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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 125

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Laura J. Gardner - The Journal Gazette
Can you believe that our model baby is almost 2?

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 125

This week, I chat with the inimitable Kate Atherley and share a pattern for a tiny hug for a two-year-old, my Redbud Blooms Shrug.

Redbud Blooms Shrug

The Redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma. I always get nostalgic for them in the spring. When a friend of mine gave me this super-soft, bulky yarn, the color reminded me of their blossoms.

This yarn is "early" handspun. My friend said it was overspun in some areas, so I made the shrug in garter stitch to counteract any tendency in the fabric to bias.

The shrug is knit from the top-down, with raglan shaping and minimal finishing. The garter-stitch edges also prevent curling. For the fronts of the shrug, slip the first stitch on every row. When working back-and-forth for the sleeves, do not slip the first stitches on those rows. This makes seaming easier in the end, I promise.

I used up every inch of the handspun I had. So, my cast-off edges are all in a contrasting yarn. You can keep yours all with one yarn, if you like, but I like the effect.

There is a link in the pattern to my notes about using a crochet hook, instead of a darning needle, to close up a seam. This is the method I used for the underarm seams.

Just a fun, quick project to add a little color and extra warmth to a little one's day.

Chat

I had so much fun talking with Kate Atherley. We talked about her book (which I reviewed a little while ago), her "small start" method and why Kate might have the coolest job in the world.

Links

- Wise Hilda Knits blog

- Folk Socks (I wrote about Folk Socks for Lara's Library)

- Miss Otis Regrets

- Beyond Knit and Purl

- You can buy the print and digital versions together, right now, for $26.95 + shipping. The digital-only version is available for $16.96 (right now, but that price could change).

- Debbie Bliss

- Knittyspin is part of Knitty

- A Needle Pulling Thread

- The Cooperative Press

- Shannon Okey sometimes goes by Knitgrrl.

- (she appeared in Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 43)

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