I have been alerted to this article: about the benefits of knitting.
So true! The article references the Shetland Isles - I'm sure I read somewhere that the cancelled classes are being reinstated due to to public concern (call that 'uproar'!) However, in reading through submissions in the public consultation regarding the possible closure of some small local primary schools, knitting has featured, but there is a subtle shift away from its recognition as a traditional need in terms of educational value, with some people asking for funding to come from the arts rather than education. Sadly I think this is not resolved and will see some protracted discussions before it is. Meanwhile, traditional knitting is not being taught in a number of the schools.
On the home front, I have sent an email to the teacher at the local school who contacted me last year about her lunchtime knitting & crochet group, so I expect to be visiting them soon. In preparation for that I have ordered some dinky knitting needles designed for children.
Irish Hiking Scarf pattern
approx. 350 yards of worsted weight yarn
size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle
(Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!)
Finished size, approx. 5 ½” x 55”
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1. (WS) K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 2. (RS) K4, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 3. (WS) repeat row 1
Row 4. (RS) repeat row 2
Row 5. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 6. (RS) repeat row 2.
Row 7. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 8. (RS) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K4
Repeat these rows to desired length, ending on row 7. Bind off.
C6F = Slip 3 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K3, then K the 3 sts. off cable needle.
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