Saturday, June 21, 2008

Simple Summer Kerchief

Earlier this month my younger brother, my husband and I carpooled together to attend the wedding of a family friend in our hometown. My brother offered to drive both ways, so I had plenty of time to knit. With my hair the shortest it's been in over a year and a half (I cut off 14 inches in May) I decided to knit a simple kerchief to help hold my hair back while working around the apartment.

The basic design of this kerchief follows the pattern for diagonal dishcloths.

And now on to the pattern!

Simple Summer Kerchief

Size 6 knitting needles (I used both a 16" circular and 2 DPN's
Approximately .75 ounces of cotton yarn (With one ball of most dishcloth cotton you can make 2 kerchiefs)
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: K1, Kfb, K1 (4 stitches)
Row 2: K2, Kfb, K1 (5 stitches)
Row 3: K2, YO, k to the end of the row
Repeat row 3 until there are 80 stitches on the needle, or as wide as you would like for the kerchief to be

Break yarn, leaving live stitches on needle

CO 3 stitches on separate needles and work an I-cord for approximately 9-12 inches, depending on how long you would like the ties to be.

I-Cord bind off:
*K2, knit last stitch of I-cord and 1 stitch of live stitches together. Slide stitches to right side of needle
Repeat from * until all 80 stitches are bound off.

Continue working I-cord until it measures the same as the first tie.
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

ADD to the Rescue!

I've slowly been making progress on the Fox-squirrel. The tail is done and I've started on the ears. Eventually I'll make this in both knitting and crochet, but I'm working on the knitted version first.

My other problem is that I keep coming up with ideas, and while I will write them down, I often don't do anything with the idea. I want to do so many things, but I end up not doing them (both in the craft world and in real life) because I usually convince myself that I won't do a good enough job.

But, hopefully things are changing for the better. I have a new job potentially lined up (I find out for certain on Monday), and while I only have 3 days of work next week I will be okay because that means more time to craft and to actually get things done.