Our lesson today was using beads in knitting. There are various techniques, but the most secure one consists of stringing the required number of beads on the yarn, using a needle or a needle & thread, then moving the beads into the stitches as they are required to knit the pattern. Some of us found there was a rather large hole behind the bead and it could slip through. We are experimenting with slipping the stitch before the bead, then knitting into the back of the one behind it, or with purling that stitch, etc.
I think the consensus is that it is good to know how, but it may be easier to just embroider them onto the finished garment. Having said that, Natasha's effort has worked out the best so far - I MUST remember to take my camera next week.
Natasha may or may not be with us next week - she's ready to 'pop' anytime soon - her due date is in 2 weeks, but as it's her third, we all know that means it could be very soon. We welcome back to Barbara Cotton after her sad time in Australia.
Sales of items in the exhibition are going well - anyone want to knit more little sock-wool birds - all 6 of Elaine's have sold!
Remember - Saturday is our Knitting in Public day - we are attending the Estuary Arts Centre from 9am to 4pm - anyone is welcome to join us. If you can't, just take your knitting to wherever you are and knit there! Worldwide Knitting In Public week started last Monday and finishes on Sunday!
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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