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Monday, January 7, 2008

Found Inspiration

I find knitting inspiration all around me. I encourage you to do the same. One of the best stores in the nation for inspiration and support of the craft of hand knit fashion, (at exorbitant prices), is Antropologie. If you cannot afford to shop there, you can afford to browse there. We first visited the store in Philadelphia a few years ago on the " 9 Thousand Mile Road Trip." That is their flagship store and Chelsea Clinton was in the house that day. At least one of the buyers must be a knitter. Sign up to get their catalog and use it like a pattern book for young and hip knits.

This year for all Christmas gift purchases, the gift wrap included a box, tissue and the coolest yarn tie on "pom-pom bow." Just one look and I had to have some for scarf ends. It may not be too late to go into your local store and ask if they have any left over and if they will sell them to you? Of course, they will just give them to you, especially if you are making a purchase. So, with that in mind here is the pattern. This pattern was devised from studying a scarf that was sold last year in the same store. It was knit in 3 colors with a nice long tassel or fringe. Steezy and I agreed it would work nicely for this project.

With size 11, 29" circular needles cast on 130 sts. Use a chunky weight yarn with body. Try to leave a 12 inch tail to use later to sew on the pom-pom ball. Now K2, P2. Continue in 2x2 Rib pattern until piece measures 8 inches. Bind off in rib pattern loosely. This is important so that the scarf does not curl up on one side. Leave a 12 inch tail. Thread a tapestry needle with the tail, gather the last row and stitch through the pom several times to securely attach to each end of the scarf. TA DA! My college girl is modeling it and has ordered one for her scarf wardrobe ASAP...

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