Tuesday, 13 October 2009

river ripples

This is my train knitting, so it's taken me a while. It's easy, repetitive knitting which requires very little thought. I usually do it only in the train. It's made from an 8 ply Heirloom merino and I'm onto the second ball. Probably it will be part of a birthday present for one on my DILs early next year.

I've called it River Ripples. I was knitting it in the train on my way to see son and DIL and family on the Central Coast at Woy Woy. As we crossed the Hawkesbury River bridge, I was watching the water underneath. The river was very still and looked like a mirror. A wind gust blew diagonally across the river, and the resulting ripples looked very like this pattern. The scarf is not finished so is not yet blocked, but the lace will obviously open up quite a bit.

I realise there is very little original in much knitting, so although this is something I've made up, I am sure there are probably other patterns like it. This is not based on anything I've seen.

The pattern is basically a blueprint rather than a set piece. It's in 8 ply here, but could easily be made quite different with different size needles and a different weight wool. Free for gifts, personal or charity use only.

River Ripples Scarf

Needles: 5.00 mm

Yarn: I've used two 50gm balls 8 ply Heirloom Merino.

Tension: Adjust your needle size to obtain the feel and drape you want with the yarn you have chosen. Lighter wool will require more stitches and finer needles than I have used. I have kept a 5 stitch border of garter stitch each end.

Cast on 37 stitches.

Row 1:Knit 5, *(purl 3, YO, knit 2 tog. knit 3) Repeat from * three times, purl 3, knit 5.

Row 2 and every even row of pattern repeat. Knit as stitches present themselves but maintain the garter stitch edge at each end of scarf.

Row 3:Knit 5, *(purl 3, knit 1, YO, Knit 2 tog., knit 2) Repeat from * three times, purl 3, knit 5.

Row 5: Knit 5, *(purl 3, knit 2, YO, knit 2 tog., knit 1) Repeat from * three times, purl 3, knit 5.

Row 7: Knit 5,*(purl 3, knit 3, YO, knit 3 tog.), purl 3, knit 5

Row 8: Knit as stitches present themselves.

Repeat pattern till scarf is required length and cast off. Block to open up lace pattern.

1 comment:

2paw said...

I like the story behind your pattern. I know that exact moment: the water is mirror still and then the wind whips it up, just the surface.
No train knitting here, our freight trains are usual derailed or the track is being fixed!!