Sunday, September 09, 2007

Late Summer Musings

Summer takes a funny turn after Labor Day. Oh, it's summer still; yet feeling as if it's slowly slipping away.
That full, lush green of high summer has passed by, and now we are left with a slower growing season. Ferns
are dying, red is the new leaf color peeking through the trees, and darkness covers my front yard by 8:00 p.m.

School begins anew, football takes off again, gardens start looking a little skimpy, and that heavy fog which draped itself over everything in muggy August has settled into the river ravine and most mornings lets us gaze full-on at the sunny hills and mountains in the upper Delaware valley.

Stopping indoors seems more and more the thing to do and scrounging around for new (or old) patterns is one of my favorite knitting past-times.

I love knitting for people who mean something to me! Over the years my family has enjoyed lots of my knitted creations, from scarves to afghans to little bags to placemats and well, just anything!

This scarf I'm currently knitting is very pretty, if you ask me. I'm knitting it for a new-found friend who lives in Bremen, Germany. She will be visiting at the end of this year, but I can't wait to give her this, and with her birthday coming up in November, this will be a perfect gift!

I like to call this my "Falling Leaves" pattern, perfect for this time of year.

Multiple of 12 sts plus 1.
Row 1: (RS) P1, *p3, k5, p4; rep from * to end.
Row 2 and every WS row: Purl
Row 3: P2tog, * p2, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p2, p3tog; rep from * to end, end with p2 tog.
Row 5: P2tog, * p1, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2, p1, p3tog; rep from * to end, end with p2tog.
Row 7: P2tog, *k2, yo, k5, yo, k2, p3tog; rep from * to end, end with p2tog.
Row 8: Purl.
Repeat for pattern.
Easy and pretty. I make scarves about 60 " long and then fringe. They always look so professional.

No one will believe it! Least of all you.


Beverlypr said...

A question. What size needles and what sort of yarn did you use for the scarf in the photo? thanks!

Alice Seidel said...

I used Bernat Satin Silk Sport yarn in color jade and size 7 or 8 needles.
It is looking very pretty.

Anonymous said...

Love the falling leaves pattern, but we have a couple of questions:
1. To make the pattern shown in the picture, how many stitches do I cast on, I am confused with the Multiple of 12 sts plus 1.

2. I am confused with Row 3, it does not seem like I have enough stiches to complete the pattern and end with p2tog.

Jannie said...

If I want to do the Falling leaves pattern scarf and I wanted 60 inches long, how much of the Bernat Silk Sport yarn do I need? I am not good with figuring this type of things out even when doing a swatch. Thanks, Jannie

Alice Seidel said...


I used about 6 oz. of yarn which was 2 skeins of Bernat satin sport.
Just mailed my scarf out to a friend in Germany, so I'll post any pictures she sends me when I get them!

Alice Seidel said...

To make the scarf cast on either 25 stitches or 37. A multiple of 12 is 24 +1, or 36 +1.

I cast on 37 sts.

As for Row 3 instead of doing the last bit as "p3tog" do "p2tog". That makes 37 stitches.

Numbers can be daunting at first, but just take your time with them, and soon they will be clear.
Thanks! Alice


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