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Pattern Adaptation

     Just back from overnight camping at Lake Eklutna.  And yes, that is the same lake featured in the photo of my teal yarn colors.  The gold of the birch trees is stunning this time of the year.  It’s full color right now;  one good wind will blow the color to the ground. And that wind is on its way.   If the sun shines before that wind comes, I’m going back to Eklutna with some garden art and hats and get some photos.  Fun.      Northern Glitter Boutique carries my new line of hat/cowl/fingerless glove/boot topper sets.  Check in out on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/NorthernGlitterBoutique.   Here are some of the patterns I developed.       Hey knitters, know your gauge?  Mine is loosy-goosey.  On the Sulka and size 10 Addies, I’m getting  3, ¼ stitches per inch.  Other knitters might need to use size 10, ½ needles to get that gauge.  The Sulka is plush with alpaca and air and poofs into the stich spaces.  I’ve taken a Betty Balcomb pattern, “Pacific Garter Rib with a Twist” and adapted it to the Sulka yarn I am using.  It is a free pattern online from Cascade yarns developed especially for their Pacific Yarn.  She uses a gauge of 4, ½ stitches per inch.   My yarn, at 3, ¼ stitches per inch is considerably fatter; so I need fewer stitches.  The repeat is a multiple of 8 stitches, therefore by casting on 72 stitches I am able to use her pattern with my yarn and end up with a standard size hat.   I bet the Cascade Superwash 128 would also work well with my adaptations.  Plus an additional benefit – it is machine washable and dryable.      HAT:  Using needles to obtain gauge of 3, ¼ (16 inch, size 10 for me) C/0 72. Work in the round, following the pattern.         COWL:  I used the same basic pattern to improvise a matching cowl.  C/O 100, using a16 inch size 10 circular ( or size needed to obtain gauge).  Work in the round, knitting even for 6 rounds.  Decrease 5 stitches, evenly spaced in each of the next 4 rounds – 80 stitches.  Work the Pacific Garter Rib with a Twist pattern for 4 inches, then work an inch of K2,P2 ribbing and bind off loosely.  This cowl reminds me of the Elizabethan collars worn in the Middle Ages.  The stockinette stitch at the bottom of the cowl curls and then snugs in around the neck.       FINGERLESS GLOVES:  Let’s take the pattern to yet another level.  I use the magic loop method for working gloves, socks, sleeves – all those items that are normally worked with double point needles.  So that means my stitches are divided by 2 and half are placed on each of the magic loop needles.  C/O 16 stitches on each side of 32 inch, size 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge) flexible cable needle.  Skip the ribbing and start with the pattern and work about 4 inches of Pacific Garter Rib with a Twist pattern.  Then switch to size 7 needle, and decreasing 4 stitches evenly around, begin 2, ½ inches of K1, P1 ribbing (14 stitches on each needle).  Then switch back to the larger size needles and knit 3 rounds even.  For the thumb gusset, place markers before the last stitch and after the first stitch on the magic loop needle.  Then every other round, work increases into the stitches adjacent and inside the markers, until there are 8 stitches between the markers.  Place these 8 stitches on a stitch holder. Continue to work the hand of the glove, knitting 4 more rounds even and then switch to smaller needles and work 1 inch of K1, P1 ribbing.  Be sure and bind off loosely.  With larger magic loop, pick up the 8 thumb stitches and 2 additional stitches from the hand part of the glove.  Work these 10 stitches in stockinette for 3 rounds and then change to smaller needles and K1, P1 ribbing for one inch.  Be sure and bind off loosely.  Hey, here’s a thumb hint.  Just like with socks, one can avoid those goofy holes, by picking up extra stitches on the inside of the hand and then decreasing them on the next round.  I usually pick up 4 stitches and then decrease down to 2 stitches.  Also, when adding yarn at the thumb, it helps to leave a long tail so that there is ample yarn to work with when weaving in the end.  This makes it possible to hide any holes that persist. BOOT TOPPERS:  They are the “in thing” here in Alaska.   I’m making mine about 14” around.  You can adjust the size as needed to fit the top of your boot – just remember you need to aim for a multiple of 8.  C/O 24 stitches on each side of 32 inch, size 10 (or size needed to obtain gauge) magic loop , work Pacific Garter Rib with a Twist pattern for 3 inches.  Now knit each round for 2 inches.  Switch to smaller needles and work K1, P1 ribbing for 3 inches.    10-06-13, and I have 45 hats.

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