Sunday, 1 February 2009

Ash Grape

There is something very fulfilling about being able to pass on your knowledge and this last week has proven to be one full of crafting and coaching.

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:

We used:
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
Darning needle

  • 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
To Finish:
Fold in half lengthwise and sew from cuffs towards middle for 18cms
Weave in all ends

(perform a fashion show)

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