Tuesday, June 20, 2017

a year of stitches

After a bit of a hiatus, here it is.......

So far I've had a wedding, a whirlwind fabulous vacation with son1 and daughter in law, a church carnival, home repairs and remodels on the medium scale, minor catastrophes for son2 and his newly acquired family.  The bride and groom are happily settling in and learning to live with each other.  We saw many interesting things, bought way too much yarn from some fabulous shops, ate too many good things (with my son or daughter in law cooking, it's a given that it's going to be good), saw lots of educational or interesting things, did fun stuff,  worked my posterior off for various events and finally had a well deserved rest.

And now for the stitches.....

For knitting I present the dandelion stitch.

Multiple of 6 + 3.
 

Repeat rows 1 - 8.

 Row1. k2*(knit the next stitch wrapping the yarn 3 times around the needle,) 5 times, k1*k1

2. k2*wyif slip the next 5 sts to a cable needle purlwise dropping the extra wraps, wrap the yarn around the 5 sts on the cable needle twice, then slip the 5 sts to the right-hand needle; k1*k1

3*knit*

4. *knit*

5. k5*(knit the next stitch wrapping the yarn 3 times around the needle) 5 times, k1*k4

6. k5 *wyif slip the next 5 sts to a cable needle purlwise dropping the extra wraps, wrap the yarn around the 5 sts on the cable needle twice, then slip the 5 sts to the right-hand needle;  k1*, k5

7. K

8. K

As a little aside, I really like dandelion greens with hot bacon dressing. I'm not sure what dandelion wine tastes like. But would love to try.

And for the crochet stitch.......

The butterfly stitch.

Multiple of 21 plus 3

Ch 24.

R1:  dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 ch, ch 11, sk 11 ch, dc in last 5 sts.
R2: ch 3, turn, dc in 2nd st and each dc before the ch section,  ch 11, dc in last 4 dc and top of the turning ch.
R3&4: rep r2.
R5: ch 3, turn, dc in 2nd st and each dc before the ch section,  ch 5, sc around all the chains of the previous rows snugly,  ch 5, dc in last 4 dc and top of the turning ch.
R6-9: rep r2.
R10: rep r5.
Rep r6-10 for desired size.