Except, that free pattern is driving everyone nuts. No one can seem to work out how it is done. So off I was sent home with a ball, to work it out.
The pattern is thus:
Basic Pattern: Alt k1, p1; work 1 yarn-over before each stitch. On all foll rows work sts as they appear and a yarn-over before each stitch, let the yarn-overs of previous row slide off the needle.
Ok, so I cast on the 24 stitches and set off - all I managed to do was get yarn wound round the needle in a criss cross of confusion. Pull it out, start again. Same, and yet again, same.
Time to Google, wondering just how many other people are having issues with this pattern. A lot it seems, there are questions all over knitting forums asking how to work it out. Phew, at least it's not me being a bit dim.
It's a drop stitch pattern, I can see that and I have done plenty of drop-stitch scarves in my time, but this one is just not working!
My Google search found out that the original pattern had been translated from German - badly - so it has been re-written, you can find it HERE.
I did this, but if you don't concentrate fully (ie, watch X-Factor whilst knitting) and miss a couple of loops, it does throw the pattern out somewhat.
Here is an easy alternative.
- Using 20mm needles, cast on 20 stitches.
- Stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row) to the end of the ball leaving enough yarn to sew the ends together.
- Join cast on and cast off seams together.
|Shown with a 4mm crochet hook to show how mashoooive these needles are :)|
Simples! And so cosy and warm, you will want one in every colour for your winter wardrobe. They hardly take any time to make either, I bashed this one up in an evening (while watching X-Factor ;) )
Dawn, manager of Carlisle Hobbycraft, kindly being my model :)