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A scarf and a hat for a one year old

Over the summer I’ve worked on a few different projects. One that I thought was going to be quick and easy saw its final touch only last week …

For a friend I made a scarf and a beanie. They come a bit late as a birth gift, so I’ve aimed at size one year right away. One year olds aren’t running around our house, so I’ve asked the internet to tell me what size I should knit – let’s hope it turns out well.

The scarf was supposed to be about 90 cm long and even though I was aiming at 15 cm large it turned out to be only 14 cm. The beanie has a circumference of almost 50 cm (that might prove to be a bit large) and it’s 18 cm high which leaves room for a fold – or not, when it’s really cold.

For inspiration I searched for a nicely structured pattern in Cecelia Campochiaro’s unmatched Sequence Knitting. Simple Methods for Creating Complex Fabrics. and chose for the Andrus scarf. It’s based on a sequence of 3 knit 6 purl 3 knit stitches, repeated over a multiple of 12 stitches + 2 and using the serpentine method. I’m not going to spill the beans on what this exactly means – that’s all in the book. I cast on 38 stitches with Rosy Green Wool’s Cheeky Merino Joy in the colour Wild Mallow and kept knitting until I had a scarf of 90 cm. That required a little over 1 skein.

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Mind you, as there was quite some poolside knitting involved I didn’t always pay proper attention to my pattern, so I missed and had to undo half a scarf twice!

Andrus Beanie2With the leftovers of the second skein I made a beanie using the same sequence. That required some thinking at the start of every round, because this sequence doesn’t work out the same when knitting in the round! I succeeded in sticking to the structure though, and you have to look really hard to find the few extra stitches I smuggled in to keep the pattern even.

I cast on 110 stitches, that is (9 * 12) + 2, but 98 stitches (8 * 12) + 2 would probably have been a better option. To get the right height I had to knit the motif (= 6 rounds) 17 times.

From the first row of the 10th motif I shortened the sequences from 12 to 10 stitches by working together two times two stitches (two purl and two knit). Likewise, from the first row of the 13th motif, I shortened the sequence from 10 to 8 stitches and then I did this again in motif 15 (from 8 to 6 stitches), 16 (from 6 to 4) and 17 (from 4 to 2). This changes the outlook of the motif of course, but I think it made the top of the hat look really nice!

Then last week I made a big pompom to finish it all of. Aren’t they gorgeous?


Sequence Knitting, simple methods for creating complex fabrics

Sequence Knitting

When we were in Berlin last month we dropped by at Wollen Berlin. My eye fell on a particularly beautiful book: Sequence Knitting by Cecelia Campochiaro. I didn’t dare buying it by fear of having overweight luggage on the return flight, so I added it to my wish list. And guess what I found under the Christmas tree …

Cecelia Campochiaro has a Ph. D. in Chemistry and it shows: the book could easily have been the popularized version of a doctoral dissertation on knitting. The approach is very systematic and the book is well structured, starting with definitions and methodology, then elaborating every method in separate chapters.

Sequence knitting is nothing more than “knitting a sequence of stitches repeatedly using some kind of rule to create a fabric”. It’s easy knitting: you just repeat the same over and over, so you can watch TV or listen to your favourite book while knitting. There’s actually nothing new to sequence knitting. What is interesting about this book is the elaborate and systematic exploration of the myriads of possibilities that exist.

Even if the approach is almost scientific, it’s a very beautiful book with several knitwear examples, patterns and lots of illustrations. In the book one finds many sequences in an almost mathematical and easy to remember formula and an illustrative two-colour diagram. Thanks to the patterns and the many pictures it’s very inviting to start knitting right away!

To be short: this book is a must-have for every knitter, and in the library it goes on the shelve with the basic knitting bibles.

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