Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Variation On a Theme

I had a bunch of natural dishcloth cotton that I dyed with sassafras (see information on how I accomplished that here and here). It's a muddy beige color now and will probably fade with washing, but it seemed like reasonable stuff for experimentation.
Here's the pattern:

This bib is garter stitch (knit every row)

Cast on 20 stitches and knit one row.

Increase row, and every RS row: Knit 1 stitch, increase in next stitch, knit to second stitch from the end, increase in that stitch, knit 1 stitch.

WS: knit.

Repeat these 2 rows until there are 40 stitches on the needle (10 ridges, 20 rows completed) , knit even (no more increases) until there are 34 ridges (68 rows) total from the cast on edge.

Next RS row: Knit across 16 stitches. Bind off 8 stitches. Knit to the end of the row. Turn.

Decrease row, first side WS: Knit to the last 3 stitches (of the 16 before the bind off). Knit 2 together, knit 1.

RS: knit.

Repeat the last 2 rows until 10 stitches remain. Knit 6 rows even (3 ridges). Bind off in knit on WS. Cut yarn.

Join yarn at the neck edge of the second side.

Decrease row, second side WS: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

RS: knit.

Repeat these 2 rows until 10 stitches remain. Knit 12 rows even (6 ridges).

Short row curve:

Next row (RS): knit 9 stitches. Turn, knit back.

Next row (RS): knit 8 stitches. Turn, knit back.

Continue in this way, working one less stitch each RS row and making a wedge that leans toward the neck edge until all stitches are worked. Knit across all 10 stitches.

Knit even for 12 rows (6 ridges) then repeat the Short Row Curve section.

Knit 16 rows (8 ridges) even.

Make a buttonhole: (RS) knit 4, bind off 2, knit 4. Turn (WS) Knit 4, cast on 2 (I used e-wrap cast on), knit 2.

Knit 4 rows (2 ridges) even.

Next (decrease) row (RS): Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 4, knit 2 together, knit 1.

Knit 1 row.

Bind off (I bound off in purl).

Weave in all the ends. Sew on a cute button.

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