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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I call it the Nubby Nebula. Sheep soap calls it a place to snuggle up.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 38

This week, I share a pattern for a Wash/Dish/Anycloth I call the Nubby Nebula and Joyce chats with a chainsaw carver.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Yes, the little sheep soap thinks he is the center of the nebula. Don't tell him it's all just a lot of hot gas.

Nubby Nebula

These are the pithy instructions. More details (not many, this is very simple), are in the PDF attached to this page.

I wanted to see what would happen if I increased on every round by 4 and worked in seed stitch. Now, seed stitch is not normally something I enjoy working, especially in cotton, but I had fun with this one, because it was important to the rate of increases, and made a great fabric.

I started with a belly-button cast on, which I have talked about before. If you prefer, you can use another cast-on method, but I challenge you to find anything that is both as elegant and strange-looking as you work.

So, starting out with 8 stitches total. Place a marker (or arrange your needles such) that you have a marker every 2 stitches. If you like, use a special color of marker for the beginning of your round. The directions for every round are the same.

Work to marker. Slip marker. K1, p1 in the stitch after the marker. Continue working k1, p1, until you reach the next marker. Repeat.

By adding a stitch in each section, you maintain the 1-stitch variance needed to create seed stitch where, otherwise, there would be ribbing.

Continue until you just can't stand it anymore or until you have 43 stitches in-between markers. Cast off and darn in all ends. Mine is about 10" across and a shape in-between a circle and a square.

I called it Nubby Nebula because it's not flat, but rather disk-like, and the lines of increases remind me of the arms in a spiral galaxy. I know galaxies are different from nebulae, and, technically, it should be called "seed stitch kind-of galaxy-shaped but-not-because-it-isn't-more-dense-in-the-center not-flat thing", but that just doesn't have the same ring to it for me. Take your pick, I suppose, but I'll call it Nubby Nebula.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a better view of the whole cloth. You can see that it's not perfectly flat.


This week, Joyce McCartney interviews Allen Hetrick, a chainsaw carver.

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the belly-button start, after finishing.


Belly Button Cast On

Video: Scott, A Chainsaw Carver

Direct link to the PDF of the Nubby Nebula Wash/Dish/Anycloth pattern