This is a second learn-along to teach my friend Steve to knit. His daughter has started school, and he’s finding it stressful enough that he wants to take up smoking again. We decided that knitting is a far less dangerous addiction, so I gave him some stash. If part of the directions make no sense to you, it’s because they’re aimed at him.
He has made the “4S bookmark”, as he calls my last pattern, and I will try not to wait too impatiently to see it. Based on an idea I was presented with earlier, here’s a homage to his favourite Doctor.
You will Need
– Oddments of all one fibre yarn, no thicker than dk classification. That’s the acrylic in the small bag, luv.
– Knitting needles, any type, of the right size for your yarn. I’m using 4mm double-points again, as I have a weakness for DPNs.
– Something that cuts yarn. I’m using embroidery scissors, he has yarn snips. I also have a nifty Clover yarn-cutter pendant on a 30″ chain.
– A wool/tapestry needle. Those are in the lil book.
– A book, to measure against. I’m using Canto for a Gypsy by Martin Cruz Smith, as that’s what I’m reading right now. It’s a small book, so I’ll finish quickly 😛
Psst, you learned to do those when you made the last bookmark.
Cast on 7 stitches, using your first colour. To make this book scarf you will need to learn to purl. This also teaches a cute stitch pattern called beaded rib stitch, which I’ll sum up after a few purls of wisdom.
Remember that stitch you did last time? That’s called the “knit” stitch! To purl instead, insert your empty needle from the right, with the yarn held in front instead of behind. Wrap the yarn around the tip, as before.
You’ve probably noticed that the first row of knit stitches comes out as little Vs, which is how that stitch naturally looks when patterned a bit. If your new stitch looks like a – instead, you just purled!! Don’t stop now, do another of those.
Mix it up a lil now: knit a stitch, purl 1, knit another, purl 2. That was your first lesson in “knitterese”, which I bet ya excel at.
That’s the first row done, now to turn and do the second. Knit 2, purl 3, knit 2. Still with me? Goood!! These 2 rows form the pattern known as beaded rib stitch, which I rather love. I’ll lay it out for you a lil better
Row 1 (right side): purl 2, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 2.
Row 2 (wrong side): knit 2, purl 3, knit 2.
Keep colour changes to the end of row 1. If you’re thinking that this is incredibly difficult and you’ll never master it, let me just point out that I’m doing it on an incredibly bad day (panhypopituiarism; I’m having trouble thinking, seeing, and gripping).
Motivational photos of my work in progress:
Taken just before I, literally, dropped my needles for the last time today. Sleep well, all, more in the morning.
By the way, I don’t like acrylic yarn. It’s on my list of “reactive” substances, as something in the generally loose spinning makes the fibre detach and bring me out in a sweat. It was a little while before I realised this, though, so I largely have acrylic in my stash.
I am not against the stuff, it’s readily accessible and cost-effective. I just can’t handle it for all that long, so will eventually need to pursue finding non-acrylic dk mini-skeins for making these.
If using my quick-and-dirty colour change method, you can either leave the colours tied together or hanging apart at this point. I just thought of a potential use, but don’t wanna “spoiler” you just in case I don’t pull it off.
When you get bored, check for fit. Once your book scarf easily ties around the book vertically, cast off. To cast off in pattern, repeat the first row. If that’s a wee bit advanced for you, the Doctor won’t mind you using all knit.
Did you know that the original scarf came into being when a woman was just given yarn and told to knit a scarf for it. She used all the yarn, and so a classic was born. Once the ends are woven in, retie any dangling tails of yarn and snip shortish.
They’re looking for the next Doctor. Know anyone suitable? I believe the requirements are:
Australian natural blonde, great smile, likes to hang around in cemeteries, plays the bass.
Sorry that Seta’s got the snuffles, hope she’s better in time for school. Wouldn’t it be a shame if she missed that? *snicker*
Last step: make a kajillion bookmarks. Just me again? Darn!! My surplus-to-requirements handmade bookmarks can now be found at all the best book exchanges, by the way (Waterfront Cafe @ Sheppey HLC)