SUSAN’S IMPRESSIONIST BLUES ‘LEMONADE’

I managed to land in both a snow and knitting rich area. Many of my neighbors knit. One even holds an informal knitting circle that meets once a week. I’ve been going when I can, and have watched the creation of a really nifty project that happened as a late-course correction on what might have been a tragedy.

Susan The Architect has been knitting a magnificent impressionist blues/purples mohair stole to wear to a Very Important Event. She cast on plenty of stitches on a long circ because she was going to knit it the long way (rows running end to end) rather than across the narrow dimension. It was tough to get a fix on her gauge because so many stitches were on the circ, and she had forgotten that she had done her swatch on a smaller sized needle than the one she ended up using.

She knit happily away in K5, P5 rib until her stole was about 18 inches wide. Then she bound off and discovered that she’d made a strip 18 inches wide by 12 feet long!? Although she’s on the tall side, she’s not tall enough to carry off a 12-foot strip without constantly stopping to re-drape it or creating a tripping hazard for herself or those around her. Serious thought was needed, as ripping back mohair isn’t a pleasant experience.

Susan decided to keep what she had made, but engineer a new use for it. I apologize for not having a model photo of the final piece, but I didn’t have a camera with me. Here’s a schematic, though:

She folded roughly one foot up on each end of the piece, then stitched the resulting flaps down at the cast on and cast off edges. She also seamed about three quarters of the way along the top of the flaps. This made nice pocket ends. Then she folded the piece in half, and seamed down the cast-on edge approximately 18 inches from the center fold. This joined the back into a hood-like shape.

She wears the piece with the hood either draped down her back, or over her hair. The two ends hang down in front – each with a handy pocket end at her fingertips, or are worn with one end flipped up over the opposite shoulder. From the center back of the neck (the base of the hood) to the bottom edge is now about 3.5 feet (12 foot total length/2 = 6; 6-1 foot for pocket = 5. 5-1.5 feet for hood = 3.5 feet), a far cry from the dangling 6 foot from the collar length of the piece when worn as a plain stole. Very wearable, and if I might say so, very flattering, too. Here are directions if you want to make Susan’s Stole for yourself.

Susan’s Stole

4 skeins King Cole Luxury Mohair (110 meters each, approx 440 meters or 480 yards, total)
Size US #13 (9mm) circular needle, 36 inches long.
Tapestry Needle for sewing up.

Gauge = Approximately 8 stitches = 4 inches or 10cm

Cast on 285 stitches.
Row 1:? (K5, P5), repeat, end K5.
Row 2:? (P5, K5), repeat, end P5.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your piece measures approximately 18 inches across, or you run out of yarn. Cast off and darn in ends.

Fold left and right edges in towards center, making end flaps approximately one foot deep. Seam up cast on and cast off row edges. Seam approximately 2/3 of the top edge of the flap to form a pocket.

Fold piece in half so that pocket ends are opposite each other. Seam about 18 inches from fold towards free ends along cast-on edge (the opposite side from hand opening), to create a hood-like opening.

 

 

 

Final word:? Why ‘Lemonade?’? From the old adage that begins “If life gives you lemons…”

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