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Sunday, February 26, 2006

All finished

Here she is, Ruth, my Knitting Olympics project, finished up just as the last seconds were ticking off of Yarn Harlot's timeclock.

(For a printable PDF of the Ruth and Ruthie patterns, Click Here!)



Phew! My hands feel a little weak today, but she's done! Now, it's time to start on Heather's baby girl's stuffies!

Please visit http://lothruin.com/perfectshrug.html to read about the genesis of Ruth and some additional sizing notes!

And here's a pattern of Ruth (and Ruthie, a shrug version) for anyone who'd like it.

Materials:

For Ruth, a bolero jacket, use 7 balls (522 yds) Joann's brand Sensations Licorice yarn. You can substitute 5 balls of Yarn Bee Highland Thistle.

For Ruthie, a shrug, 4 balls are used.

1 pair US 15 straight needles
1 pair US 15 circular needles
yarn needle
Optional: A worsted weight yarn in matching color for sleeve seams.

Gauge: 11 stitches and 14 rows = 4"

For Ruth and Ruthie

Sleeve (make 2):

Cast on 26 stitches, work 2x2 rib for 4” (14 rows).
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
Row 3: K 2, M1, K to 2 stitches from end, M1, K 2 (28 sts on needle)
Rows 4-8: St st, starting with WS row.
Rows 9 – 14: Repeat rows 3-8 three times more. (36 sts on needle)

Work even in St st until sleeve measures 21” from beginning, ending RS row.
At beginning of next row, BO 3 stitches. P to last three stitches. BO 3 stitches. Put live stitches on holder or waste yarn.

Body

With circular needles, cast on 50 stitches. Starting with a knit row, work in St st for 3 rows, back and forth as though on straight needles.

Row 4: P first 4 stitches. BO 4 stitches. P across row to last 8 stitches. BO 4 stitches. P last 4 stitches.

Row 5: K across first 4 stitches. PM. K across all live stitches on one sleeve. PM. K across back. PM. K across live stitches of second sleeve. PM. K across last 4 stitches.

Row 6: P across row.

Row 7: Begin raglan shaping. K in first two stitches, *K2tog, slip marker, slip 1 purlwise, K 1, PSSO, K across to 2 stitches before next marker*, repeat from * to * to two stitches before last marker. K2tog, slip marker, slip 1 purlwise, K 1, PSSO, K last two stitches. (8 decreases this row.)

Row 8: P across row.

Row 9: K first stitch, *K2tog, slip marker, slip 1 purlwise, K 1, PSSO, K across to 2 stitches before next marker*, repeat from * to * to two stitches before last marker. K2tog, slip marker, slip 1 purlwise, K 1, PSSO. (8 decreases this row.)

On next and all following odd rows, continue raglan shaping as above, except knit first and last two stitches even, making only the ssk decrease after first marker and K2tog decrease before last marker. P all even rows. (6 decreases this and all following decrease rows.)

Work in raglan shaping as established until 22 stitches remain on needle, ending on a K row. (If you've made sizing adjustments, add or subtract the number of stitches you altered.)

For Ruthie, the shrug

PM. Pick up 29 stitches down left front, 50 stitches across bottom edge and 29 stitches up right side and join with live stitches already on needle. If you've made sizing adjustments, the only thing you really need to know is that you should pick up one stitch for every row down the sides and one stitch for every stitch along the bottom, making any adjustments neccessary for there to be a multiple of 4 + 2 (when added to the 22 stitches on the needle, this will make a multiple of four).

Work in the round in K2 P2 ribbing for 2.5 inches. If you feel like removing all markers except the one marking the beggining of your picked-up stitches, feel free. After 2.5", BO loosely.

For Ruth, the jacket

PM. Pick up 29 stitches down left front, PM, 50 stitches across bottom edge, PM, and 29 stitches up right side, PM and join with live stitches already on needle. If you've made sizing adjustments, the only thing you really need to know is that you should pick up one stitch for every row down the sides and one stitch for every stitch along the bottom, making any adjustments neccessary for there to be a multiple of 4 + 2 (when added to the 22 stitches on the needle, this will make a multiple of four).

The first row in the round will be a knit row. *As you work, remove the markers from the decrease work, leaving only the four markers you placed while picking up stitches.* In all 22 live stitches along the neck, K1 F&B in each stitch, bringing the number to 44. K 1 in each picked-up stitch down the edge until 4 stitches before marker. K1 F&B in each stitch until marker. K 1 in 50 bottom-edge stitches. K1 F&B in the first 4 stitches after marker, then K 1 in each remaining stitch to first marker. There should be 160 stitches on your needles.

Work in the round in 2x2 ribbing until ribbing measures 11" long. BO loosely.

Finishing Ruth and Ruthie

Your jacket is almost finished! All there is left to do is sew the sleeve seams and graft the bound-off stitches under the arms. I did not block mine. I'm not sure how you'd go about it, actually. Mine didn't need it.

Hope you like it. It is my first attempt at writing a pattern, so there may be some conventions I missed. If you have any questions, let me know. I'll be happy to make any clarifications neccessary.

10 Comments:

Blogger Pat said...

Now that is just lovely! I saw the first one on Craftster and loved it. I think I like this one, with its mods, even better!

5:04 PM  
Blogger Lothruin said...

Thanks! I actually really like this one too. I loved the first one, partly for nostalgia's sake, it being my first garment, and my first pattern, but also because of the yarn, which was luxurious and wonderful. This one is actualy a novelty yarn. It's a little fuzzy. Not as fuzzy as a fun fur, but like a giant version of mohair or something, with the fuzz magnified as much as the yarn. It's fuzzier than I would choose for myself, but it turned out very satisfying considering I know my Oma will love it.

7:47 PM  
Blogger LittleMissMeshell said...

OOh gorgeous! Love the colours and it looks so comfy :)
Your mannequins stomach looks scarily real though! lol.
MissMeshell

4:49 PM  
Blogger Lothruin said...

Thanks! It IS really comfy. Very soft. It makes me really happy to think of my Oma all cozy. :D

And Eponine's stomach does look weirdly real, doesn't it? She's Eponine because she is definitely one of the miserable. She's got a couple of bad crumbly dents and scratched paint... And no arms, legs or head. Her sister, Cosette, hardly gets used at all because she's actually three different colors. One of these days I'll fix them up with a little drywall mud and some paint. And then I'll have to rename them.

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Diana! I like your work.
Please, can you send me the pattern? diana_caciu@yahoo.com

1:08 AM  
Blogger Sachi said...

This is beautiful! Congrats to you!

12:15 AM  
Blogger kate said...

this came out awesome. and i love the brooch you put with it!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Lothruin said...

Thanks! The brooch is one of a small collection of large vintage brooches I've picked up, but unfortunately the jacket is going to my Oma without, because she wears them open, and her hands wouldn't be able to work the brooch anymore anyway.

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Bonnie said...

Gorgeous and I am in love with that yarn! So in love that I may in fact take the advice once given my third grade best friend Tatiana Wilkinson and marry it.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Lothruin said...

Yeah, the yarn is really nice to work with, too, although the fuzzies are some sort of almost plasticy stuff, and if you work really fast for a really long time, it almost seems as if it's about to give you blisters, but I never actually got any so... Otherwise, though, it's very soft and cushy, and it comes in some really beautiful colorways, including my favorite, Shetland, which is all purples and blues and mossy greens, and very much like a thistle. :D

5:19 PM  

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