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And started over using the modified pattern:

Three Cable Shawl

Probably 5 skeins of a sport weight yarn and size 13 (9 mm) needles.

Cast On:  67 stitches.

End Border:  
Row 1: (K2, P9,) K45 (P9,K2)
Row 2: K67

Cable Pattern Repeat:
Row 1: K2, P9, (K9, P9) (K9, P9), K9, P9, K2. Right side.
Row 2: K11, P9, K9, P9, K9, P9, K11.
Row 3: K2, P9, (cf6, K3, P9) (cf6, K3, P9), cf6, K3, P9, K2.
Row 4: K11, P9, K9, P9, K9, P9, K11.
Row 5: K2, P9, (K9, P9) (K9, P9), K9, P9, K2. Right side.
Row 6: K11, P9, K9, P9, K9, P9, K11.
Row 7: K2, P9, (K3, cb6, P9) (K3, cb6, P9), K3, cb6, P9, K2.
Row 8: K11, P9, K9, P9, K9, P9, K11. Last row of the repeat.

Repeat rows 1 to 8 until your work is the desired length, work the End Border again and bind off.

IMG_1072I’m liking the modified pattern better.  It’s more like a shawl instead of just a very wide scarf.  I’m nearly at the end of the second skein now.  I reckon it will take five skeins to get it as long as I want it.

I’m using size 13 (9.0 mm) needles.  I have a set of double pointed bamboo knitting needles I got on Amazon that has five of every size needle from size 1 (2.25 mm) to size 15 (10.0 mm) including 10-1/2 (6.5).  I’m using one of the size 13 double pointed needles from this set as a cable stitch holding needle. The cable pattern has an 8-row repeat, and I need a holding needle for only two of the 8 rows (Rows 3 and 7). It’s hilarious. Invariably, the holding needle ends up being stuck over my ear like a pencil.  I’m working on a story about a woman who makes a sweater for a 13-year-old boy.  The sweater has lots of cables in.  Guess where her holding needle is going to go when she’s not using it to knit with.

Now if I could just figure out how to keep the sides from curling inward.  Guess I’ll have to figure out how to block acrylic yarn. . . .

ribbedshrug-2001208891603I’ve been wanting a shrug.  I’ve seen some nice patterns, like this one.   But the problem with every one I’ve seen so far is that they all require sewing — you knit them as a flat rectangle and then sew the sleeves up. Or you knit them in pieces that have to be sewn together. Don’t like sewing pieces of knitting together.  I’d rather knit it all in one piece.  Think what I’ll do is see if I can work out one where you knit one from the middle of the back — cast on x number of stitches and knit the right sleeve, then make stitches in the bottoms of your cast on stitches and knit the left sleeve.  You’ll knit flat until you get just past the shoulder, then join it and knit it circular to the cuff.  I want it to be pretty baggy — maybe one or two decrease-by-half rows before the cuff,  one at the elbow and one at the wrist, maybe.  Then do a ribbed edge around the body opening.  I might have it look a lot like the one in the picture, except baggier from the mid forearm upward.  It occurs to me that I could use my three cable shawl pattern without the K2 edge and maybe do some kind of narrow panel down the middle of the back.

Another thing I’m thinking about:  My BFF has Raynaud’s phenomenon, and cold weather really affects her hands — makes them ache terribly.  I’ve seen patterns for “glittens” but all of them have the fingers that stop about halfway up  — like gloves whose fingertips have been cut off.  I want to do her some glittens where the fingers are complete and cover the whole finger like a glove. I want to use tiny baby yarn on the fingers, too.  I’m trying to think of a way to hold back the mitten top without using Velcro.