2010-04 Gelato Scarf

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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.  Valentine’s day is meant to celebrate the love.  If you didn’t receive flowers or chocolates or perfume this year, you are not alone.  When my husband and I first met, I discovered that his former girlfriend had not given him a card because it was a girl’s holiday and this upset him.  For our first Valentine’s Day together I gave him about 20 cards.  They were all less than $1, but the sentiment was there.  That day was a disaster.  I can’t think of a good V-day before or after meeting my sweet heart.  It seems we are always broke and unable to celebrate the materialistic side of the holiday.  I know it is a hallmark holiday.

Anyway, I hope I’m not bumming too many people out.  I’m in a bit of a funk lately and need to snap out of it.  I should have knit my honey a heart, but wasn’t really into it.  I am working on something now that I think will turn out fantastic with a new pattern to post, but I’d rather not jinx it too early.

I did also start posting to the stitch library.  Please visit my page https://knitwerks.com/ and click on stitch library at the top to see more.  So far I have stockinette, garter, seed, double seed, rib and double rib.  I can’t wait to add more.  I need a better way to take pictures so they show better. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all today.  Show someone you love them anyway you can.

Easy Ribbed Kindle Case

Last year, my mother used her Amazon credits to buy the original Kindle.  I went to visit her in June and she gave it to me.  She had trouble figuring it out and decided she’d rather read her traditional books.  Lucky me, I get to play with it now.  I’ve pretty much fallen in love with it, and take care not to damage it.  I’ve been using the black leather case, but I’d rather have something less bulky.

I decided to knit a case!  Surprise!  I pulled out some colorful old yarn, Caron Simply Soft Embroidery Print.  This yarn is slightly thicker than the regular Caron Simply Soft Yarn.  I love the bright colors and have made some eye catching cat toys out of it.

The pattern below is for the original Kindle.  The Kindle dx is slightly smaller and the nine inch version is larger.  Please adjust per size of device.

Gauge 7 stitches = 1 inch /5 rows = 1 inch on size seven needles.

Hold aside about 3 feet of yarn for button hole.  Button used is slightly over 1 inch in diameter. 

Cast on 24 stitches (or in multiples of 4)

Row 1: K2P2, continue to end.

Row 2: K2P2, continue to end

Do this for 20 inches.

Creating the Button Hole:

K2P2 for 12 stitches (1/2 the width of case).  Continue rib for 12 stitches with 3 feet of yarn placed aside earlier.  Turn work and rib for 12 stitches with short yarn.  Continue with row using the orginal yarn. Do this until hole is about 1 inch in size.  The hole should not be larger than the button used.  Once the hole is the appropriate size, continue rib pattern for full row using original length of yarn. 

Continue rib pattern for an additional 2 inches.  Bind off.

Fold 8 inches of the material in on itself and sew the seams together.  You should have approximately 6 inches to ‘fold over’ the case with the button hole in place.  Flip the case inside out so that the seam binding is on the inside.  Sew the button onto the front panel about 3 1/2 inches from the top.  Check your button hole location before adding button. 

Insert Kindle and have fun!!!

Finished the Beaded Wedding Scarf

The picture does not do it justice!
The picture does not do it justice!

I finally finished it. It did not take as long as I thought it would, but of course I was overly eager to get it done. The pattern is fairly simple. I used 4 skeins of Lana Grossa Secondo in white (200 grams). I also used 4 containers (about 100) clear beads from Jo-Ann Fabric. They are 2/0 Czech Glass E-Beads from Beader’s Paradise.
This is my first pattern, so please bare with me.

String approximately 50 beads on. Cast on 78 stitches with size 6 needles.  Gauge is approximately 6 stitches, 4 rows per inch but it is a stretchy yarn and pattern, so gauge is not necessary.
Row 1 – Purl 1, add one bead, Knit 4, Purl 1, add one bead, Repeat- continue to last stitch, add one Bead, Purl 1
Row 2 – Knit 1, Purl 4, Knit 1, Repeat till end.
Row 3 – Purl1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Repeat till end
Row 4- Repeat row 2
Continue this until you run out of beads, then continue without beads. When you get to the fourth skein, string the remaining beads (approximately 50). Repeat the four rows until you run out beads. Scarf should be about 20 inches wide when stretched out and 60 inches long.