Monday, January 23, 2006

Baby Poncho Pattern and More

Here’s the finished socks. Statistics are:

Confetti Socks
Begun: January 8, 2006
Completed: January 22, 2006
Construction: Top Down with 5 needles.
Gauge: 8 stitches per inch
Needle Size: 2 mm Addi Natura bamboo dpns
Yarn: 2 balls DGB Confetti, 75% superwash wool/25% polyamide, Col 778 Lot 293, stripes of burgundy, blue, and brown with narrow stripes of white and grey spots in between.
Comments: Cast-on is 64 stitches, 2/2 rib for 20 rows. Leg a little longer than my usual, 7” before flap heel and foot (6 -3/4” before toe decreases). These are for me. Again.

And the finished and blocked baby poncho:

Baby Poncho
Date started: January 11, 2006
Date completed: January 22, 2006
Yarn: Lanett Superwash, 100% merino wool, 50g=195m, MC 5226/5188 purple, CC 5213/4772 lilac
Note: MC – less than 1 ball, CC – few metres
Needles: 3mm dpns (Swallow Casein), 2mm crochet hook
Gauge: 7 st per inch
With MC yarn and 2 of the double-pointed needles held together, long-tail cast on 80 stitches. Divide over 4 needles and join in a circle. Purl around, placing a marker before the 40th and 80th stitches. The poncho’s points will be the single stitches just after the markers, so don’t forget to continue the round one stitch past the last marker. At the beginning of the next (knit) round, make a left lifted increase. Continue to just before the next marker and work a right lifted increase. Pass marker to right needle. Knit centre stitch (the one after the marker) and work a left lifted increase. Knit to just before the last marker and work a right lifted increase. Pass marker. Knit the centre stitch. 84 stitches on the needles (increased by 4). Purl the next round without increases. Continue to knit in garter stitch (one round knit, one round purl) with the increases as established on the knit rounds for 3 ridges total.

Continue in stockinette stitch (knit every round) increasing every other round as established until piece is 5-3/4” from the beginning measured on the straight grain. The stitches managed to stay comfortably on the dpns so I didn’t change to a circular like I did with Kiera’s poncho.
Begin circular garter stitch as for the neck area and continue with the increases every knit round. Work 5 garter ridges. Bind off.

Change to CC and crochet hook. Sl st in first bind off stitch in back loop. Ch 2. Work 1 dc in next 2 sts, sk next st. [2 dc in each of next 3 st and skip 1] repeat across to next point. Work 5 dcs in point and continue down the other side as before. Work 5 dcs in point and join with a sl st.
Row 2 – [Skip 2 sts and work 6 dcs in next st. Skip 2 sts and sl st in next st] repeat to point (fudging a bit if necessary to make pattern work out correctly). Work 8 dcs in point. Work back down second side and work 8 dcs in last point. Join to first st with another sl st. End off and bury tails.

Hide beginning end in neckline. Wash and block completed poncho.

I’m feeling kind of scattered today for some reason. We started the day by heading off to vote in the Canadian federal election at 7:30am. That was the only time we (well, T-Man) had available. If ya don’t vote, ya can’t bitch! Now I have my official bitching license and I’m ready to have at 'em.

I’m cooking a salmon for dinner tonight and having some family over to help eat it. What can I say — it was taking up room in the freezer. Then we’re going to The Ninja’s MIL’s for his belated birthday cake. His actual birthday was Saturday. Ohmygosh, my baby is 32! And it just feels like yesterday. Not. I do remember he surprised us by being 7 weeks early and it was snowing. Having to leave your tiny baby in an incubator in the hospital for a month is not the recommended way to give birth though he came out of it pretty well. (Luckily I already had his 16-month-old big sister at home to distract me.) So this is the second year in a row that his mother-in-law is baking the birthday cake. Hmmm…nope, don’t feel guilty. I don’t even have a present for him. We have to discuss what he wants first. I do have a card though. I made it with ninjas on it!

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