Monday, September 8, 2008

Trinity Irish Dance Headband Pattern

White knitting worsted weight, Acrylic only. (Always use acrylic yarn, no wool. These headbands
must be able to stand up to repeated washings. I find the Red Heart brand works very well.
Size 5 knitting needle, or size to get gauge. (You may find the need to adjust the size of the
needle to come to the correct gauge. Depending on how you work, try going up or down one size.)
Gauge: 12 st = 2 1/4inch, 8 rows = 1 inch

Stitch Definitions:
Inc: Increase one stitch by knitting in the front and back loop of one stitch.
Sl 1,K1,psso: Decrease one stitch by slipping one stitch to right needle, knit the second stitch,
pass the first stitch over the second stitch.
K2tog: Decrease one stitch by knitting 2 stitches together.
P3tog: Decrease 2 stitches by purling 3 stitches together.
{K1P1K1}: Blackberry Stitch by knitting 1, purling 1 and knitting 1 all in the same stitch to form a
bump! “In the same stitch” means, knit 1 but don’t slide the stitch off the needle, just draw the
yarn between the needles to the front of the work and purl 1, but still don’t slide the stitch off,
then draw the yarn back between the needles to the back of the work and knit 1. NOW you may
slide the stitch off and continue.

Tapered Beginning:
Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: K4
Row 2: Inc 1 in first stitch, K2, Inc 1 in last
stitch. (6 stitches total)
Row 3: K6
Row 4: Inc 1 in first stitch, K4, Inc 1 in last
stitch. (8 stitches total)
Row 5: K8
Row 6: Inc 1 in first stitch, K6, Inc 1 in last
stitch. (10 stitches total)
Row 7: K10
Row 8: Inc 1 in first stitch, K8, Inc 1 in last
stitch. (12 stitches total)
Row 9: K12

Pattern: (Blackberries)
Row 10: K1, P10, K1
Row 11: K1, P1, P3tog, {K1P1K1}, P3tog,
{K1P1K1}1, P1, K1
Row 12: K1, P10, K1
Row 13: K1, P1, {K1P1K1}, P3tog, {K1P1K1},
P3tog, P1, K1
Continue to work these 4 rows until you have
about 14 inches of work, (about 40 rows of
“bumps” plus tapered beginning).

Begin tapered end:
Row 1: K12
Row 2: Sl 1,K1,PSSO, K8, K2tog (10 stitches
Row 3: K10
Row 4: Sl 1,K1,PSSO, K6, K2tog (8 stitches
Row 5: K8
Row 6: Sl 1,K1,PSSO, K4, K2tog (6 stitches
Row 7: K6
Row 8: Sl 1,K1,PSSO, K2, K2tog (4 stitches
Row 9: BO 4 stitches

Finishing: When you have finished the piece
and cast off, do not clip yarn off close to the
work, it may unravel! Instead, leave about a 4
inch tail at both ends of the work. Using a
tapestry or needlepoint needle, weave the tail
back through the work about 2 inches in a U.
The same goes for a join of 2 skeins of yarn
in the middle of a piece.
When complete, headband should measure
about 2 1/4 inches wide and 16 inches long.
Finally sew a 2” piece of ¼” elastic to join the
two ends.

Monday, April 21, 2008

So hard to believe

It's very hard to believe that I am actually going to create a blog. It seems so ridiculously narcissistic to think that anyone would want or care to read what I have to say. But I have found that I sometimes need a place to "Put" pictures and charts and stuff that I want to show to other people.
This is, therefore my first post. I have nothing to say. It's Monday morning. Alarm did not go off properly this morning so Patrick (DS) had to rush through his shower, making him very crabby. Maddie's (DD) gym uniform escaped the laundry hamper and was sitting next to the washer and did not get washed. She was crabby and had to take Patrick's old uniform to school. My i-Pod has frozen up - and I'm not too happy about that. Bob, (DH) lost his glasses, A typical Monday morning in the Jeffers' house.