a pleasure to touch! It's so soft and it doesn't pass over my fingers so much as caresses them. That said, it is a very delicate yarn and it does shed a fair bit if you have to undo your work, you know like when you're designing and you get part way through and decide "Actually this would look far better if I did this instead"? Yeah. I got a fair bit of shedding going on while trying to make the tabs look right, but you know what? It recovers nicely too.So do be gentle with it, but don't be afraid of it.

Another thing to note is that this yarn gives a fantastic stitch definition, so even though I've used it for a very simple design here, it would work fantastically on something more complex.



Summer Band Pattern


You will need:
- 4mm knitting needles
- Roughly 40 yards of DK yarn
- 1 button
- A tapestry needle
CO 4
  1. knit
  2. knit
  3. k1, m1, k2, m1, k1
  4. knit
  5. k1, m1, k2, yo (x2*), k2, m1, k1
  6. k3, p3, k3
  7. k3, m1, k3, m1, k3
  8. k3, p5, k3
  9. k4, yo, k7
  10. k3, p6, k3
  11. k3, m1, k2, yo, k7
  12. k3, p8, k3
  13. k3, m1, k4, yo, k7
  14. k3, p10, k3
  15. k3, m1, k6, yo, k7
  16. k3, p12, k3
  17. k3, k2tog, k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k3
  18. k3, p12, k3
  19. k3, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k3
  20. k3, p12, k3
  21. k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3
  22. k3, p12, k3
  23. k3, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k5, ssk, k3
  24. k3, p12, k3
  25. k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k4, ssk, k3
  26. k3, p12, k3
  27. k3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k3, ssk, k3
  28. k3, p12, k3
    Repeat rows 17-28  a total of 8 times
  29. k3, k2tog, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, ssk, ssk, k3
  30. k3, p10, k3
  31. K3, k2tog, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k3
  32. k3, p8, k3
  33. k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, ssk, ssk, k3
  34. k3, p6, k3
  35. k3, k2tog, yo,ssk, ssk, k3
  36. k3, p4, k3
  37. k3, k2tog, ssk, k3
  38. k3, p2, k3
  39. k2, ssk, k2tog, k2
  40. knit
  41. k1, ssk, k2tog, k1
  42. knit
    BO
Use your tapestry needle to attach a button to the tab that you have just bound off, and weave your ends in.

*in this instance a double yarn over is worked by wrapping your yarn twice around your right needle, however, instead of working this as two stitches on the next row you work it as one and drop the second wrap. This creates a larger hole so that you can use a larger button than normal. You can however work only one yo if you are happy with a smaller button hole.

2 comments:

  1. What do you mean "m1" ? Are you saying to make one as in yarn over?

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    1. M1 stands for "make 1" YO stands for Yarn Over. Both are used in this design and while they do both create an additional stitch they do so in a very different way. YO creates a hole while M1 is more subtle, a virtually invisible increase.

      To work it you insert the left needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the two stitches then knit that through the back loop.

      I hope this helps clarify things a bit.

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