writing portfolio of Stephanie Lenz

Knitting

Blue Wave hat

Another knitting pattern: Blue Wave Hat (click through for pic)

  • Size 10 dpns
  • Bulky weight yarn (used Lion’s Pride Woolspun in Aquamarine)

Pattern: CO 88 sts onto dpns.

Rib 2×2 for 1” (k2, p2)

K for 1”.

Alternate LC, RC 2×2 (see end) all the way around.

K until 6”.

Decrease pattern:
(K9, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K8, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K7, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K6, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K5, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K4, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K3, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row;
(K2, k2tog) 8 times, k 1 row; BO

LC (left cable) 2×2: slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold in front. Knit 2 sts off working needle. Knit the 2 sts off cable needle.

RC (right cable) 2×2): slip 2 sts to cable needle, hold in back. Knit 2 sts off working needle. Knit the 2 sts of the cable needle.

There’s no purling in the main part of the hat for the cables. The only place you’re going to purl is on the ribbing at the brim. To decrease size, CO in a lesser increment of 8 (80 sts, 72 sts).

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Waiting Room Blanket

Here’s something different: a knitting pattern.

I’m not great at writing patterns because, like cooking, when it looks right, that’s what I do. I’ve been making these squares out of various Lion Brand Homespun yarns in doctor waiting rooms for probably a couple of years now. Since my kids have therapy, group, procedures, and infusions regularly (plus all the other medical appointments I have or go along on), I have a fair number of squares now. The main colorway I use is Painted Desert but I also have turquoise, magenta, and other solids. I haven’t decided how to piece it yet but I figured I should record the pattern since I added it as a project on Ravelry.

What I like about this is that it’s really a one-skein project in terms of portability. I keep it in my car and only work on it when I’m out (I’ll piece it at home… probably). It’s also a good way to use up yarn. That’s why my main colorway is Painted Desert: it has many of my odd skeins’ colors in it). It would be really cool to knit half a square (BO after you have those 55 sts on your even row needle or even CO 55 and just do decreases to 5 sts) and make it out of triangles rather than squares.

Waiting Room Blanket

  • CO 5 sts.
  • All odd rows: Sl 1, K to end.
  • Even rows: Sl 1, k1, m1; K to penultimate stitch; m1, K. (IOW you’re adding one stitch to both ends, one stitch in from the edge stitch).
  • When there are 55 sts K on your odd row (your previous even row was Sl 1, k1, m1, k 49, k1, m1, k1 so the following odd row is Sl 1, k 54), stop increasing.
  • All odd rows: Sl 1, K to end.
  • Even rows: Sl 1, K2tog, K until 3 sts are left, k2tog, K1  (IOW you’re decreasing by one stitch on both ends, one stitch in from the edge stitch).
  • When even row has 5 sts (you’ve done “Sl 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1”), BO on odd row.
  • Piece squares together as desired.