I Heart Bows!

I recently switched to a short natural ‘do and hair accessories have become my best friend. I whipped up this floppy bow headband and I’m really loving it.

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This is a quick project (2-3 hours) for children through adults. Sizing can be altered by knitting fewer inches starting after row 24.

Cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Row 5 and all odd rows: Purl all sts
Row 6,8,10,12: Knit all sts
Row 14: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 16,18,20,22: Complete the same as row 14.
Row 24: Knit all 14 sts.
Work in stockinette for 21 inches or desired length.
Shaping the right bow: (you will be increasing)
Right side rows: K1, inc 1 in next stitch,knit to the last 2 sts, inc 1 in next stitch, K1. (Total: 16 sts on needle)
Wrong side rows: Purl all sts.
Repeat 5 times. You should end up with 24 sts.
Once increases are completed knit 5 rows in stockinette. Then knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off 24 sts. Sew in ends using a tapestry needle.

Enjoy!

gold bow

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The hardest blanket ever!

Backstory:

I was walking down lovely Valencia St in San Francisco when I stumbled upon Serendipity. I saw skeins of beautiful yarn in the window …I went to just take a peek… I met Kathy, the purveyor of the yarns… she showed me the wonders that were for sale…and well you know the rest. I ended up walking out with a new pattern book: 9 months of Knitting by the gals  at Tin Can Knits http://www.tincanknits.com/collection-9months.html and 4 skeins of Cascade Superwash Wool. Looking through the book, I fell in love with the Dogwood pattern (seen below). I did my “new project happy dance” and skipped home to begin.

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Cut to 3 weeks later:

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is how I feel when knitting this project. I consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, but is blanket is beyond me? The design of the blanket is to knit the pattern in the round and eventually you end up with 4 large squares that you sew together. As of today, I have  finished just 1 square!!! This makes me sad/frustrated/annoyed and oddly more determined to complete this project. I mean I have worked on this project pretty much everyday, for at least an hour, so I should have more progress right? Well not really as I had to start the whole piece over 3 times and then had to rip out sections at least 4 times. Ugh!

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But I am determined to conquer this beast!  Hopefully the tricks I picked up completing the first square will help with squares 2-4. Pray for me folks, because I think this baby is going to be going to Kindergarten before this blanket is complete.