Posted by: GourmetGirl | April 22, 2014

The Warmth of the Sun!

100_4227We in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing that wonderful time of the year when the sun warms our face and we look forward to being outside.

Flowers are being planted. Long slow walks are being enjoyed.

Now is the time for mindless summer knitting projects.

Mindless knitting is different for everyone. One that I would encourage is knitting-in-the-round. You can choose a fabulous yarn, knit a swatch or two then cast on and just knit, knit, knit!

Of course you can add purl rows or mix it up with different pattern stitches. It can be as simple or as complex as you want.

Remember my last post – so I would encourage you to work with light weight yarn.

100_5014If you are in for a more complex piece in the round – try Peyton’s Scarf. A close up of the pattern stitch is shown to the right.

If not, here’s one to try: Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches and work two rows *k2, p2,*. Then two rows of *p2, k2,*. Repeat the four rows. This allows texture for even the lightest weight yarn.

If you want a scarf, knit 16 inches in the round to end up with an 8 inch wide scarf the length you want. Or it could be a short cowl.

A wrap around scarf: try 36 to 40 inches in the round. Or measure a ready made piece to knit what you want.

Just take the stitches per inch from your swatch times the desired  width. One example:  knit 4 stitches to the inch for the 16 inch circular scarf. 4 x 16 = 64 stitches to cast on.

If you want to work a pattern repeat, for example that has 5 stitches in the repeat:   64 divided by 5 = 12.8 repeats. Round up or down 12 x 5 = 60 stitches or 13 x 5 = 65 stitches to cast on.

Yes, it requires Math. But once you learn the formulas you will be off creating your own patterns!

And the best part? You can knit the piece as long as you want. It also can be a great stash knitting project. Take similar weight yarn and  mix them up any way you want.

Summer Fun is Endless!

Happy Knitting,

Nancy

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