My niece Ashleigh and I decided that a shrug was required to complete her princess outfit that we'd designed the week before and so to needles we went. Ashleigh has used a knitting doll before but not two needles, after completing the cuff for the shrug and a couple of rows We sat down together and the knowledge transfer began!
Our mantra for the week:
under and up, round, down - through and off
Ashleigh was a quick learner and with only minor setbacks, three afternoons later the shrug was complete and ready for a fashion show.
Of course, we needed to present it properly for taking home and so we added a stamp to a brown bag and ta dah just waited for Dad to come and pick her up to show it to.
The pattern is as follows:
4 x 50g balls of Rowan Cashsoft Chunky (not the best yarn for children due to its natural fibre content and the need to wash separately - but lovely to touch and work with as moves over the needles well)
One pair, 4mm needles
One pair 10mm needles
- Using 4mm needles cast on 34 stitches (we used the thumb method for nice clean edge)
- (K1, P1) single rib to end
- repeat this row 9 more times
- Change to 10mm needles
- Knit until work measures 90cm
- Change to 4mm needles
- (K1, P1) single rib for 10 rows
- Cast off in rib pattern loosely
Fold in half lengthwise and sew from cuffs towards middle for 18cms
Weave in all ends
(perform a fashion show)