24 July 2009

Celtic Plait Cardi

Here are some rough notes for the pattern for my Celtic Plait Cardi.

Celtic Plait Cardi
(fits 36 to 38 inch bust)

I knit this with 2 balls (400grams – 540 metres) of Bendigo Rustic 12 ply wool , using 6mm circular needles.
Gauge 16.5 stitches per 4 inches (stocking stitch)
I cast on 29 stitches and knit the “Celtic Plait” pattern, which is a cable pattern worked over a multiple of 10 + 5 (minimum 25) stitches plus I made a border of 2 purl stitches each side of the cable.

I found the pattern on page 90 of the 1985 “The Harmony guide to knitting stitches”. You may be able to find another similar cable pattern elsewhere, just make sure it measures about 3 and a half inches.

Knit the cable pattern for 30 inches.
At this stage with this cable pattern I noticed that I wouldn’t need to make any buttonholes, as it is easy to push a button through the gap between the cables, so I cast off.
If you use a different cable pattern you may like to knit 2 rows stocking stitch, make three or four buttonholes across the third row, work one row and then cast off.

This becomes the yoke of the cardi.

Pick up 120 stitches along the side of the cable yoke.
8 stitches (band) place marker, 16 stitches (front)place marker, 19 stitches (sleeve)place marker,34 stitches (back) place marker, 19 stitches (sleeve) place marker, 16 stitches(front)place marker, 8 stitches (band) place marker. = total 120 stitches.
First row:
With right side facing –
Moss stitch 8 stitches, then knit , increasing one stitch each side of all other markers (except band markers) until 8 stitches remain. Moss stitch last 8 stitches.
2nd row
Moss stitch 8 stitches, purl until last 8 stitches, moss stitch 8 stitches.

Keeping moss stitch pattern correct for bands, continue increasing on all knit rows each side of markers (except front band markers) until raglan is 5 inches long (or length required).

With right side facing and keeping bands in moss stitch, knit across to first sleeve stitches. Transfer sleeve stitches to holder and cast on 8 stitches and continue knitting back stitches. Transfer sleeve stitches to holder and cast on 8 stitches and continue knitting front stitches.
Continue in stocking stitch for body (keeping bands correct in moss stitch) and making side shaping at waistline if you wish, until body measures 12 inches – or length desired.
Knit 10 rows moss stitch all the way across to make bottom band of cardi. Cast off in moss stitch.

Now transfer sleeve stitches to circular needle– picking up eight stitches under arm .
Knit 1 row.
Then moss stitch for 5 rows in the round. Cast off in moss stitch.
Repeat for other sleeve.

Place buttons on an angle on your top cable yoke band as shown:

Sew in ends and you are finished!!!!!

Please do not copy this pattern without my permission.
If you knit this cardi I would love to see a photo. Any questions – send me a message

23 July 2009

Very special letters

A few weeks ago I "found" a lovely letter written almost 76 years ago by my father to my mother when she was 18 and he was 23. They married when she was 21. They are both gone now, he was 80 (killed in a car accident) and she was 79 (after a series of strokes).
It is a most beautiful letter written by a young man to his dear love. It gave a wonderful insight into who he was at that age. It is 4 pages long. At the bottom of the letter he has attached (by a little safety pin) a tiny photo of himself for her. She kept that letter for the rest of her life. She was 40 when I was born and he was 45. They had already had two other children, then aged 13 and 16 and then I was born and 16 months later my younger brother was born!

Growing up I always admired the beautiful mother of pearl lid of the black box, but I never really looked closely at the contents of that box until now.

There is also a letter to my mother from her father, who died when she was 16. She always told me he went for a walk and didn't return and was found dead. It was only in her last weeks of life that she told me he drank poison from a bottle in his garage (he had the first service station in a small country town in Tasmania). Deliberately or not, she didn't like to say....

In another box there were dozens of postcards written by my grand-father (mum's father) to my grand-mother, over 100 years ago! It took days for him to visit her and they only lived 50 miles away from each other. They mainly communicated by post card.

It is a shame that letters are almost a thing of the past. Text messages and emails won't be around for our children and grand-children to find in years to come. Even our blogs will be lost in cyberspace. I wonder how people will be communicating in 100 years from now??????????!!!!!!!!!!!! We will never know...... or will we???